Professional Qualifications, accreditations and memberships:
- MBChB (Hons)
- Member of Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych)
- MA Medical Law and Ethics
I graduated in Medicine in 1995 and went on to train in General Psychiatry at UCH/Royal Free Hospitals and the South London and Maudsley Hospitals gaining a wealth of experience.
I have worked in London as a Consultant Psychiatrist since 2003. I spent 14 years at Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust in one of the four Eating Disorders Services in London. I led the development of the community service for 10 years and acted as Clinical Lead for the latter 2 years.
I have been developing my private practice since 2017 seeing patients at the Nightingale Hospital and the Priory Hospital.
I have been a Clinical Supervisor for higher trainees and I’m a recognised teacher at Royal Free and University College London. I have delivered lectures and talks to a variety of audiences and have also presented at international conferences.
I have been involved with the development of national guidelines, policy, professional standards and training in my roles as executive committee member for the Section of Eating Disorders (now Faculty) and the London Division, both part of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. I was a member of the Clinical Reference Group for NHS England and wrote the Guideline for Commissioners of Eating Disorders Services published by the Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health.
I treat adults with a wide range of mental health problems and I am also a specialist in the treatment of eating disorders.
My approach incorporates medical diagnostic skills, a comprehensive knowledge of psychological functioning and a strong desire to understand the development of mental health problems within each person as an individual with a unique story.
I am experienced in managing the physical aspects of illness alongside offering psychotherapeutic approaches and pharmacological management if necessary. I am also keen to support family members through the process of treatment.
I work in an out-patient setting and I am also able to offer daycare and in-patient treatment if required. I collaborate closely with a wider team of therapists, specialist nurses and dietitians.
Additional information about my research, publications and interests:
I am involved with academic research in the field of eating disorders.
Links to clinical articles/research papers: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Lorna_Richards2
Conditions I treat
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Trauma and PTSD
- Prenatal and Postnatal Depression
- Sleep disorders
- Relationship and Interpersonal Difficulties
- Personality Disorders
- Panic Attacks
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Mood Disorders
- Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified
- Bulimia Nervosa
- Anorexia Nervosa