Cambridge Independent Neuroscience and Psychiatry Services

CINAPS:  Cambridge Independent Neuroscience and Psychiatry Services

CINAPS was founded by Dr JN Rundle MBChB MRCPsych and Dr CR Venter MBChB MRCPsych, medical doctors and Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, in Cambridge, England, in February 2009.  Dr Venter and Dr Rundle have been based in Cambridge since 2005. 

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Services for Children and Young People

Private, Pro Bono, NHS and Virtual Consultations  

Psychiatry is a specialist field within Medicine.  Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is a specialist field within Psychiatry.
Child Psychiatrists (Psychiatrists with CCTs in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) train for at least 12 years; the last 3 years focusing only on mental health problems in children.  

Our assessments include assessing for possible medical causes for presentations (not uncommon), assessing for neurodevelopmental problems and serious mental illness.   We consider bio-psycho-social factors when formulating our impression and recommendations.  

Intervention may include biological approaches, such as psychotropic medication, where clinically indicated, as well as social recommendations and therapeutic intervention, which may include behavioural and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), cognitive analytical therapy (CAT), psychodynamic therapy, creative therapies, interpersonal therapy (relationships), group and systemic family therapy. 

Referrals commonly relate to:  

Autism and Asperger's Syndrome 
Tic disorders such as Tourette's Syndrome
Depression and Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression)
Anxiety Disorders such as OCD, PTSD and Phobias 
Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
Eating disorders (Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa)
Obesity in children 
Learning difficulties and disabilities
Attachment difficulties and disorders
Problems relating to relationships and trust
Behavioural problems, aggression and violence
Risk taking, criminal or offending behaviour
Self-harm or thoughts of harming self, others or animals
Chronic anger, anxiety, sadness or low self-esteem
Non-specific neurodevelopmental problems
Non-specific mental health or emotional problems

We work in collaboration with local NHS (National Health Service) departments, such as Paediatrics and CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services), as well as GPs,   Education, Social Care and YOT (Youth Offending Teams).   

Virtual / Tele-Psychiatry consultations (consultations via the internet or telephone) are available where appropriate. 
Second Opinion Consultations
We offer second opinion consultations to organisations, agencies, professionals and families in the UK.

Complex or Treatment Resistant Consultations
We offer consultation on complex or treatment resistant cases to organisations, agencies, professionals and families.  We often make use of therapeutic approaches to reach treatment goals in complex or treatment resistant cases. 

Medico-Legal Work
Court Reports, Mental Health Act Assessments and Human Rights Medico-Legal work can be requested.  

Reliable Mental Health Information for Families
Please see Mental Health Info for more information.  We also offer presentations and lectures to the public, please see Training Courses for more information.

Professional Resources, Training & Development
Please see Professional Resources and Training Courses for more information.  For more information on our Continuing Professional Development group, please see About Us.  

NHS Service Provision & Service Development
We have longstanding service contracts with mental health organisations, such as NHS Trusts, private and charitable service providers.  Please see Our Services for details.  

Service Development in Developing Countries
We aim to be available to assist with specialist children's mental health service development in developing countries. We can offer direct or virtual (internet or telephone) services and consultation.  Please see Our Services for details. 

International Service Development and Provision
We aim to be available to offer services outside of the UK, where there is a particular need within specialist children's mental health services or for specialist children's mental health services.  Please see Our Services for details. 

International Outreach Services
Mental Health Bus International Projects 
We offer specialist outreach mental health services to hard to reach children in high risk and high need areas in developing countries and underprivileged communities in the UK and other developed countries.  This is a pro bono service.  

Please see for further details, to offer your support or to join us on location.

Charitable Work 
We offer services to charitable organisations, through ongoing contractual agreements, often at a reduced rate, sometimes pro bono, as well as ad hoc, pro bono assessments and consultation to children and families. Supervision, teaching, training and presentations to promote awareness of mental health problems (and solutions) in children and to eradicate stigma can also be made available. We recommend that all doctors and mental health professionals affiliated with CINAPS engage in annual charitable work. Please see voluntary work for further details.

