Dr Powell qualified as a doctor at Westminster Medical School in 1984. Postgraduate training at Royal Free and Maudsley Hospitals. 1989 Awarded Membership of Royal College of Psychiatrists. 1992 Awarded MSc in Health Planning and Finance from London School of Economics 1994-2015 consultant psychiatrist at Central and North West London Mental Health Trust based in Brent, Kensington and Westminster.
Research interests have included chronic fatigue syndrome, the difficulties in designing services for London, and the problem of defining the severity of mental illness. He has worked In private practice in central London since 1997.
In all areas of his work, Dr Powell tries to work in close conjunction with clinicians of other disciplines including GP’s, nurses, psychologists, and occupational therapists, as well as with the patient and, where appropriate, their families, carers or representatives. Collaboration with and support from families is important, especially in the care of people with dementia. Additionally, Dr Powell organises and runs a carers’ support group for this client group.
Where patients are physically or mentally too frail to travel, Dr Powell tries to offer an assessment at home.
In life outside of psychiatry, Dr Powell runs a music festival in which school students play for elderly people, and is a director of a group of care homes.