My professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:
- MBBS BSc (Hons)
My professional experience:
I graduated in medicine from Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Medical School and completed my post-graduate training in General Adult and Addiction Psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital, the National Self-Harm service and National Alcohol Unit.
As well as training in CBT for 4 years at the Maudsley Hospital department of psychotherapy, I completed further training at the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre.
I was a Senior Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College for 7 years, responsible for training psychiatrists and undergraduates from Imperial Medical School. I was a supervisor and tutor on the Institute of Psychiatry’s Addiction Sciences MSc course.
I previously worked as the lead clinician for psychiatric admissions in Hammersmith and Fulham in Charing Cross and the dual diagnosis lead for West London Mental Health NHS Trust (WLMHT).
I have a special interest in neurodevelopmental conditions and set up an adult ADHD service for South London and the Maudsley in 2009. I was the lead for developing services for adults with neurodevelopmental conditions for WLMHT.
I continue to work part-time for an specialist neurodevelopmental NHS clinic for adults. The clinic is linked to research and involves training medical undergraduates and psychiatrists in this specialist area.
I am approved by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) for Therapeutic Use Exemption applications for competitive athletes. UKAD is responsible for ensuring compliance with the World Anti-Doping Association’s Code. I can therefore support applications to International sports governing bodies.
My personal statement:
The human capacity to cope with adversity is extraordinary and this is no more apparent than in psychiatry. While I am fascinated by the sciences of the mind, I can easily say that the most I have learnt in my career in psychiatry is from patients and those close to them. What motivates me above all else is that it is immensely rewarding to take part in someone’s recovery. It is a privilege to be in a position to help them discover how to do it, especially those that have almost given up hope. I believe recovery is very personal and I see working in a partnership as essential in terms of really understanding someone’s problems and helping them choose what is best for them.
Additional information about my research:
I am part of the research team involved in the English and Romanian Adoptees Brain Imaging Study investigating how sustained early deprivation effects neurodevelopment. The study is conducted jointly by the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London and Southampton University.
I conducted a field trial to support the World Health Organisation’s ICD-11 working group for of the revised diagnostic criteria for personality disorder. The diagnostic criteria for personality disorder have been subject to considerable revision because of the difficulty in making a consistent and accurate diagnosis.
Previous research included the long term brain changes due to alcohol misuse and defining the appetitive reward pathways in the brain related to addiction.