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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 Defense.
Currently, I run my own private and medicolegal practice. I have practising privileges at Spire hospital Portsmouth and Best Practice South in Cowplain, Hampshire. I am also one of the mental health practitioners at the Surrey Healthcare Clinic 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
An excellent first consultation. Dr Coffey gathered all salient information in a quiet and calm manner which really helped. She clearly understood all the issues and her advice was considered and well delivered. Investigations are on-going but we are confident that the right diagnoses and treatment plan will be agreed in a timely manner. We are very pleased to have found Dr Coffey.
On the 20/02/20 I took my wife to see Dr. Goffey, who I found to be a person with high professional standards. Her attitude was one of understanding and caring for my wife situation. Doctor's clinic is exemplary and I will make recommendations to the highest levels.
Dr Coffey was extremely professional and made me feel like I could open up about my symptoms. I am grateful to have found a specialist who understands the impact that ADHD can have on an adult.
I am commenting on my initial assessment. Dr Coffey took a considerable amount of time to take a comprehensive survey of my past history and current state, whilst being sympathetic to my worries. At the end she gave me her diagnosis, explained several treatment options and offered her preference. Throughout the session I felt that I had been listened to and treated with respect.
We found our session was very professional, helpful and, we hope, beneficial.
Very approachable and able to offer clear and easy to understand explanations. Felt at ease!
Dr Coffey, was very professional, I felt comfortable talking to her. I would highly recommend Dr Coffey.
Dr Coffey was very easy to talk to. She listened to what I was saying and I felt she understood how dreadful I was feeling. From the first point of call which is Nicky Dr Coffeys PA who couldn't do enough for you to seeing the doctor went so smoothly.
Dr Coffey is a kind, considerate, and knowledgeable Doctor who has helped me immensely. I was seen quickly and efficiently. In addition, her PA was also fantastic. I would highly recommend Dr Coffey.
I saw Dr Coffey for my first appointment and found her very thorough ,with a kind compassionate approach, which has given me confidence to move forwards in my recovery with her expert advice .
Accompanying my Mother at Dr Coffey's clinic was a pleasant experience. Made to feel at ease at all times. Doctor Coffey answered any questions that I asked regarding my Mother's illness and informed us of future procedures.
Diana, Her approach is always very professional and engages well with my Mum( her patient) good listener and offers solutions to any concerns my Mum or I discuss. Open and transparent.
Dr Coffey is very thorough and understanding when treating my husband and has been very helpful in prescribing a medication that has greatly helped his condition.
My son attended an appointment with Dr Coffey for an assessment and felt very comfortable talking to her, she comes across as a very warm and caring lady. All communications with Nicky, Dr Coffey's PA, have been very pleasant too, they are a great team.
We were very impressed with the care that we received from Dr Coffey right from the first point of contact. She explained everything clearly, and we were made to feel that It was okay to ask any question. Dr Coffey was very generous in providing phone advise even before we committed to using her specialist services. Throughout our contact she was extremely efficient as well as caring, and instilled us with confidence. We would definitely recommend her, whether you are looking for psychiatric care, assessments or medico legal reports.
I have known Dr Coffey since August 2018 when my husband was first diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia. I remember her being extremely sensitive to the news she was giving us. At each appointment I have found her patient, understanding, sensitive and professional. After each appointment I have come away feeling heard as she talks to both myself and my husband. All medications have been discussed and side effects. We have come to agreed future treatments and changes. I feel very blest that Dr Coffey is dealing with my husbands illness
Makes everything easier for you, would recommend.
I have found dr.coffey sympathetic and understanding of our situation and very helpful.