Dr Balaji Wuntakal MBBS, DPM, DNB (Psychiatry), MRCPsych, CCT in General Adult Psychiatry, Old Age Psychiatry and Liaison Psychiatry
Dr Balaji Wuntakal has dual qualifications in psychiatry with higher specialist training in the UK and abroad. He has over 12 years of experience working as a consultant in old age psychiatry within NHS. His expertise includes assessments of mental health problems in late middle and older age, within the context of multimorbidity/frailty. His expertise in adult mental health gives him an edge in assessing functional mental health problems in people with cognitive impairment. He has specialist qualifications in undertaking mental capacity assessments in people with memory difficulties and these situations may include assessments for the purposes of a court of protection as well for testamentary capacity, lasting powers of attorney and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. He has had formal training as an expert witness and has provided fitness to plead and stand trial reports for patients with mental incapacity. He has experience in preparation of medico-legal reports to courts representing older patients with various forms of mental health problems. He is a postgraduate trainer in old age psychiatry and a regular medical teacher at Southampton Medical School and for Wessex deanery. He is a senior medical appraiser in the NHS and has held senior clinical leadership roles within community physical health & mental health services. He has published in several peer-reviewed journals in his specialist field as well as presentations at international conferences.