Dr Allan Johnston
Providing mental healthcare and supporting the mental wellbeing of Olympic and Paralympic athletes, professional boxers, dancers and team sport players.
Dr Allan is the Consultant Performance Psychiatrist to The League Managers Association (LMA), helping to guide and shape football’s Mental Health and Wellbeing programme.
He is a Sport Psychiatrist for The English Institute of Sport (EIS) Mental Health Expert Panel which supports the mental health & wellbeing of athletes in the TeamGB Olympic & Paralympic teams.
Allan is also the Sports Psychiatrist at Spire Perform, the Sports Medicine & Physiotherapy Clinic at Spire Leeds Hospital and the Sports Psychiatrist to Premiership Football team Burnley F.C..
In February 2020, Allan welcomed a representative of Prince William and the Royal Foundation to Burnley F.C. to share learning around mental health and football. This contributed to the publication in July 2020 of the Mentally Healthy Football declaration committing to building a mentally healthy culture at all levels of the game.
Recognised by the UK Anti-Doping Authority (UKAD) as having specialist expertise in the assessment and management of ADHD, he sits on the UKAD Specialist Register for ADHD Therapeutic Use Exemption Assessments.
He co-founded The Royal College of Psychiatrists Sports & Exercise Psychiatry Special Interest Group (SEPSIG) to deliver education and governance for UK Sports Psychiatrists.
Dr Allan also works as a Consultant Psychiatrist for the NHS. He has published a number of peer reviewed research papers and written chapters for educational textbooks.
He lives with his family in Yorkshire.
Nov 2019 – present
Burnley Football Club
Consultant Performance Psychiatrist
Role: To develop the club’s mental health strategy and provide mental health care for the 1st team, academy players and coaching staff alike.
Feb 2019 – present
League Managers Association
Consultant Performance Psychiatrist
Dec 2018 – present
English Institute of Sport
Sports Psychiatrist to the Mental Health Expert Panel
Role: To provide mental healthcare and support the mental wellbeing of all athletes within the Team GB Olympic and Paralympic teams in preparation for the Tokyo Olympic Games.
2017 – present
Spire Healthcare Group plc
Role: Working with a multi-disciplinary team at the Sports Medicine & Physiotherapy Clinic at Spire Leeds Hospital in Roundhay to provide support for athletes across a range of sports, dance and performance disciplines following an injury, accident or surgery.
2002 – present
National Health Service
Role: Dr Allan joined the NHS in 2002. He trained at The Royal London Hospital, East London & the City Mental Health Trust, Leeds Mental Health Teaching NHS Trust and Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS trust. In 2010 Allan gained his CCT in Psychiatry with an endorsement in Liaison Psychiatry and took up a post as Consultant Psychiatrist to Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
2016 – 2020
The Royal College of Psychiatrists
Role: In 2016, Allan co-founded the Royal College of Psychiatrists Sports & Exercise Psychiatry Special Interest Group (SEPSIG) to deliver education and governance for UK Sports Psychiatrists. SEPSIG is the Royal Colleges fastest growing Special Interest Group, providing the education, training and governance framework to those looking to enter the field of Sports Psychiatry in the UK. After serving a 4 year term on the executive as Deputy Chair, he remains an active supporter of the Group.
2012 – 2014
The Bradford Bulls
Role: The Bradford Bulls RLFC employed Allan as the world’s first Rugby League Sports Psychiatrist in 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons during which time, Dr Johnston worked as part of the backroom staff of coach Francis Cummins.
2008 – 2011
University of Sheffield
Role: Working in the academic department of Psychiatry at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield Dr Johnston developed a series of Psychopharmacology lectures for postgraduate trainee doctors and helped co-ordinate the academic training programme.
2012 – Present
State Of Mind
Role: Trustee and Sports Psychiatrist
With a strong passion for all sport, Allan works on a voluntary basis as Sports Psychiatrist and Trustee to State of Mind Sport, a charity aiming to improve the mental health and wellbeing of athletes and their communities.
2020 – Present
Sports Chaplaincy UK
Allan is an Ambassador for Sports Chaplaincy UK, a charity providing spiritual and pastoral care to professional and amateur sport.
1997 – 2002
Queen Mary University of London
Educational institution: St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London school of Medicine & Dentistry
Degree: Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery – MBBS Field Of Study Medicine
Yorkshire’s Doctor of the Year 2019
Dr Allan was voted Yorkshire’s Doctor of the Year 2019 at the YEP healthcare awards – the first occasion that this award has been presented to a Psychiatrist.
Everything in Sport 2019
Dr Allan was awarded the Everything in Sport 2019 national award for supporting the mental health of female athletes.
2013 – 2018
Derbyshire Suicide Prevention Strategy Group
In his NHS role, Dr Allan chaired the Derbyshire Suicide Prevention Strategy Group 2013-2018 and led a range of innovations in the region. From 2015, over 3 successive years, suicide rates in Derbyshire almost halved. In 2018 the Group’s work with Public Health on training General Practitioners in Suicide Prevention strategies was nominated for a Health Service Journal (HSJ) award.
Papers and Publications
The first ever case study book in sports psychiatry entitled “Case Studies in Sports Psychiatry”, published July 2020, by Cambridge University Press.
It was a great pleasure to write the Boxing chapter for this book with friends & colleagues.
🥊 Marwan Al-Dawoud 🥊 Cyrus Pattinson 🥊
Thanks to the Editors (and friends!) Dr Amit D Mistry, Alan Currie, Thomas McCabe.
Dr Allan Johnston and pro cyclists, Rachel Atherton, Tom Pidcock and Kye Whyte interviewed for Redbull article, Mind over matter: how professional cyclists get into the ‘success’ zone. First published Sept 23, 2020. (Author Maria David)
Prof Alan Currie, Dr Allan Johnston and colleagues. Contribution to Management of Mental Health Emergencies in Elite Athletes: A Narrative Review. Special edition of British Journal of Sports Medicine. First published May 16, 2019.
Linnington H, Johnston A, Kapur N, Gill P. Chapter 8: Accident and Emergency Psychiatry and Self Harm. Royal College of Psychiatrists textbook Seminars in Liaison Psychiatry. Gaskell Publications (2012).
Abbas M, Walton R, Johnston A, Chikoore M. Evaluation of Teaching an integrated case formulation approach on quality of case formulations: A Randomised Controlled Trial. The Psychiatrist (Psychiatric Bulletin) (2012).
Farrand P, Rowe R M, Johnston A, Murdoch H. Prevalence, age of onset and demographic relationships of different areca nut habits amongst children in Tower Hamlets, London. British Dental Journal (2001).