Dr Tiago Pinto
Clinical Lead – Autism Diagnostic Assessment Services
Clinical Psychologist, H.C.P.C Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Autism Specialist – Assessment and Intervention, ADOS-2 / ADI-R International trainer
Tiago Pinto is a Registered Clinical Psychologist who graduated in Portugal in 2001. From the start of his professional career, he became fascinated with the Autistic spectrum – clarifying diagnosis and appropriate interventions for each person.
After moving to the U.K. Tiago established his practice as an Autism Specialist in a variety of settings such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS); Adult Learning Disability Teams; Outreach and Secure services. Since 2009, as part of a multi-disciplinary team, he has worked daily with autistic children and adults who have a mix of other diagnoses, when Autism is the core factor shadowing the presentation. He has become a specialist in clear diagnosis and tailoring interventions. Currently, he is working in the N.H.S. (provided by Virgin Care & Barnardos) in a specialist team – JADES – Journeys of Autism Diagnosis and Early Intervention in West Essex; where a clinical and holistic approach is used to ascertain children and young people’s diagnosis/presentation.
Tiago frequently presents at National and International conferences about the subtleties of Autism and recent advances. He also publishes in scientific and mainstream journals about the subject with a view to reach a wider audience and bring about understanding of the Autism Spectrum.
Since 2015, he is internationally recognised as ADOS-2 and ADI-R (autism ‘gold standard’ diagnostic tools) trainer and has been running professional training courses on these instruments ever since. Tiago has delivered both trainings to groups of professionals such as clinical directors; psychiatrists; clinical psychologists; speech and language therapists; heads of services; etc. He has delivered the training to organisations such as St. Andrew’s Healthcare in the U.K.; Brookdale care in the U.K.; Pearsons clinical in the U.K.; King Abdullah University and Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia; UNICEF in Montenegro; to name a few. The feedback following these courses has always been outstanding.
Tiago was recognised for his knowledge & understanding of Autism by being the recipient of the 2017 U.K. National Learning Disabilities and Autism - Great Autism Practice Award and was also recognised the same year by the National Autistic Society for Professional Awards in the category of Outstanding Professional 2017.
Dr Jemma Boyd
Clinical Lead - Psychological Therapy Services
DClinPsychol, Msc. Bsc
Jemma qualified as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist from the University of Southampton in 1999 and in 2007 with distinction as a Systemic Family Therapist, Tavistock and Portman Trust, University of East London. She has 20 years’ experience in NHS Community Mental Health Teams treating adults with complex mental health difficulties the majority of whom have experienced trauma, and may present with personality difficulties, risk and/or safeguarding concerns.
In addition, to her direct clinical work with individuals, couples, families, groups and teams, Jemma has many years’ experience of managing and supervising clinical staff in which she has been committed and responsible in highlighting and upholding professional standards to ensure safe and ethical clinical practice. She has a decade of supervisory experience in the Palliative Care arena, currently holds a Systemic Consultation role with Older Adults multidisciplinary teams, and leads a Reflective Practice group for a Senior Safeguarding Team.
Jemma has completed the British Psychological Society (BPS) Approved Training for Supervisors, Quality Improvement Leaders Programme, East London Foundation Trust and Edward Jenner Leadership Training, Part 1, NHS Leadership Academy. Jemma has a number of published research papers and she has taught on a variety of topics to a wide range of audiences.
Jemma has remained abreast of developments in her professional field by undertaking training in the emerging evidence-based and NICE recommended psychological treatment models relevant to the treatment of trauma and complex trauma. These include Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy skills (DBT skills) and, currently, Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT).