Biography

Faraz is funded by a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Doctoral Fellowship and is a National Health Service (NHS) general practitioner (GP). He previously held consecutive NIHR In-Practice and NIHR School for Primary Care Research (SPCR) GP Career Progression Fellowships.  

Faraz graduated in Medicine from the University of Leicester (MBChB). He completed full-time GP training in Birmingham achieving Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP) and the Diploma of Child Health, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

He has been awarded the RCGP Great Expectations Bursary and RCGP GP Speciality Trainee Awards, and recently won a NIHR SPCR Evidence Synthesis Working Group Training Bursary Award.  

He is a current member of The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) self-harm clinical guideline development committee. He was a working group member for the 2020 International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement Standard Set for Anxiety, Depression, OCD, and PTSD in Children and Young People. He is an expert advisor to the UKRI Emerging Minds network. From 2015-20, he was the RCGP Clinical Support Fellow in Mental Health, Clinical Innovation and Research Centre. He is also an Honorary Clinical Research Fellow, Unit of Academic Primary Care, University of Warwick.

Faraz has a growing international reputation in young people’s mental health and primary care. He has given evidence to the Health and Social Care Committee, and advised the Department of Health and Social Care, and NHS England.  

Research and scholarship

Faraz’s research interests include self-harm, suicide prevention, primary care mental health, clinical trials, and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

He is Chief Investigator of the NIHR funded COPING study - a GP intervention for young people who self-harm. He studied the role of the GP in self-harm management and explored young people’s experiences of self-harm care in primary care.

He is discovering the needs of parents of young people who self-harm. He has experience in systematic reviews, qualitative, and cross-sectional study design and analysis, and is interested in complex intervention development and evaluation. He has received research funding from NIHR, NIHR SPCR, and RCGP Scientific Foundation Board. 

He has over 35 peer-reviewed publications:

He has been invited to present at national and international clinical, academic, and public conferences. He collaborates widely to improve the mental health and wellbeing of patients and the public.  

Teaching

Faraz is a trained facilitator in communications skills and case-based learning. He has been funded by Health Education West Midlands to deliver an academic seminar series for clinical GP trainees. He has lectured at Leicester Medical School, organised RCGP national mental health courses, authored educational RCGP articles, and taught GPs on youth mental health. He regularly supports and mentors interested researchers.  

Further information

Faraz has interviewed for the Guardian, The Times, and BBC on mental health. He is a member of the Society for Academic Primary Care Mental Health Special Interest Group, NICE GP Reference Panel, International Network of Early Career Researchers in Suicide and Self-harm, RCGP Midland Faculty Board, RCGP Adolescent Health Group, and is a RCGP Clinical Advisor. He is co-chair of the Suicide Prevention in Primary Care Special Interest Group, International Association for Suicide Prevention.

Twitter @farazhmughal

Selected Publications

  • Mughal F, Troya MI, Dikomitis L, Tierney S, Corp N, Evans N, Townsend E, Chew-Graham CA. 2022. The experiences and needs of supporting individuals of young people who self-harm: A systematic review and thematic synthesis. eClinicalMedicine, 101437. doi> link>
  • Appleton R, Loew J, Mughal F. Young people who have fallen through the mental health transition gap: a qualitative study on primary care support. British Journal of General Practice, BJGP.2021.0678. link> doi> link>
  • Mughal F, Atherton H, Reeve J, Mallen CD. 2022. Academic primary care: challenges and opportunities. Br J Gen Pract, 104-105, vol. 72(716). link> doi> full text>
  • Mughal F, Dikomitis L, Babatunde OO, Chew-Graham CA. 2022. The potential of general practice to support young people who self-harm: a narrative review. BJGP Open, BJGPO.2021.0159. link> doi> link> full text>
  • Mughal F, Mallen C, McKee M. 2021. The impact of COVID-19 on primary care in Europe. The Lancet Regional Health - Europe, 1-2, vol. 6. doi> link> full text>

