I am an experienced and compassionate Adult consultant psychiatrist with over twenty years of psychiatric practice. I worked as a consultant psychiatrist in the NHS, the independent sector and the Ministry of Defence.
Currently, I run my own private and medicolegal practice. I have practising privileges at Priory Hospital Woking and Spire hospital Portsmouth, Hampshire. I also have consulting office at Brighter Spaces in Guildford, Surrey.
Prior to my psychiatric training, I worked in general medicine and surgery. This invaluable experience formed my overall clinical management of patients, with emphasis not only on mental health symptoms but also physical health issues. I remain interested in new developments and aim to keep up to date with medical progress. This ensures that my patients benefit from a holistic assessment and treatment to maximise their recovery chances.
I completed my initial psychiatric training at a highly regarded Guy’s and St Thomas’ training scheme in London, then went on to complete my specialist training in forensic psychiatry at equally prestigious and competitive North Thames training scheme in London and Essex. I successfully completed my training and was awarded the Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2005, and the Certificate of Completion of Training in 2008.
I have additional training in psychotherapy - in 2010 I successfully completed the intensive training course in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy that was organised by prominent American psychologist Marsha Linehan. Since then, I have applied these psychotherapeutic skills in my practice.
I am on the General Medical Council specialist register in Forensic psychiatry. I am approved under section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act as having special experience in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders.
During my NHS and independent career, I was always involved in teaching and supervision of other doctors and mental health professionals. I was actively involved in the management and clinical governance process. I held a position of a Clinical Director at one of the independent hospitals.
For the past five years, I have been an accredited medical appraiser and provided medical appraisals for the members of the Independent Doctors Federation. As an appraiser, I am involved in regular Quality improvement audits and attend regular training events for medical appraisers.
When making decisions about treatment, I apply the best current evidence- based information and guidelines to help my patients. This includes NICE guidelines, advice from the BNF (British National Formulary), the Royal College of Psychiatrists and other relevant sources.
Holistic assessment and management of complex mental health problems in adult patients
Psychotherapeutic approach in combination with biopsychosocial model
Bipolar affective disorder
Mental health problems due to physical health issues
Memory problems, dementia (Alzheimer’s type, Vascular, Mixed, Lewy body, Parkinson’s disease etc), mild cognitive impairment and other related conditions.
Obsessive compulsive disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Women specific mental health problems
I assess and treat adult patients over the age of 18 with complex mental health disorders.
I also offer a Genetic test for optimising treatment choices in psychiatric disorders. This could only be offered after a
comprehensive initial assessment.
Full registration with a licence to practise by the General Medical Council (GMC)
Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrist (MRCPsych)
Specialist Register in Forensic Psychiatry with the GMC (General Medical Council)
Certificate of Completion of Training in Forensic Psychiatry (CCT)
Approved Clinician and section 12(2) approved under the Mental Health Act
Cardiff University Law School Bond Solon Expert Witness Certificate and CPR35 Certificate
Member of the Independent Doctors Federation
Member of the General Adult Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry Faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists
Member of a Special interest group at the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Private Practice & Independent Practice and Women & Mental Health