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The Forum Members

Forum Members

The people below are the people who will listen to your testimony, when you come along to a hearing. They will also be the people who write the report.

Dr Rachel Happer

Dr Rachel Happer

Head of the Forum

Dr Rachel Happer is a clinical psychologist with 14 years’ experience in clinical practice since her graduation from the University of Glasgow.  Throughout that time she has focused on abuse and trauma, in particular with an adolescent population.  She worked for 10 years as the senior psychologist in NHS Lothian Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service sexual trauma team.  Dr Happer is the author of ‘Survive and Thrive – Under 18s’, a psychoeducation course for young people who have experienced abuse and trauma, funded by Survivor Scotland.  Finding alternative, technologically current approaches to engaging with young people has never been more important, and in 2015 Rachel created a pioneering ‘Survive and Thrive’ online resource.  She is also co-author of Mentalisation-based therapy for adolescents. 

Having worked with many children and young people who are looked after and accommodated, she is passionate about finding ways to improve the lives of those who have experienced early adversity.  Rachel has also been a member of the Executive Committee of the Division of Clinical Psychology – Scotland (DCP-S), and is the DCP-S representative on the cross-party group for adult survivors of sexual abuse.

Jamie Malcolm

Jamie Malcolm

Forum Member

Mr James Malcolm originally trained as a mental health and general nurse who, prior to retiring at the end of 2008, was Deputy Director of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland.

He has had very wide contact with people who have experienced care in mental health hospital and residential care in Scotland and has been involved in many activities promoting a rights based approach to care. He participated in and chaired a number of the Commission’s major inquiries, and was a member of the group that reviewed the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 and of the Maclean Committee on serious violent and sexual offenders.  

Before his time at the Commission Jamie worked in various clinical and management roles at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital and the State Hospital, Scotland’s high security hospital. In addition to bringing these skills and experience to the role, Jamie has recently retired part-time as the clinical adviser to Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s Suicide Reporting and Learning System, provides expert reports and acts as an independent lead for adverse event reviews being undertaken by Health Boards. 

Mr Malcolm was also a member of the Board of Support in Mind (Scotland).

Anni Farrington

Anni Farrington

Forum Member

After qualifying as a Registered Mental Health Nurse and Cognitive Behavioural Psychologist, Anni spent over thirty years in clinical practice.  She worked with, and taught other how to work with people with a wide range of mental health difficulties, including those experienced as the aftermath of abuse.  She was instrumental in setting up the first Master of Science and Doctor of Practice in Cognitive Behavioural Psychology in the United Kingdom. 

As a Mental Health Commissioner, Anni worked with service users on the design, development and overview management of Psychological Services, Mental Health Day Services and Care of People with Dementia Services. 

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