Full Publications Listshow

Journal Articles

  • Mughal F, Troya MI, Dikomitis L, Tierney S, Corp N, Evans N, Townsend E, Chew-Graham CA. 2022. The experiences and needs of supporting individuals of young people who self-harm: A systematic review and thematic synthesis. eClinicalMedicine, 101437. doi> link>
  • Musgrove R, Carr MJ, Kapur N, Chew-Graham CA, Mughal F, Ashcroft DM, Webb RT. 2022. Suicide and death by other causes among patients with a severe mental illness: cohort study comparing risks among patients discharged from inpatient care v. those treated in the community. Epidemiol Psychiatr Sci, e32, vol. 31. link> doi>
  • Appleton R, Loew J, Mughal F. Young people who have fallen through the mental health transition gap: a qualitative study on primary care support. British Journal of General Practice, BJGP.2021.0678. link> doi> link>
  • Mughal F, Atherton H, Awan H, Kingstone T, Poppleton A, Silverwood V, Chew-Graham CA. 2022. The impact of remote consultations on brief conversations in general practice. BJGP Open. link> doi> link> full text>
  • Mughal F, Atherton H, Reeve J, Mallen CD. 2022. Academic primary care: challenges and opportunities. Br J Gen Pract, 104-105, vol. 72(716). link> doi> full text>
  • Appleton R, Gauly J, Mughal F, Singh S, Tuomainen H. 2022. Perspectives of young people who access support for mental health in primary care: a systematic review of their experiences and needs. British Journal of General Practice, BJGP.2021.0335. doi> link> full text>
  • Mughal F, Dikomitis L, Babatunde OO, Chew-Graham CA. 2022. The potential of general practice to support young people who self-harm: a narrative review. BJGP Open, BJGPO.2021.0159. link> doi> link> full text>
  • Mughal F, Khunti K, Mallen CD. 2021. The impact of COVID-19 on primary care: Insights from the National Health Service (NHS) and future recommendations. J Family Med Prim Care, 4345, vol. 10(12). link> doi> full text>
  • Awan H, Mughal F, Kingstone T, Chew-Graham CA, Corp N. 2021. Emotional distress, anxiety and depression in South Asians with long-term conditions: a qualitative systematic review. Br J Gen Pract. link> doi> full text>
  • Musgrove R, Carr MJ, Kapur N, Chew-Graham CA, Mughal F, Ashcroft DM, Webb RT. Suicide and other causes of death among working-age and older adults in the year after discharge from in-patient mental healthcare in England: matched cohort study. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 1-8. doi> link> full text>
  • Rashid MA, Smith V, Tackett S, Arfeen Z, Mughal F. 2021. What Will It Mean for Me? Perceptions of the ECFMG 2023 Accreditation Requirement from an Online Forum. J Med Regul, 49-56, vol. 107(2). link> doi> full text>
  • Shelley B, Kessler D, Mughal F, Creswell C. 2021. Why GPs need to be involved in mental health research. British Journal of General Practice, 365, vol. 71(709). link> doi> link> full text>
  • Mughal F, Mallen C, McKee M. 2021. The impact of COVID-19 on primary care in Europe. The Lancet Regional Health - Europe, 1-2, vol. 6. doi> link> full text>
  • Mughal F, Gorton HC, Michail M, Robinson J, Saini P. 2021. Suicide Prevention in Primary Care. Crisis, 241-246, vol. 42(4). link> doi> full text>
  • Mughal F, Quinlivan L, c. 2021. The need for compassionate self-harm services. BMJ, n1478, vol. 373. link> doi> full text>
  • Mughal F. 2021. Young people and COVID-19: emerging mental health concerns. J R Soc Med, 421, vol. 114(9). link> doi> full text>
  • Mughal F. 2021. Suicide prevention training. Br Dent J, 558, vol. 230(9). link> doi> full text>
  • Mughal F, Dikomitis L, Babatunde OO, Chew-Graham CA. 2021. Experiences of general practice care for self-harm: a qualitative study of young people's perspectives. Br J Gen Pract, e744-e752, vol. 71(711). link> doi> full text>
