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Dr Oliver White
Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr Oliver White

Dr White joined Priory Group in 2016 as a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist at Priory Wellbeing Centre Southampton. He utilises his specialist clinical expertise and experience to provide detailed and personalised assessments of children and young people (including young adults) who present with a range of mental health difficulties.  He promotes the inclusion and involvement of the various systems around the child and young person, including their families, GP, and school / college.  Dr White places emphasis on psychological therapy to support a young person to recover, and at times Dr White may also recommend medication to treat the young people who are experiencing mental health difficulties.

Dr White undertakes his Priory role alongside his NHS work; he has worked in NHS mental health services since 2003 in various community and inpatient clinical settings. Dr White’s current NHS work is across two NHS Trusts; he provides Forensic Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in both community and inpatient settings. He has a particular clinical interest in emerging personality difficulties and transition from child and adolescent to adult mental health services. 


Dr White qualified from Nottingham University Medical School in 2001 with both Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSci) and Bachelor of Medicine-Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degrees.  He then worked as a junior doctor in both the UK and Australia before completing his core psychiatric training in Nottingham, achieving a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychiatry and his member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych) status. Dr White completed higher specialist psychiatric training in Oxford, attaining dual qualifications and accreditations in child and adolescent psychiatry and forensic psychiatry. Dr White has been a consultant child and adolescent forensic psychiatrist since 2011.  He also undertakes medico-legal work and is experienced in preparing reports for criminal courts, family courts, and in civil cases.

Research interests

Dr White has undertaken various research projects, most notably on child maltreatment recurrence. His current research focus is on treatment and outcomes in secure adolescent inpatient care. 

Dr White provides regular teaching to medical students, particularly via the Oxford University Medical School Special Study Module Programme. He is also an accredited postgraduate medical educator.

Clinical articles and research papers

  • Young S, Greer, B, White O (2017) Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  In Bailey S, Tarbuck P, & Chitsabesan P (Eds.). Forensic Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Cambridge University Press.
  • White O, Hill SA, Coleman R, Delmage E (2017) Effect of clozapine on rates of risk incidents and functioning in female adolescents with a diagnosis of severe emerging emotionally unstable personality disorder.  The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology; 28(6), 737-752
  • Hindley N, Lengua C, & White O (2017) Forensic mental health services for children and adolescents: rationale and development. BJPsych Advances23(1), 36-43.
  • White OG, Hindley N, Jones DPH (2015) Risk factors for child maltreatment recurrence: An updated systematic review.  Medicine, Science and the Law, 55(4), 259-277
  • Hill SH, Brodrick P, Doherty A, Lolley J, Wallington F, White O (2014). Characteristics of female patients admitted to an adolescent secure forensic psychiatric hospital. The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology.  25(5) 503-319
  • Channing J, Hill S, Wetherill M, White O (2012)  Respiratory arrest and oversedation in an adolescent given intramuscular clonazepam for rapid tranquilization.  Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology 2(4) 159-163
  • Hill S, White OG, Williams H, Lolley J (2012) Incidents in an Adolescent Forensic Secure Inpatient Service.  Medicine, Science and the Law 52: 27-31
  • Oakley C, White OG & Bailey S (2009).  Dual Training in Psychiatry: Which way now? Psychiatric Bulletin 33: 231-234
  • White O & Oakley C (2008) The New MRCPsych Practice MCQs and EMIs (3 books). Radcliffe Publishing: Oxford. ISBN-13: 978 184619 255 5; 285 2; 254 8

I provide a high quality, individual service via my extensive training and experience, informed by up-to-date, evidence-based care.  I place emphasis on detailed assessments involving both the young person and their family to determine the optimal treatment and support.  When required, I provide ongoing monitoring of symptoms and associated risks to ensure optimisation of treatment and promote mental health recovery.

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