Dr Joan Rutherford


Dr Joan Rutherford FRCPsych Joan became Chief Medical Member, First Tier Tribunal (Mental Health) in 2010, and is also an honorary consultant at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Her post combines the position of doctor at the Mental Health Tribunal with a management and training role and she is a member of the tribunal’s child and adolescent mental health services panel (CAMHS). Previously, she was a consultant psychiatrist at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust from 1992–99, then at South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust from 1999–2010. Joan co-authored the eBook Mental Disorders –Information for Mental Health Tribunal Members, which was made available to all judicial members of HM Courts and Tribunals Service in August 2019.