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Dr Taryn Tracey
Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Dr Taryn Tracey

Dr Taryn Tracey

Dr Tracey joined Priory group in 2021, bringing over ten years’ experience as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. She offers high quality evidence based assessment and treatment to young people and families seeking support for a wide range of mental and emotional health difficulties.

Dr Tracey previously held two Consultant Posts in Cambridge where she trained in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry before moving to the North-West.

In her first Consultant post she worked with complex and high risk young people admitted to an Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatric Service before moving on to become Clinical Lead of the Regional Specialist Eating Disorders Inpatient Service based in Cambridge.

Dr Tracey’s current NHS post is in an outpatient CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health) service in Manchester. Dr Tracey was appointed Clinical Lead in 2017 and was awarded a Clinical Excellence Award in 2018. She has also held additional responsibilities as Safeguarding Children Doctor and led on service development and improvement for the Eating Disorders, Emotional Behavioural Dysregulation and ADHD care pathways in addition to envisaging and co-creating her borough’s Child and Adolescent Complex Trauma Service.

Dr Tracey has a special interest in the impact and long-term effects of trauma and adverse life events, and the treatment of PTSD. This being the case, she is trained in DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing).

Alongside her NHS role Dr Tracey worked as a Medicolegal Report writing doctor for Freedom from Torture from 2017-2019 where she assessed and wrote medico-legal reports for the court for victims of torture. She continues to write medico-legal reports and work as an expert witness.

Dr Tracey enjoys keeping up to date with her skills and knowledge and teaching and training others. She has lectured at Manchester University on the mental health of child and adolescent refugees and asylum seekers for students studying MA Humanitarianism and MSc International Disaster Management, arranged and led Consultant Psychiatrist Training Days on the topics of Eating Disorders and PTSD and been clinical supervisor to psychiatrists in training. She taught on the Cambridge MRCPsych course, lectured to Cambridge undergraduates on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry topics and is a trained Clinical Communications Skills facilitator for Cambridge Medical School. She also taught English in Japan in what she says feels like another life!

Training

Dr Tracey graduated from King’s College London with a Bachelor of Medicine-Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree in 2001.

She commenced with psychiatry specialty training in 2004 on the St Bart’s and Royal London East London rotational training scheme in psychiatry. She achieved her Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych) status in 2006.

Dr Tracey then moved to Cambridge to undertake sub-specialist training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry which she completed in 2010.

In her first Consultant post she worked with complex and high risk young people admitted to an Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatric Service before moving on to become Clinical Lead of the Regional Specialist Eating Disorders Inpatient Service based in Cambridge.

Dr Tracey’s current NHS post is in an outpatient CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health) service in Manchester. Dr Tracey was appointed Clinical Lead in 2017 and was awarded a Clinical Excellence Award in 2018.

Dr Tracey has a special interest in the impact and long-term effects of trauma and adverse life events, and the treatment of PTSD. This being the case, she is trained in DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing).

Research interests

During her specialist training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Dr Tracey and a colleague undertook a Mental Health Needs Assessment in a Youth Offending Institution. She co-authored the report and presented it to Suffolk Mental Health Partnerships Senior Management Team. The recommendations were implemented in full and included: a structure for the new service, the staffing required and a protocol for officers about how to manage/when to refer young people with mental health needs.

Links to clinical articles/research papers:

  • Dracass, Tracey & Bhui (2008) What is it about dynamic psychotherapy? Psychiatric Bulletin, 32, 313-315
  • Tracey & Ghosh (2008) Planning Mental Health Service Provision for a Youth Offending Institution. A poster presentation at the Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Conference.
  • Tracey & Murphy (2009) Sexuality and Sexual Problems. In Bailey & Shooter (eds.) The Young Mind –an essential guide to mental health for young adults, parents and teachers. London: Royal College of Psychiatrists. Subsequent to writing this chapter I was invited to speak on the topic at a national conference entitled ‘Achieving Successful Transitions for Young Service Users’.
  • Tracey (2009) Minds on Trial: Great cases in law and psychology, The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 20, 598-599
  • Dr Tracey has co-written four Mind-Ed Modules on the topic of Emotional Dysregulation, self-harm and suicidal behavior for The Royal College of Psychiatrists/Health Education England Mind-Ed online resource 2017.

"Taryn is one of the best Doctors I have ever worked with she is compassionate and respectful to patients their families and colleagues alike. There are colleagues in other disciplines that some of the team had struggled with for years that Taryn was able to forge and productive working relationship with. She always make time for me if I need to talk someone through with her, her time management is excellent and I really like her transparent and honest way of being with our
families."

"Taryn is great with young people and families. She has supported a number of families with whom I work and has supported their differing needs sensitively. "

"Very friendly & supportive colleague Highly committed towards wellbeing of patients and staff"

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