I was born and raised in Newcastle upon Tyne. I studied for my first Bachelor’s degree in BioEngineering at Imperial college London and, following graduation, I worked as an NHS bioengineer in the Princess Royal hospital in Bromley and the Royal Free hospital in London before applying for graduate medicine at Newcastle university. I qualified as a junior doctor in 2012 and completed my foundation training in the Freeman Hospital and Royal Victoria Infirmary.
I started my psychiatric core training in 2014 and higher training in 2017. I was honoured to win both core trainee and higher trainee of the year during my training. I co-chaired the successful Old Age Higher trainee conference in Newcastle in March 2018. During my training, I spent 3 months in Tanzania researching neurocognitive disorders in patient’s living with HIV. The study is ongoing but several papers have been published from the data collected.
I became a consultant psychiatrist in 2020. I work in the Older Person’s Community Treatment Team where myself and the team support people who are usually over 65 years of age and are suffering from a wide range of mental health difficulties from organic problems such as dementia to functional problems such as depression and psychosis.
I have recently been working with the Royal college of Psychiatrists in the House of Lords to develop mental health policy and advocate for better funding for our mental health services.
- LEWIS T, PILLAI M, SALIM T, ALLAN CL. DIAGNOSING AND MANAGING DEMENTIA IN PRIMARY CARE. PRACTITIONER SEPT 2019;263(1829):17-20
- Eaton P, Lewis T et al. Risk factors for symptomatic HIV ‐associated neurocognitive disorder in adults aged 50 and over attending a HIV clinic in Tanzania. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. June 2020;1– 11
- Mckinnon I, LEWIS T, et al. Vitamin D in patients with intellectual and developmental disability in secure in-patient services in the North of England, JPsych Bull. 2018 Feb; 42(1): 24–29