Shrinkwrapped Publications
Mental health related publications include true stories of children overcoming enormous adversity and reaching their personal goals, true stories relating to previous projects in the UK and abroad, thoughts on developing services in high risk and high need areas for hard to reach children, and children's mental health topics, mostly related to complex presentations and simple solutions. Presentations on the above are also available. Please Contact Us for details. 

Consultant Psychiatry Services for Adults

We receive adult referrals for assessment and treatment.
Treatment indicated usually relates to therapeutic intervention; family, couple, group or individual therapy.

CINAPS has doctors with special professional interests in therapeutic intervention; with training and experience in behavioural therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), cognitive analytical therapy (CAT), psychodynamic therapy, creative therapies, interpersonal therapy (relationships), group therapy and systemic family therapy. This combination of therapeutic skills allows a flexible and effective therapeutic approach according to clinical need and patient preference. Most patients reach their therapeutic goals and reflect on therapy by saying "felt like chatting to a friend". Therapy
can be scheduled for 6-8 weeks (CBT for instance) or longer (psychodynamic therapy) depending on clinical presentation, recommendations and patient preference. 

Adult referrals include self-referrals from professionals who we have worked with or professionals who have previously referred children to our services. As per regular guidelines, patients are not seen by doctors if close professional or personal relationships exist. 

Referrals commonly relate to:

Anxiety disorders such as OCD 
Anxiety disorders such as PTSD secondary to high risk work
General anxiety or low mood; non specific symptoms
Anxiety secondary to high risk or high stress work
Depression secondary to high risk or high stress work
Conflict within place of work or within relationships at work
Conflict within a relationship or relationships at home
Anger, aggression and violence at work
Challenges relating to parenting
Challenges relating to supporting children with high need
Challenges relating to teaching children with high need/risk

We usually provide reduced rate consultations to doctors and individuals working in Health, Mental Health, Social Care, Education, Human Rights and the Criminal Justice System

We sometimes offer support groups or training sessions to individuals working in high risk or high stress contexts. Please Contact Us for further information. 


We receive referrals and self-referrals of adults and children. We review all referrals to ascertain whether we are the appropriate service to meet identified needs.  We assist with NHS referrals.  

CINAPS Ltd is a Designated Body under The Medical Profession (Responsible Officers) Regulations.  

For more information relating to our services, company, policies or to book an appointment, please Contact Us

Please note that CINAPS Ltd does not provide any emergency services to new patients or patients open to CINAPS Ltd. CINAPS Ltd aims to work closely with GPs and GPs should have information available on file regarding our assessment and recommendations, if we have seen a child, young person or adult.

If you require any urgent or emergency help or advice or if you have any urgent concerns relating to physical health, mental health and/or associated risk, or medication, please contact your local NHS Mental Health Service, Emergency Services or GP immediately.

Synapse (syn·apse): The junction across which a nerve impulse passes from an axon terminal to a neurone or muscle cell [Greek sunapsis, point of contact, from sunaptein, to join together:  sun-, syn- +haptein, to fasten]  

CINAPS focuses on connection; connecting with you to assist with activating your neurons to form new connections or strengthen old connections, and so help you to achieve your unique personal goals as well as the goals most adults have for young people, which include independence, well-being and the highest level of functioning. Through our brief connection with you, we aim to enable you to connect with your goals, your loved ones and your community. 



10 Harley Street
Tel:  +44 (0)20 8123 4017

2 All Saints Passage
Tel:  +44 (0)1223 969 090

Consultations can be arranged anywhere in the UK on request. 

Correspondence Address: 
PO Box 956

Saturday and Sunday consultations

Consultation hours 8am-7pm

Virtual consultations

Registered Providers for:
Standard Life

We take a bio-psycho-social approach in consultations for children and adults, which means we consider general health.

Please know that we often work with interpreters during psychiatric and medical assessments.  Language is no barrier in psychiatry. 

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Children have incredible courage, strength and resilience to move forward in the worst of circumstances.  It is our duty however, as professionals, to assist them in their journey by offering flexible, accessible, creative services to support children, young adults, families and carers, and to work collaboratively with other agencies and professionals in medical and non-medical fields to meet the needs of children and families, promoting awareness of mental health problems and developing services through education and co-working.  This is our goal.

CINAPS Ltd Company Registration Number: 6937186
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