Dr Fiona McCartan

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
MB BCh BAO, MRCPsych, PG Cert Clinical Education, PG Dip Mental Health, PG Dip Mental Health Law


Training, Qualifications and Experience:

Dr McCartan studied Medicine in Queen’s University in Belfast.  She is a fully registered Medical Practitioner with the General Medical Council (GMC no: 4639617) and has Specialist Registration in the Specialty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She obtained a Diploma in Mental health with Distinction in 2002 and a Diploma in Mental Health Law with commendation in 2008.  In addition to her specialist training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry within Northern Ireland, she also completed additional sub-specialist training in Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry in Manchester in 2007, gaining an endorsement in Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry.  Dr McCartan is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and is a Part II Approved Doctor within the meaning of the Mental Health (Northern Ireland) Order 1986.

Dr McCartan has been working as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) within the NHS since February 2010.  She is the Clinical Lead for a local CAMHS Crisis Resolution Service and has been involved in service developments in this area.  She also has been involved in the development of Forensic CAMHS services within Northern Ireland.  Dr McCartan has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of a wide range of mental health problems affecting children and young people.  In addition to her specialist training and expertise in Forensic Mental Health and Specialist Risk Assessment, she has previously worked for 5 years within Woodlands Juvenile Justice Centre.  Having completed both her ADOS and DISCO training and working with young people with ASD as part of her daily practice, she also have extensive experience and expertise in both the assessment and management of ASD and its co-morbidities.


Medical-Legal Services:

Dr McCartan is experienced in providing medical-legal services.  She can provide expert medical-legal opinion and reports in relation to children and young people up to the age of 18 years for a wide range of issues including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Personal Injury,
  • Clinical Negligence,
  • Mental Capacity Assessments
  • Forensic Mental Health and/ or Risk Assessments