Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Brain Sciences

Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychiatry







Commonwealth BuildingHammersmith Campus






Professor Barnes MD FRCPsych DSc is Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, and a past Head of Department. He is also the joint Head of the Prescribing Observatory for Mental Health (POMH) in the Centre for Quality Improvement at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Professor Barnes trained in psychiatry in London and Cambridge, developing an interest in the psychopharmacology of schizophrenia. His research in schizophrenia and its treatment, which includes the West London first-episode study, the development of the Barnes Akathisia Rating Scale, and clinical trials of both pharmacological and psychological interventions, has generated over 300 publications. Current appointments include membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Psychopharmacology Special Committee and the MHRA Neurology, Pain & Psychiatry Expert Advisory Group. He is a past member of the Committee on Safety of Medicines, past President of the British Association for Psychopharmacology and has been a member of both NICE and BAP schizophrenia treatment guideline development groups. He is a co-editor of the latest edition of The Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines in Psychiatry.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Paton C, Barnes TRE, Cavanagh M-R, et al., 2008, High-dose and combination antipsychotic prescribing in acute adult wards in the UK: the challenges posed by p.r.n. prescribing, British Journal of Psychiatry, Vol:192, ISSN:0007-1250, Pages:435-439

BARNES TRE, 1989, A RATING-SCALE FOR DRUG-INDUCED AKATHISIA, British Journal of Psychiatry, Vol:154, ISSN:0007-1250, Pages:672-676

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