Paul Blenkiron is an accredited member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies. He holds the post of consultant psychiatrist at Bootham Park Hospital in York. He is also a Public Education Officer for the UK Royal College of Psychiatrists and has acted as expert consultee to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) on the production of several clinical guidelines in mental health.
Paul's special interest lies in the teaching, research and practice of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). In all, he has authored over sixty clinical and research publications. His book 'Stories and Analogies in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy', is the first to teach practical CBT by utilising the power of narrative, metaphor, humour and anecdote. He is also co-contributor to the book 'CBT for Occupational Stress in Health Professionals' (ed. Martin Bamber) and to 'The Encyclopaedia of the Sciences of Learning (Springer Publications).
After qualifying from the University of Oxford in medicine, he gained membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 1992. He then trained in Australia and Britain before becoming a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. In 1999 he was awarded the degree of Master of Medical Sciences from Leeds University.
He is currently Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Hull-York Medical School and at the Academic Unit of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, Leeds University. His research achievements include the Max Hamilton Prize for his work on the timing of self harm behaviour, and the Douglas Bennett Prize in Rehabilitation Psychiatry regarding the involvement of mental health service users in their care.
As a CBT practitioner, he sees people referred to York’s Department of Psychological Therapies through the UK National Health Service. He also works as liaison psychiatrist within the psycho-oncology service. He enjoys teaching CBT at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and is a facilitator on the CBT and IAPT courses for Mental Health Professionals at the Department of Health Sciences, York University.
Paul continues to be active in promoting evidence-based therapies that are accessible to all. He endeavours to raise the profile of mental health and CBT through his writings, media work, national training workshops and web-based public information guides.