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Dr Abrar Hussain

Consultant Psychiatrist

MBBS, FRCPsych, Certificate of Completion of Training, PG Certificate

Practises at: Circle Reading Hospital


Personal Profile

Dr Abrar Hussain is a Consultant Psychiatrist specialising in General Adult Psychiatry and Liaison Psychiatry (interface between psychological and physical health).

His areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, traumatic stress, personality disorders, functional neurological disorders and psychosomatic disorders. He runs a specialist service in the NHS for functional neurological disorders.

He completed his medical training in 2003 in Chennai, India as a gold medallist and completed his postgraduate training in Psychiatry in London. He was awarded membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2009. He is on the General Medical Council Specialist Register. He has been the recipient of several Clinical Excellence Awards recognising his clinical expertise and contribution towards the delivery of safe high-quality care.

Dr Hussain believes in a holistic approach using a combination of pharmacological and psychological interventions. He is accredited in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), a type of collaborative therapy based on exploring relationship patterns. He is also an EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) therapy is a powerful approach for traumatic memories.

In 2023, Dr Hussain was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists as a mark of distinction and recognition of contributions to psychiatry. 

Dr Hussain has published his work in scientific journals and presented at national and international conferences. He has delivered oral and poster presentations and won prizes for his work. He is invited on a regular basis to deliver talks to clinicians and trainees.

Apart from his clinical work, Dr Hussain is actively involved in a number of other areas. He is a qualified mentor and is active in clinical teaching. He also provides post graduate training to psychiatrists taking the Royal College of Psychiatrists examination and is the Course Director for a London based MRCPsych CASC course.

His research portfolio includes the national multi-centre CODES trial for dissociative seizures where he was a Principal Investigator.

He is trained in Quality Improvement processes and is an Accredited ‘Green Belt’ Practitioner. Dr Hussain supports the charity FND Hope UK and is a member of its Medical Expert Committee.

Dr Hussain practices patient-centred care and believes in supporting patients in a holistic manner seeing every clinical interaction as an opportunity to deliver excellent care and make a real difference.

Find out more by visiting Dr Hussain’s website

Current NHS or research position

Consultant Psychiatrist, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Year of first medical qualification


Traumatic stress
Personality disorders
Functional neurological disorders
Psychosomatic disorders

Functional Neurological Disorders

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Best Poster – EMDR in the treatment of psychosomatic symptoms, European Association of Psychosomatic Medicine, Verona, 2018

Poster prize – Measuring outcomes in medically unexplained symptoms in the outpatient setting: Observations from a neurology MUS clinic, London, 2013

Poster prize – Medically Unexplained Symptoms: opportunities for collaborative working, a public survey of awareness and attitudes to referrals, Reading, 2013

Hussain, A., Shah, S., Dave, S., Ramkisson, R., & Quadri, M. F. A. (2020). Remote Consultations: The New Norm. Sushruta Journal of Health Policy & Opinion, 13(2)

Hussain A, Salvadori A. Medically Unexplained Symptoms in General Practice. Clinical Focus Primary Care 2014; 8(3):132-136

Ahmed K, Hussain A. A leaflet to improve knowledge and attitudes to help seeking for mental illness among Muslim
The Psychiatrist. 1 April 2014

Crawford MJ, Parry AMH, Weston ARW, Seretis D, Zauter-Tutt M, Hussain A, Mostajabi P, Sanatinia R, North B. Relationship between price paid for off-trade alcohol, alcohol consumption and income in England: a cross-sectional survey. Alcohol and Alcoholism 2012 Nov-Dec;47(6):738-42

Hussain A, Thirkell T, Taher A. Enhancing the effectiveness of an Assertive Outreach Team: Case study. The Psychiatrist 2011; 35: 266-268

Hussain A, Husni M. Preparing for MRCPsych CASC – an insight based on experience. British Journal of Medical Practitioners 2010;3(2):314

Hussain A, Mohan A, Sathiyasekaran BWC. Response to ban on smoking in public places – a cross-sectional study. Journal of Indian Medical Association 2009;107(7):450-452

Hussain A. Pressures on Psychiatry
BMA News. 2009 Sep 5

Hussain A, Belderbos S. Risperidone in the treatment of psychosis associated with multiple sclerosis – A Case Report. Journal of Psychopharmacology 2008;22(8):925

Hussain A, Burke J. Mirtazapine associated with Recurrent Pancreatitis – A Case Report. Journal of Psychopharmacology 2008;22(3):336-337
Hussain A. Redefining the role of nurses
Psychiatric Bulletin July 2008; 32(7): 275