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Dr Francesca Ducci
MD PhD
Psychiatry
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LANGUAGES

english, italian

CONSULTATION FEES

New appointment: £300£ [one hour]; ADHD: 600£ [1.5-2 hours]
Follow-up appointment: £150 [30 min]-180 [50 min]

About

I am a general adult psychiatrist working in both the NHS and private sector in London. Over the years, I developed a broad range of clinical and research expertise working in Italy, UK and USA.

I completed my medical education in Italy and my postgraduate qualification in General Adult Psychiatry in London.
I have e deep interest in research and I worked for four years at the National Institute of Health, (NIH) Bethesda, USA.

Clinical Experience:

I have experience in the assessment and management of different types of Psychiatric disorders including Anxiety
(e.g. panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), Mood Disorders (e.g. Depression and Bipolar Illness), Psychosis (e.g. Schizophrenia), and Personality Disorders.

I have a special interest in Neuropsychiatry that includes the treatment of Functional Neurological Syndromes (or Conversion disorders) such as non-epileptic seizures. I am also interested in the management of mental health problems in patients who are also affected by neurological conditions (e.g. Epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease).

I worked in multiple psychiatric services within NHS including the Early Intervention Unit for Psychosis (South London and Maudsley NHS trust and South West London & St George’s Mental Health Trust), Home Treatment Team, Community Mental Health Team, and the Neuropsychiatric Department at St George’s Hospital (South West London & St George’s Mental Health Trust).

Since 2013, I have been appointed as substantive Consultant Psychiatrist at South West London & St George’s Mental Health Trust.

I am committed to Continuing Professional Development and am appraised every year by the Royal College of Psychiatrists (Certificate of good standing) and the GMC.

What to expect:

During the initial consultation, I discuss with you the issues you are concerned about, your expectations from the
treatment and ask about your past psychiatric history, medical history and personal background.

It usually takes one or two sessions (depending on the complexity) to be able to discuss all the issues as well as your
therapeutic goals.  

I work in close collaboration with you to establish a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs. At the end of the initial consultation, I will consider the feasibility of a diagnosis if any and advise/prescribe medications if needed.

After the first assessment, I advise on whether one or more follow-up appointments might be appropriate and on potential psychological interventions that could be effective for you.

I do face to face consultations in Central (Harley Street) and South (Elephant &Castle) London as well as skype sessions.

I do also psychiatric reports, including medico-legal reports.

Research Activity:

I believe research is fundamental in improving our ability to understand and treat mental health problems.

I am very interested in understanding how genetic and environmental factors can jointly predispose to psychiatric disorders.

I started my research activity in 2004 working as postdoctoral visiting fellow at the National Institute of Health, (NIH) Bethesda, USA. At NIH, I focused my research interest on addiction and personality disorders. As a result of my work, I obtained a PhD in neurobiology of affective disorder in 2008 and published multiple articles for international scientific journals.

In London, I continued my research activity working as Clinical Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry Kings
College London.

NHS POST: Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry at South West London & St George’s Mental Health

http://www.psychnet.org.uk/dr-francesca-ducci/

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Special Interests

  • Anxiety
  • ADHD [2 hour assessment]
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Body Dysmorphic disorder (BDD)
  • Borderline Personality Disorder or Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD)
  • Conversion Disorder
  • Depersonalization
  • Derealization
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Non-epileptic seizures
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Personality Disorders
  • Phobias
  • Post Natal Depression (PND)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Trauma
  • Psychosis
  • Recurrent Depression
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Social Anxiety
  • Stress Management

     

    Education

    • Medical Degree:  University of Pisa, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Pisa, Italy 2001
    • Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in General Adulthood Psychiatry University Of Pisa, Italy 2004
    • PhD in neurobiological mechanisms underlying mood disorders and alcoholism, University Of Pisa, Italy 2008
    • Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in General Adulthood Psychiatry London Deanery 2013
    • Member of the Royal college of Psychiatrist

    Reviews

    BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

    22-11-2017
    Dr. Ducci is a really kind and understanding person and very flexible when it comes to sort out solutions for problems. I feel improvement, first at stabilization in my condition, so we can work on to solve the problem.

    BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

    20-05-2017
    Francesca is exactly what I had hoped for - someone warm and empathetic to talk to, who is also highly professional and pragmatic. She is obviously highly qualified and experienced, but not in the least bit intimidating. I am incredibly glad I found her.

    BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

    17-05-2017
    Dr Ducci has helped me immensely with my complicated long term depression where others have not succeeded. She always listened very carefully including taking seriously my views on my treatment and found solutions that some would not have considered. She has helped give me back my life. I highly recommend her.

    BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

    28-01-2017

    BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

    06-01-2017
    I have been under Francesca's care for a year now and have found her kind, patient, expert in her field and extremely accommodating. I would have no hesitations recommending her.

    BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

    11-12-2016

    BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

    21-11-2016
    Dr Ducci is extremely understanding and empathetic.

    BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

    21-11-2016
    Dr Ducci is empathetic and it really feels as if she cares about me and my future.

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