  • Mughal F, Hossain MZ, Brady A, Samuel J, Chew-Graham CA. 2021. Mental health support through primary care during and after covid-19. BMJ, n1064, vol. 373. link> doi> full text>
  • Mughal F, House A, Kapur N, Webb RT, Chew-Graham C. 2021. Suicide prevention and COVID-19: the role of primary care during the pandemic and beyond. British Journal of General Practice, 200-201, vol. 71(706). doi> link> full text>
  • Mughal F. Covid-19 vaccination during Ramadan. BMJ, n862. doi> link> full text>
  • Krause KR, Chung S, Adewuya AO, Albano AM, Babins-Wagner R, Birkinshaw L, Brann P, Creswell C, Delaney K, Falissard B, Forrest CB, Hudson JL, Ishikawa S-I, Khatwani M, Kieling C, Krause J, Malik K, Martínez V, Mughal F, Ollendick TH, Ong SH, Patton GC, Ravens-Sieberer U, Szatmari P, Thomas E, Walters L, Young B, Zhao Y, Wolpert M. 2021. International consensus on a standard set of outcome measures for child and youth anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Lancet Psychiatry, 76-86, vol. 8(1). link> doi> full text>
  • Appleton R, Mughal F, Giacco D, Tuomainen H, Winsper C, Singh SP. 2020. New models of care in general practice for the youth mental health transition boundary. BJGP Open, vol. 4(5). link> doi> full text>
  • Mughal F. 2020. Review: Books: Understanding and Responding to Self-Harm: the One Stop Guide. British Journal of General Practice, 300.1-300, vol. 70(695). doi> link> full text>
  • Hossain MZ and Mughal F. 2020. Dementia and revivalist Islam: New perspectives to understanding dementia and tackling stigma. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, Article jep.13412. doi> link> full text>
  • Mughal F and Majeed A. 2020. Organ donation: the clock is ticking for public awareness. BMJ, m1209. doi> link> full text>
  • Michail M, Mughal F, Robinson J. 2020. Suicide prevention in young people: optimising primary care. British Journal of General Practice, 104-105, vol. 70(692). doi> link> full text>
  • Mughal F, Troya MI, Dikomitis L, Chew-Graham CA, Corp N, Babatunde OO. 2020. Role of the GP in the management of patients with self-harm behaviour: a systematic review. Br J Gen Pract, e364-e373, vol. 70(694). link> doi> full text>
  • Herring AMR, Craven MP, Mughal F, Rawsthorne M, Rees K, Walker L, Wolpert M. 2020. Potential of using visual imagery to revolutionise measurement of emotional health. Archives of Disease in Childhood. doi> link> full text>
  • Troya MI, Chew-Graham CA, Babatunde O, Bartlam B, Mughal F, Dikomitis L. 2019. Role of primary care in supporting older adults who self-harm: a qualitative study in England. Br J Gen Pract, e740-e751, vol. 69(688). link> doi> full text>
  • Goulding JMR and Mughal F. 2019. Self-induced skin conditions: differential diagnosis and management. British Journal of General Practice, 464-465, vol. 69(686). doi> link> full text>
  • Mughal F, Troya MI, Townsend E, Chew-Graham CA. 2019. Supporting young people with self-harm behaviour in primary care. Lancet Psychiatry, 724, vol. 6(9). link> doi> link> full text>
  • Mughal F, Jawad M, Sabir A, Yusuf A. 2019. Sociodemographic correlation associated with health-related incompletion of Ramadan fasts in Great Britain: a cross-sectional study. Journal of the British Islamic Medical Association. link> full text>
  • England E and Mughal F. 2019. Underprovision of mental health services for children and young people. Br J Gen Pract, 112-113, vol. 69(680). link> doi> full text>
  • Mughal F, Babatunde O, Dikomitis L, Shaw J, Townsend E, Troya MI, Chew-Graham CA. 2019. Self-harm in young people: the exceptional potential of the general practice consultation. Br J Gen Pract, 168-169, vol. 69(681). link> doi> full text>
  • Mulla E and Mughal F. 2018. Promoting academic general practice: perspectives from early career clinical academics. Educ Prim Care, 386, vol. 29(6). link> doi>
