Dr Oluwagbenga Odeyemi

Consultant Psychiatrist (General Adult)


Dr Odeyemi joined Priory Group in August 2016 as a consultant general adult psychiatrist at Priory Hospital Woodbourne, in Birmingham.

He is the consultant and clinical lead for the psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU) for young adults aged 18-25 years old. Dr Odeyemi also looks after patients in the general adult acute ward for young adults.

Dr Odeyemi was the acting medical director of Priory Hospital Woodbourne from October 2017 to January 2018. He also deputises in the absence of the medical director.

Dr Odeyemi is the medical education lead at Priory Hospital Woodbourne, organising the local education meetings for colleagues and staff at the hospital.


Dr Odeyemi graduated from medical school in 1998, in Nigeria. He has worked in the field of psychiatry since 2001 and completed his postgraduate psychiatric training with Nottinghamshire Healthcare Foundation Trust and University of Nottingham achieving his member Of Royal College of Psychiatrist status (MRCPsych) in 2007 and obtaining the certificate of completion of training (CCT) from the UK’s General Medical Council (GMC), in 2011.

He specialises in treating people of working age. He has worked as consultant psychiatrist within the NHS (Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust) and is now working with Priory Healthcare, as a consultant psychiatrist.

Dr Odeyemi is a member of the National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (NAPICU), contributing to the development and improvements of standards within PICUs. He is part of several committees looking into the continuous improvement of standards within the PICU, underpinned by the consistent search for least restrictive practice and patient-centred care. Dr Odeyemi has previously also been an active peer reviewer for the Royal College of Psychiatrist’s Electroconvulsive Therapy Accreditation Service.

Research Interests

Dr Odeyemi's area of research is mainly around improving mental health awareness and reducing stigma. This was the subject of his dissertation for his Master of Public Health degree, from the University of Leeds.

He was also part of the team that sought to raise awareness of the importance of dental care for patients in a residential rehabilitation mental health facility.

More recently, he has been involved in the selection and recruitment of subjects for research projects, such as:

  • Lamotrigine and borderline personality disorder: investigating long-term effectiveness (LABILE) study
  • Investigation of co-ordination of brain activity during a target detection task in healthy individuals and people with psychosis imaging study
  • Diffusion tensor imaging study

Clinical Articles and Research Papers

Article in Mental Health Review Journal 16:36-41 · April 2011


  • Yoruba (A West African dialect)


  • Approved Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard (DoLS) mental health assessor
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
  • Certificate of completion of training (CCT) (general adult)
  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychiatry
  • Section 12 (2) approved

In managing my patients, I am committed to a holistic approach, involving the patient, family or carers, where appropriate, to develop an individualised, robust and bespoke formulation and management plan.

As a consultant psychiatrist, I have worked within both inpatient and outpatient care settings. I have worked as the lead clinician in psychiatric intensive care units (PICU), acute adult wards, crisis resolution and home treatment teams and electroconvulsive therapy teams.

I approach the care of my patient with the use of up-to-date and evidence-based approaches of psycho-pharmacological treatment and supportive psychological interventions. I also work closely with allied professional psychologists at Priory Wellbeing Centre Birmingham, to provide the best and most appropriate structured psychological interventions.

I consider it a privilege to be given the opportunity to be able to help my patients make a lasting recovery and return to an enjoyable and fulfilling life. I take pride in being able to effectively assist patients achieve this goal.