Professor Gordon Turnbull

  • Consultant Psychiatrist
  • Lead Trauma Consultant

My professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:

  • BSc MB ChB
  • FRCP
  • FRCPsych

My professional experience:

I graduated from Edinburgh University in 1973, and entered psychiatry at the Neuropsychiatric Centre, Royal Air Force Hospital Wroughton in Wiltshire in 1980. My previous post-graduate experience had been in General Medicine, Expedition Medicine and Neurology. I was appointed Consultant in 1986 and my focus turned to psychological trauma after the Lockerbie Air Disaster in 1988 and  active service in the Gulf War of 1991 as RAF psychiatric adviser in the field, first-ever debriefings of British prisoners-of-war and released British hostages from the Lebanon. My team developed new treatment strategies for trauma in the RAF and post-RAF I concentrated on trauma services for civilians, police officers, emergency service personnel and military veterans.

In 1992 I received the RAF Aviation Medicine prize and in 1993 received the “People of the Year“ Award from the Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation in recognition of my work in the field of psychotrauma.

Currently, I am Lead Consultant in Psychological Trauma at Capio Nightingale Hospital London, and have another outpatient clinic in Wiltshire and visiting Professor to the University of Chester’s MSc in Psychological Trauma.

My personal statement:

I like to take a systemic interest in psychiatry, including biological dimensions as well as psychological and social aspects and am very interested in stress inoculation as a way to enhance resilience leading to personal growth. I am also very fortunate to work closely with a team of therapists with a wide range of skills to enable me to carry out this work.

I am dedicated to spreading the messages of reversibility and recovery from stress reactions as widely as possible and have published research, lectured in the UK and overseas and written a book “Trauma: From Lockerbie to 7/7; How trauma affects our minds and how we fight back” in the attempt to do so.