Dr Michael Maier

Visiting Consultant - General Adult Psychiatry


Dr Michael Maier is a senior consultant having worked in the NHS for the last 23 years. His clinical work has been acknowledged by a National Clinical Excellence Award. He now divides his time between the NHS and Priory Hospital Roehampton.

Dr Maier's service in the NHS has a current accreditation of ‘excellent’ by the Royal College of Psychiatrists through their Accreditation of In-patient Mental Health Services (AIMS). He is a general adult psychiatrist able to treat a range of disorders affecting those from 18 years to older age. He has specialist expertise in the treatment of schizophrenia, psychoses, bipolar affective disorder, depression and anxiety.

From 2007 to 2017, Dr Maier had the privilege of being appointed by Health Education England to be the first Head of the London School of Psychiatry, in charge of the delivery and quality of training for 1000 trainee psychiatrists in London.

He has also held a number of roles within his trust as Director of Medical Education and Director of Psychiatric Training and has dedicated considerable time to ensuring that the doctors they train are safe, knowledgeable, competent and compassionate.

Position at Priory

Dr Michael Maier recently joined Priory as a visiting consultant, in addition to his work in the NHS at West London NHS Trust.

In 1992 Dr Maier obtained membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists through examination and was elected a fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2007. He was elected a fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators (in 2010) by assessment and in recognition of his sustained contribution to medical education and training.

From 2016 to 2018, Dr Maier was the President of the psychiatry section of the Royal Society of Medicine, and was subsequently elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Dr Maier is a visiting professor at Buckinghamshire New University and an honorary senior clinical lecturer at Imperial College.


  • Dr Maier initially took a degree in chemistry at University College London in 1973 and later studied under Professor Sir Harry Kroto for his PhD. Professor Kroto later went on to be awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1996. There followed a period of research when he held a Royal Society European Exchange fellowship in Germany, followed by time in the USA where he worked at the University of California Berkeley and IBM in Silicon Valley.
  • In 1983, Dr Maier entered medical school. He trained at the Charing Cross & Westminster Medical School and obtained a medical degree in 1988. He trained in psychiatry at The Bethlem Royal and Maudsley Hospital from 1989-1996. During this time, he also spent three years at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and the Institute of Neurology where he held a Welcome Training Fellowship and was awarded the Queen Square prize for neurology in 1995.
  • He was appointed as a consultant psychiatrist in the NHS in 1996, giving half his time to clinical work and half to research and education as a clinical senior lecturer at Imperial College. Since 1996 he has worked continuously in the NHS.
  • Presently, Dr Maier also works for the Parliamentary Health Ombudsman as a professional assessor and provides advice to the Ombudsman offices in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Dr Maier holds a medical degree from the University of London and a PhD for research. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and a fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators, and was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Research interests

  • Dr Maier has held numerous research grants and has contributed to research throughout his career in medicine. His main areas of research have been in the neuroimaging and neuropathology of severe mental illness and he has published extensively in peer reviewed journals.
  • Throughout his career as a consultant, he has contributed a significant amount of his time to teaching and training the next generation of doctors and psychiatrists.


  • 1. MBBS (medical degree) obtained from the University of London
  • 2. PhD in chemical physics, and applicable to my research in neuroimaging
  • 3. MRCPsych (Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists obtained by examination)
  • 4. FRCPsych (Fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists) obtained by election
  • 5. FAcadMEd (Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Educators, obtained by assessment and election)
  • 6. FRSA (Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, obtained by election)

I bring considerable experience, up-to-date knowledge and a compassionate and professional attitude to treating patients. I regularly receive positive feedback from patients and their families for the care that my team and I provide, and the recovery we help our patients to achieve.

I have wide experience, continued research activity, education and medical training, which allows me to stay up to date.