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Kapil Sayal

Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

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  • workDevelopmental Psychiatry, E Floor, South Block
    Queen's Medical Centre
    Nottingham
    NG7 2UH
    UK
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Biography

After completing undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Medicine, Kapil undertook a combined clinical and academic training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry and the Bethlem & Maudsley / SLAM NHS Trusts. He was awarded a Health Services Research Training Fellowship investigating pathways to care for children at risk of ADHD and was subsequently appointed as a Clinical Lecturer. He completed his PhD during this period and received 3 awards marking a significant achievement in research for work based on his PhD, including the Royal College of Psychiatrists Research Prize. This work informed the care pathway recommendations in the NICE Guidelines for ADHD.

Kapil was appointed as Senior Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 2005 and subsequently promoted to Reader and then Professor. Kapil is an NIHR Senior Investigator.

Expertise Summary

Keywords:

ADHD, Depression, Children and Young People's Mental Health Services Research, Trials, Developmental epidemiology.

Teaching Summary

Professor Sayal is a PhD supervisor in the fields of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology and within the Centre for ADHD and Neuro-developmental Disorders Across the Lifespan (CANDAL).… read more

Research Summary

Professor Kapil Sayal's research interests and expertise include Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs), developmental epidemiology, Health Services Research, child and adolescent mental health in… read more

Selected Publications

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Senior Investigator

Member of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guidelines Development Group for ADHD (CG72, 2008; NG87, 2018). Professor Sayal's programme of Health Services Research investigating access to services for children with ADHD under-pinned the national stepped care pathway recommendations in these guidelines. He led the work on developing care pathways and was a member of the Education topic group developing practice recommendations for schools.

Expert panel member, NICE Depression in Children and Young People Guideline Committee

Academic Secretary for the Child Psychiatry Research Society

Panel Member, NIHR HTA Clinical Evaluation and Trials Funding Committee

Associate Editor of 'Evidence-Based Mental Health' (published by the BMJ Publishing Group); Joint Editor of 'Child and Adolescent Mental Health' (2013-18) & Technology Matters Co-Editor (since 2019)

Professor Sayal is a PhD supervisor in the fields of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology and within the Centre for ADHD and Neuro-developmental Disorders Across the Lifespan (CANDAL). (http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/candal/index.aspx) He also co-supervises PhDs within the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre and the Midlands Mental Health & Neurosciences PhD Programme for Healthcare Professionals, where he is the Lead for the Children and Young People Theme.

Professor Sayal is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He teaches on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Topics in the under-graduate and post-graduate training curriculums, including post-graduate taught courses. Externally, he has acted as External Examiner for the M.Sc. in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, King's College London PhDs as well as for PhDs.

He is the Academic Programme Director for the NIHR-funded Academic Clinical Fellowships in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Within his NHS Trust, he is the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Tutor.

Current Research

Professor Kapil Sayal's research interests and expertise include Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs), developmental epidemiology, Health Services Research, child and adolescent mental health in schools and primary care, ADHD and depression. He carries out epidemiological research in ADHD including long-term follow-up studies. His programme of Health Services Research includes intervention research that aims to improve the identification of and outcomes for children and young people with mental health problems in school, primary care and specialist clinical settings.

Kapil led a 5-year follow-up of an RCT investigating the impact of school-based interventions for attention and hyperactivity problems on children's outcomes and access to services. He was the Nottingham lead on an NIHR HTA-funded RCT (PROMISE) of a school-based CBT intervention to prevent depression in high-risk adolescents.

Currently, Kapil is leading the NIHR HTA-funded STADIA trial investigating the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of a standardised diagnostic assessment for children and young people with emotional difficulties who have been referred to CAMHS (https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/12/5/e053043.long). He also leads the multi-methods "Far Away from Home" national study which is investigating the scale and impacts of far-from-home or out-of-area admissions experienced by young people with mental health difficulties (https://arc-em.nihr.ac.uk/research/far-away-home).

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