Dr Francesca Ducci

Dr Francesca Ducci

MD PhD

Psychiatry

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13 years of experience
13 years as a specialist
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“Apologies for my delay - I have been meaning to add a review for Dr Ducci for some time. Let me start off by saying I would have no hesitation in recommending Dr Ducci to anyone experiencing difficulties in respect to their mental health. She has vast knowledge in this area and put me at ease straight away. Quite literally Dr Ducci helped to save my life. I have no words that can fully express my sincere thanks or show my deep gratitude. Summary - Despite my best efforts I was dismissed from a job of 30+years because I continued to demonstrate negative behaviours / symptoms caused by my ongoing battle with Anxiety & Depression. At no stage did my employers ever consider me for ill health retirement before they dismissed me because mental health illness was ‘invisible’ and in my case it was over-looked. Fortunately, they allowed me the opportunity to apply retrospectively. I contacted Dr Ducci via Doctify (because I was at my wits end and didn’t know where to go) and I asked if she could assess me and provide my employers an independent report in support of a retrospective ill health retirement application. At this time, I was feeling very hopeless and in a particularly dark place. As a husband and father to young children I felt totally useless 1) I could not take care of them & 2) that I could not beat my A&D. Suicide idealisation was all the time. Before meeting Dr Ducci for the first time, I was concerned from her profile that she sounded very Italian and might not be able to fully communication or understand me. How wrong was I was! Dr Ducci’s English is way better than mine! Both her written and oral English are both very strong, and she cannot be faulted. Dr Ducci took the time to properly assess me. She took note of my entire history (asking for medical evidence when necessary) which took some time, and she recorded my behaviours/symptoms eventually diagnosing me with a form of persistent depressive disorder. Dr Ducci then produced a detailed report that was taken as new medical evidence and accepted by my pension schemes medical advisor in support of my application for ill health retirement. Although I continue to struggle daily with my mental health and depression never fully leaves me. I am no longer worried about some of the same issues that used to drag my mind to a dark place. Without her involvement and understanding of my mental health I would probably not be here today. Dr Ducci has helped me enormously. Thank you. “
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Languages spoken

  • English
  • Italian
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Registered with

  • General Medical Council: 6169012
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    Consultation fees

    New appointment: £300

    Follow-up appointment: £150

    Practices worked at

    Cognacity

    54 Harley Street, London, United Kingdom, W1G 9PZ
    145 reviews

    Specialist's working hours

    Mon
    18:00 - 20:00
    Tue
    Not available
    Wed
    17:00 - 20:00
    Thu
    Not available
    Fri
    12:00 - 20:00
    Sat
    Not available
    Sun
    Not available

    About

    Cognacity: Initial Assessment [one hour] £360; Follow-Up [30 min] £220

    Cardiac Screen: Initial Assessment [one hour] £300; Follow-Up: £180 [50 min ] £150 [30 min]

    I am a general adult psychiatrist working in both the NHS and private sector in London. Over the years, I developed a broad range of clinical and research expertise working in Italy, UK and USA.

    I completed my medical education in Italy and my postgraduate qualification in General Adult Psychiatry in London.

    I have e deep interest in research and I worked for four years at the National Institute of Health, (NIH) Bethesda, USA.

    Clinical Experience:

    I have experience in the assessment and management of different types of Psychiatric disorders including Anxiety

    (e.g. panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), ADHD, Mood Disorders (e.g. Depression and Bipolar Illness), Psychosis (e.g. Schizophrenia), and Personality Disorders.

    I worked in multiple psychiatric services within NHS including the Early Intervention Unit for Psychosis (South London and Maudsley NHS trust and South West London & St George’s Mental Health Trust), Home Treatment Team, Community Mental Health Team, and the Neuropsychiatric Department at St George’s Hospital (South West London & St George’s Mental Health Trust).

    Since 2013, I have been appointed as substantive Consultant Psychiatrist at South West London & St George’s Mental Health Trust.

    I am committed to Continuing Professional Development and am appraised every year by the Royal College of Psychiatrists (Certificate of good standing) and the GMC.

    What to expect:

    During the initial consultation, I discuss with you the issues you are concerned about, your expectations from the

    treatment and ask about your past psychiatric history, medical history and personal background.

    It usually takes one or two sessions (depending on the complexity) to be able to discuss all the issues as well as your

    therapeutic goals.

    I work in close collaboration with you to establish a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs. At the end of the initial consultation, I will consider the feasibility of a diagnosis if any and advise/prescribe medications if needed.

    After the first assessment, I advise on whether one or more follow-up appointments might be appropriate and on potential psychological interventions that could be effective for you.

    I do face to face consultations in Central (Harley Street) and South (Elephant &Castle) London as well as skype sessions.

    I do also psychiatric reports, including medico-legal reports.

    Research Activity:

    I believe research is fundamental in improving our ability to understand and treat mental health problems.

    I am very interested in understanding how genetic and environmental factors can jointly predispose to psychiatric disorders.

    I started my research activity in 2004 working as postdoctoral visiting fellow at the National Institute of Health, (NIH) Bethesda, USA. At NIH, I focused my research interest on addiction and personality disorders. As a result of my work, I obtained a PhD in neurobiology of affective disorder in 2008 and published multiple articles for international scientific journals.

    In London, I continued my research activity working as Clinical Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry Kings

    College London.

