Dr. Akmal Makhdum was born in the ancient city of Multan and originally from the historic city of Lahore in Pakistan. He was raised by his family of academics; his mother was a multilingual scholar of literature, languages and religion. His father was Dr. Muhammad Ajmal, who is credited as the founder of psychology in Pakistan, as he established the first psychology department in Government College Lahore and the first psychological counseling center in the country in 1962. Due to his esteemed family and academic excellence, Dr. Makhdum was offered many unique opportunities that allowed him to succeed in many areas of life.
In 1982, Dr. Akmal Makhdum graduated from King Edward Medical School in Lahore, Pakistan. He then came to the U.K. and joined the psychiatry training program at the University of Cambridge; he had already achieved specializing in addictions treatment before coming to Britain. Dr. Makhdum obtained his diploma in Psychological Medicine in Ireland and earned his degree for Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, London. In 1996, he was appointed as a consultant in Ipswich.
Dr. Makhdum founded the British Pakistani Psychiatrists Association in 2000 and was the first chair. He was also chair of the All Ethnic Psychiatrists forum “AGP – A Great Partnership” in the U.K. and was founding chair of the All British Pakistani Doctors association. He is Chairman of DDPU – Doctors and Dentists Protection Union.
Following his education, Dr. Akmal Makhdum dedicated his time to combat heroin addiction in Islamabad, opening the first detox and rehabilitation center in the city. After establishing the Islamabad Mental Health Society, and running mental health workshops, seminars and conferences, he conducted mass awareness programs about mental health and addictions in Islamabad. His father encouraged him to go to USA or UK for higher education in Psychiatry, something he always wanted to do. He was invited and later, sponsored by the late Dr. Phillip Rack, the founder of Transcultural Psychiatry in Britain, to come and train in the UK. Under the guidance and patronage of Dr. Philip Rack, Dr. Makhdum came to Britain and did his postgraduate training. He then returned to Pakistan to train new psychiatrists and establish new services. He established the psychiatry department at the CDA – Capital Hospital Islamabad, with the first inpatient and proper outpatient services. Following his father’s death, and after numerous offers of top positions in psychiatry, Dr. Makhdum and his family returned to the U.K. He was chief psychiatrist for numerous services in the East of England.
Currently, Dr. Makhdum is a care systems developer and services development consultant. As a private consultant, he works to develop community based services for people in need, individuals who cannot be managed in the community, for their mental illnesses, autism and other personality based challenges. Additionally, he assists in guiding new services and private initiatives in provision of excellent psychological and social care in the community.
Dr. Makhdum is a published author. He has two Urdu poetry books published, collection of his poems and sonnets. Two of his poems have been made into songs in Urdu. He is co-author of “Churchill’s Pocketbook of Psychiatry”, a book for trainee psychiatrists, community nurses, psychologists and multidisciplinary mental health team members, including social workers. This book is widely available and used by professionals in Britain, Australia and New Zealand.
Dr. Makhdum translated a seminal essay by the famous jurist, author, columnist, broadcaster and scholar, Ijaz Hussain Batalvi, “The Impact of Marital Law on Pakistani Society” and a brief history of the great Moghul Prince, Shah Fateh Ullah Shirazi, by historian and scholar, Professor Khawaja Muhammad Aslam, “A Great Man – Shah Fateh Ullah Shirazi” from Urdu to English. He wrote three other books “Alexander The (Not So) Great,” “Malignant Unhappiness,” and “Machiavelli – A misunderstood Philosopher.” He also made two android and IoS Apps: Depression self-checker and Bipolar self Checker, for public benefit. All his books are available on Amazon, Kindle and Barnes and Noble. Churchills pocketbook of Psychiatry was published by Harcourt Brace.