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Professor Asif Zia


Professor Asif Zia is a consultant psychiatrist and executive director for Quality and Medical Leadership at Hertfordshire Partnership University Foundation Trust. Asif has also been appointed as chair of the NHS Confederation Mental Health Network's Medical Director Forum for the NHS Confederation in July 2022. He has been involved in service development and quality improvement activities at regional and national level. He has published peer reviewed papers and policy documents on models of service delivery, quality standards, service users’ engagement, managed clinical networks, and on clinical topics such as epilepsy and autism. Asif was awarded professional of the year by the Royal College of the Psychiatrist in 2021.


Recent Publications

  • Gates, Bob & Sawhney, Inder & Alexander, Regi & Shardlow, Sophie & Zia, Asif. (2022). Telepsychiatry for people with intellectual disabilities and mental health difficulties during Covid-19 pandemic: survey of self-reported experience and acceptability to patients, carers and psychiatrists in the UK. International Journal of Developmental Disabilities. 1-7. 10.1080/20473869.2022.2143047.


  • Velani, Bharat & Sawhney, Inder & Alexander, Regi & Shardlow, Sophie & Zia, Asif. (2022). Implementing proposed reforms of the Mental Health Act for people with intellectual disability and autism: the perspective of multidisciplinary professionals in intellectual disability teams. BJPsych Open. 8. 10.1192/bjo.2022.604.


  • Sawhney, Inder & Bassett, Paul & Zia, Asif & Alexander, Regi & Shankar, Rohit. (2021). Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in people with intellectual disability: statistical approach to developing a bespoke screening tool. BJPsych Open. 7. 10.1192/bjo.2021.1023.


  • Alexander, Regi & Zia, Asif & Hunt, Anne & Chester, Verity & Langdon, Peter & Devapriam, John & Gangadharan, Satheesh & Shankar, Rohit. (2020). People with Intellectual Disability and Mental Health/Behavioural Problems: Guidance on COVID-19 for Community Settings.


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