  • Mughal F, Rashid A, Jawad M. 2018. Tobacco and electronic cigarette products: awareness, cessation attitudes, and behaviours among general practitioners. Primary Health Care Research and Development. doi> link> full text>
  • Mughal F and Kingstone T. 2018. Encouraging smoking cessation in Ramadan in primary care. Addiction. link> doi> full text>
  • Mughal F, Chew-Graham CA, Saad A. 2018. 'Hajj: what it means for general practice'. BJGP Open, bjgpopen18X101493, vol. 2(2). link> doi> full text>
  • Greszczuk C, Mughal F, Mathew R, Rashid A. 2018. Peer influence as a driver of technological innovation in the UK National Health Service: a qualitative study of clinicians’ experiences and attitudes. BMJ Innovations. doi> link> full text>
  • Davie M and Mughal F. 2017. An intercollegiate call for children and young people's mental health. BMJ, j5180, vol. 359. link> doi> full text>
  • Mughal F. 2017. Smoking reduction during Ramadan. Br J Gen Pract, 254, vol. 67(659). link> doi> full text>
  • Mughal Z and Mughal F. 2016. The junior doctor contract in the National Health Service. Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, 225-227, vol. 5(2). link> doi> link> full text>
  • Mughal F and England E. 2016. The mental health of young people: the view from primary care. Br J Gen Pract, 502-503, vol. 66(651). link> doi> full text>
  • Mughal F. 2016. Reaching across the shores to strengthen primary care. Educ Prim Care, 427, vol. 27(5). link> doi> full text>
  • Waqar S, Mughal F, Rashid A, Mant J. 2016. Assessment of cardiovascular risk in primary care. BMJ, i3022, vol. 353. link> doi> link> full text>
  • Mughal F. 2016. Navigating through general practice training: Thoughts and reflections. InnovAiT: Education and inspiration for general practice. doi> full text>
  • Mughal F. 2016. Lessons from Glasgow. InnovAiT: Education and inspiration for general practice, vol. 9. doi> full text>
  • Mughal F. 2016. Lessons from Harrogate. InnovAiT: Education and inspiration for general practice, vol. 10. doi>
  • Mughal F and England E. 2015. Potential of digital technologies and therapies for children and young people. BMJ, h6600, vol. 351. link> doi>
  • Mughal F. 2015. Honouring the patient. Br J Gen Pract, 512, vol. 65(639). link> doi>
  • Mughal F, Rashid A, Mishra RC. 2015. A case of unusual hand pain in general practice. BMJ, h5005, vol. 351. link> doi>
  • Mughal F, Parsloe A, Stores R, Clark J, Ryan A, Lee H, Barton C. 2014. From traditional to modern: easing students transition to problem-based learning. Medical Education Online, 25438, vol. 19. link> doi> link> full text>
  • Mughal F. 2014. Ramadan: what it means for general practice. Br J Gen Pract, 356, vol. 64(624). link> doi>
  • Mughal F and Meki A. 2014. Do we need to be taught how to care?. Clin Teach, 231-232, vol. 11(3). link> doi>
  • Mughal F, Meki A, Kassamali RH. 2014. Shisha: is this addressed within smoking cessation in general practice?. Br J Gen Pract, 173, vol. 64(621). link> doi>
  • Mughal F and Menezes SB. 2013. Severe Depression with Cotard's Phenomenon: Treatment of a Capacitated Patient Within the United Kingdom's Mental Health Act 2007. Mental Illness, e3, vol. 5(1). link> doi> link> full text>
  • Mughal F. 2012. Why should you care about academic general practice?. BMJ Careers. doi> link>
  • Kassamali RH, Mughal F, Faruque R, Kokotsis V, Lee N, Pabla G, Song A, Spears M, Sutcliffe M. 2012. Will next year's rise in UK tuition fees change the demographic of future medical and dental students?. Med Teach, 425-426, vol. 34(5). link> doi>
  • Reeve J, Abholz H, Bailey T, Bates E, Bond C, Chauhan U, Eldridge S, Irving G, Keong D, Mughal F, Nicum S, Singh S, Taylor C, Younie L, Society for Academic Primary Care. 2011. A pause for thought: reflections on the 2011 SAPC Annual Conference. Prim Health Care Res Dev, 393-394, vol. 12(4). link> doi>

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