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Abdullah Kraam - consultant psychiatrist, forensic CAMHS, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS FT

Abdullah is a consultant child psychiatrist from West Yorkshire who fled war-torn Kabul as a teenager and went on to develop one of the UK’s largest services for vulnerable youngsters with mental health problems. He has dedicated years of his life to growing and embedding this highly successful service because he cares genuinely and passionately about the young people he works with.


Abdullah single-handedly set up the Forensic CAMHS service in Wakefield which is commissioned to provide forensic mental health services for children and young people in the criminal justice system. The service works with partners regionally such as YOI Wetherby. Abdullah’s work provides the highest quality of care to some of the most vulnerable young people in the community. This is shown in the fact that the Trust has recently been commissioned to be the lead partner for a new Yorkshire and Humber Forensic CAMHS service.


Abdullah is part of the NICE expert committee in England and much of his work and research has been adopted as best practice nationally. He has shared his expertise with colleagues from around the world by speaking at international conferences. Abdullah also organised a national conference on harmful sexual behaviour which took place in Wakefield. He was recently given a national British Citizen Award for his services to healthcare.


Abdullah’s work has promoted a collaborative and partnership approach across organisational boundaries. Most importantly, he has made a big difference to the young people accessing the service. They are a very vulnerable group who present with highly complex needs and associated risks. These young people often pose a risk to themselves or others because of their issues.

Salma Yasmeen May 2, 2018

A humble leader who has made a huge contribution to shaping and devloping policy, services and care for aome of the most vulnerable and challenged young people. His impact is far reaching and exemplifies the best of humanity and the NHS. Already a shining light in the NHS.

Rob Webster May 4, 2018

An internationally admired leader in his field, Abdullah is humble, diligent, hardworking and making progress in services for some of the most vulnerable people in society