K. W. M. Fulford

DPhil FRCP FRCPsych, Professor of Philosophy and Mental Health, University of Warwick; Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, University of Oxford, UK

Bill (KWM) Fulford is Professor of Philosophy and Mental Health in the Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick, where he runs a Masters, PhD and research programme in Philosophy, Ethics and Mental Health (PEMH). This is the first centre of excellence for inter-disciplinary work between philosophy and mental health. He is also an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford; Visiting Professor in Psychology, The Institute of Psychiatry and King’s College, London University; Visiting Professor in Philosophy and Professional Practice Skills in the Centre for Professional Ethics, University of Central Lancashire; and Visiting Professor, Kent Institute of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Kent. He is the Founder Chair of the Philosophy Special Interest Group in The Royal College of Psychiatrists (over 1600 members). He is a Fellow of both The Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Royal College of Physicians (London). He was Director of the Oxford Practice Skills Programme which set up the Oxford Practice Skills Course in the University of Oxford Medical School. This course brings together ethics, law and communication skills in a problem-solving approach to clinical decision making. He is the Editor of the first international journal for philosophy and mental health, PPP - Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology. He has published widely on philosophical and ethical aspects of mental health (e.g. Healthcare Ethics and the Human Values: an Introductory Text with Readings and Case Studies, Ed Fulford, Dickenson and Murray. Blackwell Publishers 2002). His recent research has been on values and models of disorder in community mental health. He is a member of the NIMHE Values Project Group and is seconded part-time to the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health to develop training materials on values and models for mental health care practitioners within the Capability Framework for the NSF.

He has established a new book series from Oxford University Press on International Perspectives in Philosophy and Psychiatry.

Competing Interests/Conflicts of Interest: None to declare in the past year.