Dr Allan Johnston

MBBS, MRCPsych, Cert.Med.Ed(IU)

Consultant Psychiatrist specialising in Sports Psychiatry

Dr Allan Johnston, MBBS, MRCPsych, Cert.Med.Ed(IU) is a Consultant Psychiatrist specialising in Sports Psychiatry.
He has recently been employed by the English Institute of Sport (EIS) as Sports Psychiatrist to the Mental Health Expert Panel (MHEP) supporting our Great Britain Olympic and Paralympic Athletes in preparation for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.

The Bradford Bulls RLFC employed Allan as the world’s first Rugby League Sports Psychiatrist in 2012. He now works with athletes across a range of sports, dance and performance disciplines.

Since leaving the Bradford Bulls, as Medical Director and Sports Psychiatrist to Synergy Medicine Ltd Allan has developed an independent sports medicine service in Leeds that works with all levels of conditions and injuries in Athletes. Allan works with Athletes on all aspects of Wellbeing and Performance and how these interrelate. In addition he has been selected for a role with The UK Anti-Doping authority in the management of ADHD and Therapeutic Use Exemptions.

He is a co-founder of, and was recently elected to, the position of Deputy Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Sports and Exercise Psychiatry Special Interest Group – the Royal Colleges fastest growing Special Interest Group. Dr Johnston Co-ordinates training for UK Sports Psychiatrists.

With a strong passion for all sport, Allan works on a voluntary basis as Sports Psychiatrist and Trustee to State of Mind Sport, a charity aiming to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Athletes and their communities.

In his NHS role Dr Johnston chaired the Derbyshire Suicide Prevention Strategy Group 2013-2018 and lead a range of innovations in the region including the development of our regional strategy, a greater involvement of Service users in co-producing their own services, chairing Suicide Prevention conferences and World Suicide Prevention Day initiatives. Since 2015, over 3 successive years, suicide rates in Derbyshire have almost halved with reduced rates seen particularly in men. In 2018 our work with Public Health on training General Practitioners in Suicide Prevention strategies was nominated for a Health Service Journal (HSJ) award.

Allan is a qualified teacher-trainer and is widely published in both Liaison & Sports Psychiatry.

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