Stuart Turner is a consultant psychiatrist, currently Director of the TraumaClinic, working in private practice in London. He has very wide experience as a pioneer in the field of psychotraumatology in the UK. In the 1980s, he was a Trustee of the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture. One evening in 1987, whilst seeing patients in the Medical Foundation, he was made aware of the sirens on the Euston Road, and he learned of the fire at Kings Cross Station. He played a lead role in establishing the NHS response to this disaster and to other similar incidents in the UK.
In 1991, as a direct result of his research into the emotional condition of the British "human shield" civilians returned from Kuwait and Iraq, the Department of Health established two national centres for treating trauma survivors, one of which he co-directed with James Thompson at the Middlesex Hospital. He is one of the four clinicians who established the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) and he became its second President in 1995. The following year, he established the UK Trauma Group, a managed clinical network of practitioners and researchers in the UK; he chaired this for 8 years. The same year he was appointed as Vice-Dean in the Royal Free and University College Medical School.
He is an established researcher in the field of PTSD and is committed to the application of best available scientific evidence in the treatment of people with traumatic stress reactions of all types. He was a member of the Guideline Development Group for the PTSD guidelines published in 2005 by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE). He has particular experience in working with people with particularly complex problems. He is Treasurer of the International Society for Traumatic Studies (ISTSS).
He is also committed to a human rights approach in all his work. For example, he is Trustee of Redress, an organisition working for reparation for survivors of torture. Redress was one of the NGOs involved in the Pinochet extradition trial representing the victims of torture in Chile. It played an important role in defining terms for the International Criminal Court (ICC). He is also Chair of Trustees of the Refugee Therapy Centre, a London-based service specialising in offering same language counselling for young refugees and asylum seekers.