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Professor George Ikkos is a Consultant Psychiatrist who has served as President of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) Sections of Psychiatry and Pain Medicine. He has received a National NHS Clinical Excellence Award and a Local NHS Staff Excellence Award “in recognition of dedication and commitment to service users in Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust”. He is Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The Honorary Fellowship is the highest honour the College bestows. The highlight of his career has been to collaborate extensively with people who had suffered mental ill health and their families to teach young doctors how to talk to patients who might be facing extreme difficulties.
Professor Ikkos is a general adult psychiatrist who has special interest in the assessment and treatment of stress, worry, trauma and anxiety related conditions; also mood disorders and psychosomatic problems. He is co-author of the European Psychiatric Association (EPA) “Guidance on Roles and Responsibilities of Psychiatrists” and co-author of the chapter on “Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and Psychiatry” in the forthcoming UK national Guidance on Diagnosis, Referral and Management of adult patients with CRPS. He employs both psychological and medical treatments, working on his own or in collaboration with others.
Professor Ikkos’ clinical practice includes adjustment and stress reactions, phobias and panic attacks, health or generalised anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); also unipolar and bipolar depression and psychological care of people with medical illness or medically unexplained physical symptoms. Early and thorough assessment by an expert in psychological medicine can be the best way to ensure the right choice or balance between treatment with talking and/or medication. One of the core skills of the psychiatrist is to help ensure that those who do not need medication are not prescribed it and to suggest alternative help that works; also to ensure that those that need medication are offered safe prescription sooner rather than later.
With a strong background in medical education and having served as Executive Chairman of the London Child and Family Practice, George has a special interest in the difficulties of young adults. He takes a developmental approach in his practice and engages families appropriately with the patient’s consent. He is Consultant Psychiatrist at the Royal National Orthopaedic (NHS) and Visiting Consultant Psychiatrist at Wellington (HCA) and Nightingale hospitals.
Professional and academic
Over a period of more than 20 years Professor Ikkos has led the training of literally hundreds of psychiatrists and has attracted repeated personal praise by the London Deanery for his leadership in Medical Education. His academic interests and over 30 peer reviewed professional publications include psychiatric ethics and training. He is Honorary Treasurer of the Association of Clinical Professors of Psychiatry and Associate of the General Medical Council. He is former of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and external examiner Imperial College School of Medicine.
Professor Ikkos is former Honorary Treasurer Royal College of Psychiatrists and has been a member of the College Centre for Quality Improvement (CCQI) Board and represented the College on the Academy of Royal Colleges Quality Leads Network. He has led the development and delivery of an innovative and extensive Leadership training programme for senior and junior doctors at Barnet Enfield and Haringey MH NHS Trust. He has published in peer reviewed journals on quality in mental health services and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Medical Management or the Academy or Royal Medical Colleges.
Professor Ikkos has held honorary academic positions at the School of Health and Social Care London South Bank University, Department of Clinical Health and Educational Psychology University College London (UCL) and Middlesex Hospital Medical School. He has extensive experience as an expert witness in medico-legal practice.
Education & training
Professor Ikkos studied Psychology and Basic Medical Sciences at the University of Toronto Canada. He trained in Medicine and Psychiatry at the Middlesex and University College Hospitals London Medical Schools and associated Training Schemes. He qualified in Psychotherapy at the Institute of Group Analysis London and has supervised the training of psychiatrists in interview skills and psychotherapy.
Bhugra, D., Ventriglio, A. Kuzman, M. R., Ikkos, G. et. al. (2015) EPA Guidance on the Role and Responsibilities of Psychiatrists, European Psychiatric Association http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eurpsy.2015.02.002
Ikkos, G. (2013) Psychosomatic Medicine and Liaison Psychiatry; empowering patients through imparting information, Psychiatrike,, 24(3) 2002-207 http://www.psych.gr/documents/psychiatry/24.3-EN-2013-202.pdf
Ikkos, G. McQueen, D. St. Smith, P. (2011) Psychiatry’s Contract with Society; what is expected? Editorial, Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 124:1–3 – http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1600-0447.2011.01678.x/full
Sugarman, P., Ikkos, G., Bailey, S. (2010) Choice in Mental Health: Participation and Recovery, Editorial, The Psychiatrist, 34(1) 1-3 http://pb.rcpsych.org/content/34/1/1