Dr. Ian Nnatu is a well-respected Consultant General Adult Psychiatrist practising at Priory Hospital North London and for the NHS at Charing Cross Hospital London. He was featured in the 2019 & 2020 power list as one of the most influential black people in the UK. With over 20 years’ experience, Dr. Nnatu’s expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of a range of psychiatric and mental health disorders enables him to provide first-class care. He has a special clinical interest in depression, anxiety, stress and addictions. He is one of a few Consultant Psychiatrists trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) providing a holistic and tailored approach to treatment.
He graduated with a Medical Degree in 1994 and completed an extensive training scheme in psychiatry, along with a postgraduate Diploma in CBT in 2006. He was awarded the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, where he is also the Public Engagement Officer of the London Division and has recently completed a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Leadership from the NHS Leadership Academy. Dr. Nnatu is involved in medical education as an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London and offers courses and seminars to healthcare professionals to keep them up to date in the latest findings and treatments available.
- MBBS Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, University of Lagos 1994
- MRCPsych Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists 2002
- Postgraduate Diploma in CBT Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London 2006
- FRCPsych Fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists 2013
- MSc Master of Science in Healthcare Leadership NHS Leadership Academy 2018
After years of experiencing mental health issues and seeing lots of other health care professionals I'd pretty much given up hope of feeling well again. That's untill I found Dr Nnatu consultant psychiatrist at the Priory. With his help and patience over the last 9 months I have completely changed many aspects of my life and am continuing to do so. I particularly found the new 20 week day course DBT therapy so good I am learning about myself at the age of 53 years old. Thank you Dr Nnatu and Stacey Quinlan.
Dr Nnatu was very easy to talk to he was engaging, enquiring and thought provoking, however at the same time had the empathy to deal with the nature of my appointment. His experience and expert knowledge in this field showed and was very reassuring,
Dr Ian Nnatu was amazing. The first conversation I had with him he knew what he was talking about and how to help me. He prescribed me the correct medication for the issues I was struggling with. He said it would take three weeks and within three weeks I was back to my old self. I cant thank him enough for bringing me back to life. Thank you.
Dr Nnatu is very polite, calm, and patient. He has always taken time to explain the issues and course of treatment. I think I owe a significant part of my recovery to Dr Nnatu. Highly recommended!
Dr Nnatu shows great care and instils confidence in me when we talk. He’s open and flexible on medication options with me and I feel I have a great deal of control and choice over myself in the process. Thanks Dr Nnatu for your support.
During my initial consultation, Dr Nnatu was extremely understanding and made me feel very comfortable explaining my issues to him. I found him reassuring, and felt a lot better even just after the initial consultation that he had my best interests at heart and that we would work together to make me feel better, both short and long term.
Easy to talk to, supportive, gives appropriate advice
Dr Nnatu is an extremely compassionate man who made me feel like he genuinely cared for my wellbeing, rather than simply doing his job. He listened to to me intently and after diagnosing me with PTSD organised me to see a specific therapist who he thought would best suit my needs, who was also brilliant. I am feeling much healthier in myself after seeing him for a year.
Very professional and caring
Was good to see him, sometimes an intimidating experience as part of consultation within a group session involving colleagues and associates at The Priory. Would recommend all the same. Glad to have met.
I was very anxious about my consultation with Dr Nnatu. From the outset, I found him to be personable, gentle and encouraging. His manner relaxed me and reassured me. He used my name a lot which made me feel heard. He was very attentive and focussed, containing me and coming up with a plan I felt comfortable with. Speaking to him was a real relief.
Excellent throughout my treatment and with ongoing treatment. Very polite and caring person. Finally got my diagnosis after years of being fed antidepressants by my GP. Dr Nnatu is a consultant of the highest calibre.
Dr Nnatu is very gentle and easy to talk to. He creates a safe and nonjudgemental space where Ive felt comfortable opening up about my deepest demons and traumas. He makes you feel safe to ask questions, express any concerns and makes sure that you are also apart of your treatment plan. He is also very professional and ensures my whole care team is in coordination, arranging catch ups with my clinical psychologist and so that my whole care team is on the same page and informed and can work together. After having been admitted to the Nightingale Hospital, I asked to switch psychiatrists to Dr Nnatu because of how safe, comfortable and understood I felt. I was initially hesitant to have a male doctor/psychiatrist but that fear was quickly lifted as he is very kind, gentle and listens, he made me feel very comfortable. He is not a "box ticker" psychiatrist and talks to you like another human being; you have a conversation, rather than filling out forms and this was really comforting for me as I felt like I was being treated like a real person.
Helpful and clear explanations. Excellent listening, asks for opinions when my questions went beyond the pure psychiatric perimeter (hormonal impact, medication side effects etc).
Dr. Nnatu has helped me tremendously in finding the right medication that works for me. Not only does he approach the treatment with a lot patience, considering wide-ranging factors, he is also keen to take one a collaborative approach that paints a better of my mental well-being. His letters/account of our sessions are concise, but comprehensive, and I find myself increasingly lucky to have him oversee my treatment.
I could not wish to have a better psychiastrist. Dr Nnatu is not only at the top of his field, but has such a compassionate manner, that I never feel judged or am made to feel inadequate because of my mental illness. Additionally, he doesn't just prescribe drugs and send you on your way. He takes a cognitive approach and helps you understand different ways of looking at your illness and how to move forward with your life. With his help and that of a CBT therapist, I have managed to recover from being in acute psychiatric ward to functioning normally at home. I am lucky to have found him.
Very friendly, explains all treatments very well and gives freedom for me to make my own choices about my recovery.
Very understanding, would let patient and advocates express their views and he listened carefully, knew what his expertise was and where medical conditions exceeded his expertise (e.g., autism), he didn't pretend to know it all, this is very important, being a doctor's wife and a doctor's sister myself. We have come across psychiatrists who just do not listen, are dismissive of relatives' accounts/views, etc. Very happy with how he cared for and treated my relative, would recommend this psychiatrist wholeheartedly.