Roger Banks


Roger Banks is a Consultant in the Psychiatry of Learning Disability. He has 27 years of experience in the field and has worked in Sheffield, Liverpool and North Wales (until March 2014) where he is also Honorary Senior Lecturer at Bangor University.

Roger is a previous Vice-President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, Fellow of the Institute of Psychotherapy and Disability and immediate past Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Health Inequalities Forum. In 2007 he was responsible for co-authoring a joint report between the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the British Psychological Society and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists entitled “Challenging Behaviour – A Unified Approach” and he is one of the founding members of the National Strategy Group for Challenging Behaviour (hosted by the Challenging Behaviour Foundation). In 2009-10 he was jointly responsible for drafting “Better Health – Better Lives” the World Health Organisation’s Declaration and Action Plan for the Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People with Intellectual Disabilities and their Families, and he represented the UK Government at its signing and launch in Bucharest in November 2010. He has been involved with a number of European Projects concerning the training and support of carers of people with Intellectual Disabilities. Roger is President of the European Association of Intellectual Disability Medicine (MAMH) and a member of the boards of the European Association for Mental Health in Intellectual Disability and of ARFIE (L'Association de Recherche et de Formation sur l'Insertion en Europe).

Together with Sophie Hinksman, Roger Co-Chairs the Learning Disability Advisory Group for the Welsh Government.

Roger is an author of two Books Beyond Words and is a member of the Board of Directors.