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Dr Hema Ananth
Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Hema Ananth

Dr Ananth has worked as an old age and general adult consultant psychiatrist at Priory Hospital North London for over 10 years. She is also registered with General Medical Council (GMC) and Royal College of Psychiatrists, and works in the Secretary of Psychiatry Section at Royal Society of Medicine.


  • UCL and Royal Free Hospitals

Research articles and clinical publications

  • Beveridge E A, Ananth H, Scurlock H J ‘What protection for the unborn child of a psychologically vulnerable adult?’ Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.96(2):92-93, February 2003.
  • Ananth H, Jones L, King M and Tookman A ‘The Impact of Cancer on Sexual Function:A Controlled Study’ Palliative Medicine, 2003; 17: 202-205
  • Invited speaker at Marie Curie Research and Development Conference 2002, 2005 and St George’s Hospital 2002.
  • Campbell PG and Ananth H ‘Graduates: In: Jacoby R, Oppenheimer C, eds: Psychiatry in the Elderly’ Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002, pp 762-799.
  • Ananth H, Popescu I, Good CD, Critchley HD, Frackowiak RSJ, Dolan RJ ‘Cortical and Subcortical Gray Matter Abnormalities in Schizophrenia: Optimized Volumetric Voxel-Based Morphometry of Structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging’ Am J Psychiatry 159:1497 – 1505, September 2002
  • Poster presentation at International Schizophrenia Conference, Davos 2002.
  • Critchley HD, Ananth H, Popescu I, Good CD, Frackowiak RSJ, Dolan RJ: Cortical and thalamic grey matter abnormalities in Schizophrenia: optimized volumetric Voxel-based morphometry of structural magnetic resonance imaging Schizophrenia Research 53, Suppl A181
  • Collaborated with Research & development team looking into category-specific object naming in dementia: Category-Specific Object Naming in Dementia of Probable Alzheimer Type: naming pictures of living and non-living things, actively recruit for DENDRON.
  • Posters at Royal College of Psychiatrists: 2012 Prevalence of Depression in non-referred patients in the General Hospital, 2015 Eating Disorders in the Elderly and Developing a Template for GP letters following a Memory Clinic Assessment
  • Continued Improvement Of Physical Health On The Old Age Psychiatric Ward: Neurological Observations Following Falls, 2017 Dr Matthew Anastasis, Dr Nikki Kyriacou, Dr Hema Ananth, Hertfordshire Jornal of Medicine
  • Improving Accuracy of Respiratory Rate Measurements on Inpatient Mental Health Wards” A Quality Improvement Project 2018, submitted to Hertfordshire Journal of Medicine
  • Hypertension Teaching Audit on an Inpatient Old Age ward, 2018, poster accepted for RCPsych conference

I qualified from UCL in 1995 and have established myself as a consultant psychiatrist for the last 15 years. I completed my psychiatric training on the Royal Free Training Scheme. I was awarded the fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2012 for my contribution to Psychiatry. I am dual accredited in old age and general adult psychiatry and have an endorsement in liaison. I have published several papers and contributed to the Oxford Textbook of Elderly Psychiatry.

My NHS work is in Hertfordshire, where I have been the lead for the local Memory Service. This involves close work with the Alzheimer’s Society, with whom I have been involved with in a voluntary capacity.  I routinely care for patients with dementia, bipolar disorder, depressive and psychotic conditions. I am the chair of the Herts Old Age Psychiatry Group and also sit on the Ethics Executive.

I have been involved in private practice for 12 years, and am actively involved in Medical Education of Junior Doctors and am a tutor – I recently completed a Masters in Medical Education. I was elected secretary of the Psychiatry Council at The Royal Society of Medicine where I promote psychiatry and provide input into conferences. I am part of the panel at the Royal College of Psychiatrists that is responsible for setting the member of Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRPsych) exam paper. I have previously been on the Liaison Faculty and Women in Psychiatry Group at The Royal College of Psychiatrists and remain an active member of the Old Age Faculty. I have a long track record of medicolegal work including routine and more complex assessments of capacity.

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  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc)
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (FRCPsych)
  • Master of Health Management in Medical Education (MHMEd)
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