APJ PSYCHOLOGICAL CONSULTING - Professional, knowledgeable, effective!

BSc(Hons) MSc C.Psychol. AFBPsS


Annabel Poate-Joyner is Director and Lead Consultant of APJ Psychological Consulting, providing high-quality independent clinical, medico-legal and expert witness services across statutory NHS/Local Authority, Police, CPS, MOD and private sector health and social care services.  

Annabel Poate-Joyner is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow with the British Psychological Society and a Registered Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council with over 27 years of post-qualification professional experience working in Mental Health, Learning Disability, Vulnerable Persons, including  Complex & Challenging Needs and Autistic Spectrum Disorders, and in complex Child & Family cases. 

Annabel Poate-Joyner is Expert Advisor to SOCA/NCA/College of Policing, and has provided expert opinion and testimony in a large number of serious criminal cases including sexual offences, domestic abuse, controlling and coercive behaviour, arson, and murder.

Annabel has also provided expert opinion in several major NHS/Care Home investigations/prosecutions and in independent Inspection, Audit, Evaluation projects and a Judicial Review in the High Court, and is a Specialist Professional Advisor for CQC.


1985: BSc (Hons) Experimental Psychology.

1989: MSc in Clinical Psychology. University of Surrey.

2008: Expert Witness Certificate, Cardiff Law School.

2011: Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders (DISCO) training, National Autistic Society.


Health and Care Professions Council (HPCP) Registered Practitioner       Psychologist (PYL21198)

British Psychological Society Chartered Psychologist (23955)Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.
Full Member of BPS Division of Clinical Psychology

BPS DCP Faculty of Forensic Clinical Psychology

BPS DCP Faculty for People with Intellectual Disabilities

BPS Division of Forensic Psychology

BPS Special Group for Independent Practitioners Committee

BPS Crisis, Disaster & Trauma Psychology Section

BPS Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors

BPS Expert Witness Advisory Group

BPS Mental Capacity Advisory Group


Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes, former President of the British Psychological Society, (2015-16),  profjamiehh@gmail.com

Ewa Rula, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, ewa.rula@googlemail.com


Director & Lead Clinician of APJ Psychological Consulting  

Director & Lead Clinician of Specialist Psychological Occupational Health & Therapy Service (SPOTS)

Police Forces and National Crime Agency


Trustee of Care of Police Survivors Charity (COPS)



April 1998 to date: Consultant Clinical Psychologist in independent clinical, medico-legal and expert witness practice and psychological consultancy. #

April 2012 to August 2012: Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Manager responsible for Service Development and delivery of Psychology to a specialist secure Autistic Spectrum Disorders service for children and young people, and satellite community homes for Vulnerable Adults with the full range of complex and challenging needs and dual diagnosis.

June 2011 to April 2012: Locum Consultant Clinical Psychologist (8C) Defence Clinical Psychology Service, Joint Medical Command, based at Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH) Portsmouth.

Assessment and treatment of mental health and occupational management of serving tri-forces military personnel.

Development of specially commissioned Problem Anger Workshop (PAW) Anger Management Programme for DCMH delivery.

Clinical supervision to DCMH Multi-disciplinary Team

April 10 to June 2011: Locum Consultant Clinical Psychologist (8C) to Poole Community Mental Health Teams, Dorset Foundation University Healthcare Trust (DFUHT).

Assessment, psychological intervention and case management of the full range of complex and enduring adult mental issues and personality disorders, clinical supervision of MDT colleagues.

January to April 2010: Consultant Clinical Psychologist (8C)& High-Intensity Practitioner to Bournemouth & Poole IAPT Service, DFUHT.

Psychological psychotherapy using a cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) model as specified by NICE guidelines.

April 1998: Independent clinical and expert witness practice.

1995-1998: Consultant Clinical Psychologist (Grade B) in Learning Disabilities & Vulnerable Adults, with Chichester Priority Care NHS Trust. Head and Lead Clinician of Learning Disability Specialty & Specialist Challenging Behaviours Service including Complex Needs and Dual Diagnosis. Community, residential and secure in-patient provision for Learning Disabled people with Challenging and Complex Needs including Mental Health/ Dual Diagnosis, and Personality Disorder.

Resettlement of long-stay residential services into the community.

Provision of psychology services to NHS and independent sector homes.

1993-2001: Specialist supervision at RESPOND, a charity based in London. Supervision of specialist psychotherapy with  borderline/learning-disabled sexual offenders.

1992-1995: Principal/Consultant Clinical Psychologist (Grade A) in Adult Mental Health and Learning Disability Joint Service at Queen Mary’s, Roehampton, Richmond, Twickenham & Roehampton NHS Trust.

Community, out-patient and in-patient psychology services.

Provider of full range of psychological therapies with individual, couple and group-work approaches.

Clinical specialist in the assessment and treatment of victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse/offences and other forms of abuse and trauma.

Consultant appointed to development and implementation Service policy for the prevention of abuse of Learning Disabled service users following the Inquiry into abuse of residents at Normansfield, Hampton Wick.

Responsibility for the provision of psychology services in community and independent sector care homes.

1991-1992: Senior Clinical Psychologist in Adult Mental Health & Health Psychology with Bloomsbury & Islington NHS Trust.

1989-1991: Clinical Psychologist in Learning Disability, Merton & Sutton Health Authority. Full range of assessment, psychological intervention and treatment approaches including individual and group therapy, in community, residential and long-stay LD hospitals.

Provision of CTPLD MDT assessment and psychology services to statutory and independent sector homes and to learning disabled people, families and carers in the community. 


Harmful Exposure. Police Review, Vol 112, No 5756, 9 Jan 2004, pp 20-21

How to work effectively with your expert. Your Witness, Spring 2008, pp39-40. 


Annabel Poate-Joyner, Director & Clinical Lead
APJ Psychological Consulting Ltd
Registered Office:
Cawley Place, 15 Cawley Road, Chichester PO19 1UZ

Telephone: 0203 488 0855

email: apj@apjpsychologicalconsulting.co.uk



(Updated January 2017)