Dr Christina Pourgourides
Dr Christina Pourgourides is a psychiatrist who is nationally recognised for innovative community outreach work in the management of eating disorders, and previously for her research highlighting the mental health needs of asylum seekers.
She combines her role at Newbridge House with her NHS post with the Intensive Community Outreach Team (ICOS) in Solihull. Dr Pourgourides developed and has led the team since its inception in 2006. The team provides intensive support to severely ill young people as an alternative to hospital. It is now narrowing its focus solely on the management of young people with eating disorders. Independent evaluation of clinical outcomes and patient and carer satisfaction is excellent and in recognition of this, the team was awarded Psychiatric Team of the Year (children and adolescents category) by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2014.
Dr Pourgourides continues to innovate and enhance the service, introducing parental mental health assessments and parent support sessions to strengthen the therapeutic alliance between clinical team and family.
She is also known for her work with asylum seekers, having been visiting psychiatrist for the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture and worked in a tertiary referral service specialising in supporting those exposed to trauma. Dr Pourgourides produced Second Exile, the first ever systematic research on the mental health of detained asylum seekers in the UK. The report continues to be widely cited and has contributed to changes in the law and detention procedures.
Dr Pourgourides took her medical degree at the University of Birmingham and undertook her training as a psychiatrist first in Birmingham and then at St George’s Hospital in London.
She has been named as one of 65 ‘Caring Physicians in the World’ by the World Medical Association and has been commended as a European Woman of Achievement by the European Union of Women.