Biography

Dr Faraz Mughal MBChB, DCH, MPhil, FRCGP holds a prestigious National Institute for Health and Care Research Doctoral Fellowship. He has to date been awarded three consecutive NIHR Fellowships; he previously held NIHR In-Practice and NIHR School for Primary Care Research Career Progression Fellowships. He is a practising NHS General Practitioner and is an elected Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners.    

He has won several national prizes including the RCGP Great Expectations Bursary, RCGP GP Speciality Trainee, SAPC North Early Career Prize, RCGP Annual Conference Poster Award in Adolescent Health, and a NIHR SPCR Evidence Synthesis Working Group Training Bursary Award.  

He is a current member of the NICE self-harm clinical guideline committee. He was a working group member for the ICHOM 2020 Standard Set for Anxiety, Depression, OCD, and PTSD in Children and Young People. He is an expert advisor to the UKRI Emerging Minds network and is a member of the WONCA Working Party for Mental Health and European General Practice Research Network. He co-chairs the IASP suicide prevention in primary care special interest group. He chairs the DMEC for the NIHR ASsuRED programme.   

He co-leads the NIHR School for Public Health Research PHRESH consortium public mental health theme and is an affiliate of the NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC. He is an NIHR Academy and NIHR Incubator for Mental Health Research Case Study. He is an appointed NIHR Academy Forum member. He has a growing international reputation for suicide prevention and young people’s mental health in primary care. He is an expert advisor to the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England.  

Research and scholarship

Faraz’s main research interests are in the prevention and management of self-harm, suicide, young people’s mental health, and common mental health problems in primary care. He is Chief Investigator of the NIHR funded COPING study: a complex GP-led intervention for young people with past self-harm. His research has been funded from NIHR, NIHR SPCR, and the RCGP Scientific Foundation Board. 

He has over 60 peer-reviewed publications:

He has presented his work 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, vol. 48. link> doi> full text>
  • 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> 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>
  • 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, 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>

Full Publications Listshow

Journal Articles

  • Webb RT, John A, Knipe D, Bojanić L, Dekel D, Eyles E, Marchant A, Mughal F, Pirkis J, Schmidt L, Gunnell D. 2022. Has the COVID-19 pandemic influenced suicide rates differentially according to socioeconomic indices and ethnicity? More evidence is needed globally. Epidemiol Psychiatr Sci, e72, vol. 31. link> doi> full text>
  • Michail M, Cairns A, Preece E, Mughal F. 2022. Supporting general practitioners in the assessment and management of suicide risk in young people: an evaluation of an educational resource in primary care. Prim Health Care Res Dev, e50, vol. 23. link> doi> full text>
  • Haris AM, Pitman A, Mughal F, Bakanaite E, Morant N, Rowe SL. 2022. Harm minimisation for self-harm: a cross-sectional survey of British clinicians' perspectives and practices. BMJ Open, e056199, vol. 12(6). link> doi> full text>
  • 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, vol. 48. link> doi> full text>
  • 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> full text>
  • 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> full text>
  • Wright T, Mughal F, Babatunde OO, Dikomitis L, Mallen CD, Helliwell T. 2022. Burnout among primary health-care professionals in low- and middle-income countries: systematic review and meta-analysis. Bull World Health Organ, 385-401A, vol. 100(6). link> doi> full text>
  • 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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