Professor George Ikkos, Consultant Psychiatrist

Professor George Ikkos

Consultant Psychiatrist, General Psychiatry

My professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:

Service as President of the Royal Society of Medicine Psychiatry and Pain Medicine Sections, Honorary Treasurer of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Association of Clinical Professors of Psychiatry, Honorary Secretary of the Institute of Group Analysis and as member of the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges Quality Leads Network reflect recognition of my contribution and leadership in medicine and psychiatry.

Having studied Psychology and Basic Medical Sciences at the University of Toronto Canada, where I obtained a Bachelor of Science (BSc), I trained in Medicine and Psychiatry at the Middlesex and University College Hospitals London Medical Schools and associated Training Schemes and obtained License in Medicine (LMSSA) and Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych). The College has since honoured me with a Fellowship (FRCPsych).

I qualified in Psychotherapy at the Institute of Group Analysis London (MInstGA) and have supervised the training of many psychiatrists, including in psychotherapy. I am also a Foundation Member of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management and a member of the International Association for the Study of Pain.

My professional experience:

Recognised as a leading Clinical and Academic Psychiatrist I have served as a NHS Consultant Psychiatrist since 1990 and also as Director of Medical Education and Honorary Visiting Research Professor.

I am a General Adult Psychiatrist with expertise in a wide variety of Mental Health Conditions, including Anxiety and Mood related disorders and have special interests in Psychological Medicine, Psychosomatics and Pain. Through my long association with the London Child and Family Practice, where I have previously served as Executive Chairman, I have also developed special interest in the mental health problems of young adults.

As an expert I aim to deliver a thorough assessment to ensure, in the light of the latest clinical and research evidence and the patient’s personal preferences, the right choice or balance between treatment with talking and/or medication. I wish to ensure that those who do not need medication are not prescribed it and to suggest alternative help that works; also to ensure that those that need medication are offered safe prescription sooner rather than later.

You will find more about my views on psychiatry through the link to this editorial:

Ikkos, G. et al; Editorial: Psychiatry’s Contract with Society: What is expected?

( http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1600-0447.2011.01678.x/full )

My personal statement:

A breakdown can be an opportunity for a breakthrough! Trusting dialogue between patient and psychiatrist is the cornerstone for the recovery of hope and coping. I have a passion for listening to and good communication with patients. The highlight of my career has been to collaborate extensively with people who had suffered mental ill health to teach young doctors how to talk to patients who might be facing extreme difficulties. Many trainees have remarked over the years what a huge difference it made. It transformed my practice too!

Psychiatric problems are common and sometimes persistent and together with neurological disability constitute the second most common reason why people miss days from work and are disabled worldwide. Unfortunately fear of stigma towards those who suffer mental ill health discourages some who need it to seek help from the appropriate specialist. Therefore my first priority is always to help the patient feel confident that they have taken the right step and to make sure they are talking to someone that deserves their trust.

Having been born in Sweden, brought up in Greece, studied in Canada, worked in Scotland and England and married a Spaniard, I have a wide cultural as well as clinical perspective. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and Benefactor Friend of Wigmore Hall. I also enjoy watching international rugby and football games (but not both at the same time!)

Additional information about my research, publications and interests:

Having served as President of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) Psychiatry Section I am now Director of the “Psychiatry in Dialogue with Neuroscience Medicine and Society” programme there. I am also Editorials Editor and Mental Health Law Profiles Editor of the Royal College of Psychiatrists journal “International Psychiatry”

As Director of Medical Education and more broadly as medical educator at Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust over a period of more than 20 years I have led in the training of hundreds of psychiatrists and have attracted repeated personal praise by the London Deanery for my leadership in Medical Education. My activities have included the development and facilitation of delivery of Leadership and Management training for both senior and junior doctors in the Trust. I have also been examiner at the Royal College of Psychiatrists and external examiner Imperial College School of Medicine.

My academic interests and over 30 peer reviewed professional publications include psychiatric ethics and training and the development of SNAPS: The Stanmore Nursing Assessment of Psychological Status, a training programme and system of educating hospital nurses to better understand and respond to patients’ emotions.

Selected publications:

Bhugra, D., Kuzman, M. R., Ikkos, G. et. al. (2014) EPA Guidance on the Role and Responsibilities of Psychiatrists, European Psychiatric Association- to be published in http://www.europsy.net/what-we-do/guidance-papers/

Ikkos, G. (2013) Psychosomatic Medicine and Liaison Psychiatry; empowering patients through imparting information, Psychiatriki,, 24(3) 2002-207  http://www.psych.gr/documents/psychiatry/24.3-EN-2013-202.pdf

Ikkos, G. (2010) The Futures of Psychiatrists: External and Internal Challenges, Editorial, International Psychiatry, 7: 79-81

Sugarman, P., Ikkos, G., Bailey, S. (2010) Choice in Mental Health: Participation and Recovery, Editorial, The Psychiatrist, 34(1) 1-3

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