    NHS POST: Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry at South West London & St George’s Mental Health

    http://www.psychnet.org.uk/dr-francesca-ducci/


    Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments

     

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    • Anxiety
    • ADHD [2 hour assessment]
    • Adjustment Disorder
    • Bipolar Disorder
    • Body Dysmorphic disorder (BDD)
    • Borderline Personality Disorder or Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD)
    • Conversion Disorder
    • Depersonalization
    • Derealization
    • Depression
    • Eating Disorders
    • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
    • Neuropsychiatry
    • Non-epileptic seizures
    • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
    • Panic Disorder
    • Personality Disorders
    • Phobias
    • Post Natal Depression (PND)
    • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Trauma
    • Psychosis
    • Recurrent Depression
    • Sleep Disorders
    • Social Anxiety
    • Stress Management

     

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    Procedures

    • Addiction
    • Video Consultation
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    Special interests

    • Anxiety Disorder
    • Bipolar Disorder
    • Depression
    • Adjustment Disorder
    • Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
    • Conversion Disorder
    • Depersonalisation
    • Derealisation
    • Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD)
    • Neuropsychiatry
    • Non-Epileptic Seizures
    • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
    • Panic Disorder
    • Paranoia
    • Personality Disorders
    • Phobias
    • Post Natal Depression (PND)
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Psychosis
    • Puerperal Disorder
    • Schizophrenia
    • Sleep Disorders
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    Education

    • Medical Degree: University of Pisa, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Pisa, Italy 2001
    • Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in General Adulthood Psychiatry University Of Pisa, Italy 2004
    • PhD in neurobiological mechanisms underlying mood disorders and alcoholism, University Of Pisa, Italy 2008
    • Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in General Adulthood Psychiatry London Deanery 2013
    • Member of the Royal college of Psychiatrist
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    Reviews

    5 Overall Patient Trust rating
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    Anxiety Disorder
    1/31
    Bipolar Disorder
    1/31
    Depression
    1/31
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    (5/5)
    Apologies for my delay - I have been meaning to add a review for Dr Ducci for some time. Let me start off by saying I would have no hesitation in recommending Dr Ducci to anyone experiencing difficulties in respect to their mental health. She has vast knowledge in this area and put me at ease straight away. Quite literally Dr Ducci helped to save my life. I have no words that can fully express my sincere thanks or show my deep gratitude. Summary - Despite my best efforts I was dismissed from a job of 30+years because I continued to demonstrate negative behaviours / symptoms caused by my ongoing battle with Anxiety & Depression. At no stage did my employers ever consider me for ill health retirement before they dismissed me because mental health illness was ‘invisible’ and in my case it was over-looked. Fortunately, they allowed me the opportunity to apply retrospectively. I contacted Dr Ducci via Doctify (because I was at my wits end and didn’t know where to go) and I asked if she could assess me and provide my employers an independent report in support of a retrospective ill health retirement application. At this time, I was feeling very hopeless and in a particularly dark place. As a husband and father to young children I felt totally useless 1) I could not take care of them & 2) that I could not beat my A&D. Suicide idealisation was all the time. Before meeting Dr Ducci for the first time, I was concerned from her profile that she sounded very Italian and might not be able to fully communication or understand me. How wrong was I was! Dr Ducci’s English is way better than mine! Both her written and oral English are both very strong, and she cannot be faulted. Dr Ducci took the time to properly assess me. She took note of my entire history (asking for medical evidence when necessary) which took some time, and she recorded my behaviours/symptoms eventually diagnosing me with a form of persistent depressive disorder. Dr Ducci then produced a detailed report that was taken as new medical evidence and accepted by my pension schemes medical advisor in support of my application for ill health retirement. Although I continue to struggle daily with my mental health and depression never fully leaves me. I am no longer worried about some of the same issues that used to drag my mind to a dark place. Without her involvement and understanding of my mental health I would probably not be here today. Dr Ducci has helped me enormously. Thank you.
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    (5/5)
    Dr Ducci has been very supportive and I’ve had a good experience through a diagnosis that has been difficult at times to come to terms with.
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    Enjoyed the sessions and very pleased with the outcome. Treatments made a positive impact.
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    Patient seen for:
    I have been seeing Dr Ducci for over one year now and I am very happy with her. She is a professional, experienced practitioner and she has been able to look after me through my highs and lows. Dr Ducci helped me consider pros and cons of the medications I am taking and suggested alternative treatments which will reduce risks of side effects of the current medications: ultimately benefiting my overall health. I highly recommend her.
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    Dr. Ducci is an excellent psychiatrist. Her diagnosis has been very helpful to me and I value her time and work.
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    (5/5)
    I have been Dr Ducci's patient for almost a year and have been seeing her regularly at least once or twice a month. She has been the most helpful, understanding and supportive of my situation.
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    The most amazing Dr I have ever met. She brought sunshine in my life. She really helped me. I can’t thank her enough. I have been feeling so much better since I met her. I feel energetic and relaxed and calmer. All thanks to my dear Dr ducci
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    Dr Ducci was really helpful and made me feel really comfortable. She went in depth of my situation form the very first appointment and it was a really good experience as I felt I was truly supported by someone.
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    Dr Ducci helped me greatly with my mental health issues. She identified immediately my problems, she also reassured me and clarified things that I did not know. She was a main reference point for me in a difficult period.
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    Dr Ducci is an excellent psychiatrist who listens to her patients, is compassionate and flexible. Her diagnosis was spot on for me, she listened to my concerns about treatment and worked with me to get the result I needed. I trust Dr Ducci and recommend her to anyone seeking psychiatric help.
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    Recommended by 1 doctor for:
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    Psychiatry

    Dr P Balu
    Dr P Balu
    Psychiatry

    28-03-2018

    Dr Francesca Ducci is an excellent colleague and a compassionate doctor. She is very knowledgeable and gives the very best care for her patients. I had the pleasure of looking after some of her patients who value her wonderful listening skills and commitment to them. I would have no hesitation in recommending her services to any of my clients.

    For specialty: Psychiatry
    Connection: Is a colleague

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