Dr Helena Fox, Eating Disorder Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Helena Fox

Eating Disorder Consultant Psychiatrist, Specialist in Eating Disorders , General Psychiatry

My professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:

  • MBBS
  • MRCPsych
  • MA
  • Oxford Certificate in CBT

My professional experience:

I qualified in medicine at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in 1982. Following this I worked in Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Casualty and then began to specialise in Psychiatry in 1984. I trained at Kings College and the Maudsley Hospitals in London and in 1989 gained Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. I became a Senior Registrar on the Oxford part time training scheme and gained a CCST in General Adult Psychiatry 1998. During this time, I gained extensive experience in acute general psychiatry and psychological treatment methods including individual and group dynamic psychotherapy. In addition, I hold a certificate in Cognitive Therapy (Oxford Post Qualification course 1994). Using this relevant experience, I started to work in the field of Eating Disorders. I worked as an NHS Consultant in Buckinghamshire from 1999 – 2003. This post included acute general psychiatry for adults and Project Leadership for setting up a new adult eating disorder service in Buckinghamshire and appointing an outpatient specialist team for the county. This service is now combined with Oxfordshire. In 2003, I moved into private practice to work with the specialist Eating Disorder team at Nightingale Hospital London.

My personal statement:

I have worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist on the specialist Eating Disorder Unit at Nightingale Hospital London since 2003. I treat patients suffering from Eating Disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorders, other eating disorders and diagnostic issues. I also treat patients with general psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, stress and obsessive-compulsive disorder. The eating disorders often co-exist with the latter as a dual diagnosis. I have experience in applying a range of treatments from the psychotherapies to medications and work in conjunction with a specialist multidisciplinary team of expert therapists. This includes psychotherapists (dynamic and cognitive behavioural), psychologists, dietitian, occupational therapist, nursing staff and family therapists. The hospital team offers care at outpatient, day patient and inpatient levels depending on the severity of the disorder.

In my clinic, I now work part-time and treat those suitable for outpatient treatment and work with the hospital specialist multidisciplinary teams.

For those with more serious conditions, I work with my Consultant colleagues in the team.

Additional information about my research, publications and interests:

I have taught and lectured including and have given a series of educative talks to schools, medical colleagues and allied professions about various aspects of eating disorders including, ‘Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa: Current Management Menu’, ’The Dangers of Dieting’, and ‘Eating Disorders and Reproduction’.

I have a Masters in Social Sculpture (a contemporary art form with theoretical underpinnings in Philosophy). I am now engaged in part-time arts-based PhD research exploring links between this field and Medicine. My research concern is, broadly, how connective aesthetic practices may make clinical practice more humane.

I am co-convener of the Aesthetics in Mental Health Group (AiMH) which I founded in in 2014. This continues with annual symposium. This group incorporates theory and practice of philosophy, psychiatry and related disciplines. This group is part of the Collaborating Centre for Values-Based Health and Social Care at St Catherine’s College, Oxford.


My treatment approaches

  • Medication

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