Female Mental Health Specialist

Dr Sherine Mikhail

Consultant Psychiatrist

My professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:


MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery), 1994, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, University of London.

BSc (Bachelor of Science), Immunopathology, 1991, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, University of London.

MRCPsych (Member of Royal College of Psychiatrists), 1998.

FRCPsych (Fellowship of Royal College of Psychiatrists), 2011.

Dip.Criminol (Diploma in Criminology), Birkbeck College, University of London, 2005.


GMC (General Medical Council) Specialist Registration as a Consultant Psychiatrist, 2002.

Approved under Section 12 (2) Mental Health Act 1983/2007 – since 1998

Awarded 4 NHS Clinical Excellence Awards


General Medical Council (GMC), Membership Number: 4099570

British Medical Association (BMA)

Medical Defence Union (MDU)

Faculty of Community & General Adult Psychiatry, Royal College of Psychiatrists

Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry, Royal College of Psychiatrists

Member of American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

My professional experience:

I trained as a psychiatrist in London in Royal College of Psychiatrists’ accredited training schemes in General Adult and Forensic Psychiatry, attaining GMC specialist registration as a Consultant Psychiatrist in 2002.

I have been in NHS practice as a Consultant Psychiatrist at Chase Farm Hospital since 2002 where as a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist I am involved in the care and treatment of criminal offenders with mental illness, personality disorders and substance misuse.  I have worked as a private Consultant Psychiatrist in Adult Psychiatry since 2004. I work privately in Harley Street, London, with admitting/practicing privileges at Nightingale Hospital, London, The Priory Hospital, Roehampton, and The Blackheath Hospital, London.

Besides clinical practice, I am a formally recognised Appraiser for Consultant medical colleagues; a member of the Fitness to Practice Panel Meetings of the Royal Free & University College London Medical School providing expertise to the panel in relation to the mental health and personality of medical students; I have and remain actively involved in the formal lecturing, training and examining of medical students and junior doctor trainees, of the Royal Free & University College London Medical School; I Chair the  Drugs & Therapeutics Committee within the NHS Trust that I work; and I have acted as an independent Consultant Psychiatry expert for NHS London on a Homicide Inquiry Panel.

My personal statement:

I treat adult patients, 18 years plus. My areas of special interest are mood disorders (anxiety, depression, panic, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder), psychotic illnesses (schizophrenia and other psychoses), benzodiazepine abuse, and personality disorders. I consult in English and Arabic.

I personally see all patients who are referred to me for an initial psychiatric assessment, for 1 hour. A diagnosis will be formulated, if relevant, and treatment advice provided. Treatment recommendations are in accordance with evidence-based, accepted practice within the UK. I will advise on medication options if I feel medication may be of benefit and the therapy options available. I am always keen for the patient to give an opinion on their preferred treatment choice, so that they do not feel excluded from involvement in their recovery. The possibilities for therapy include individual and group therapies, and the former will usually be cognitive behavioural therapy. I will recommend a suitable approved therapist and liaise with them regarding the patient’s progress. Group therapies are usually offered within the context of day hospital treatment under my care and will be recommended where there is a particular need for more intensive treatment than individual outpatient care. I will provide follow-up, usually for 30 minutes, but this may be extended to 1 hour, on a regular basis (frequency according to progress), until treatment is completed.

Where patients require hospital admission under my care, I will arrange this. The length of admission is according to the patient’s need.

Additional information about my research, publications and interests:


S W Mikhail, H G Kennedy. Homicide, novel antipsychotics, and noncompliance. Lancet 2000; 355: 1189

H G Kennedy, S W Mikhail. Advantages of depot antipsychotics. Lancet 2000; 356: 594

S. Mikhail, A. Akinkunmi, N. Poythress. Mental Health Courts: a workable proposition? Psychiatric Bulletin  2001; 25; 5-7

A.J Krentz. S. Mikhail, G. Hill, P. Cantrell. Drug Points: Pseudo-phaeochromocytoma syndrome associated with clozapine. British Medical Journal 2001; 7296; 1213

Contributor to Edinburgh International Encyclopaedia for Psychoanalysis (2006).

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