About Dr Coffey

I am an experienced and compassionate Adult consultant psychiatrist with over twenty years of psychiatric practice. I have worked as a consultant psychiatrist in the NHS, the independent sector and the Ministry of Defence. I have practising privileges at Spire hospital Portsmouth in Hampshire and Priory Hospital Woking in Surrey.

Prior to my psychiatric training, I worked in general medicine and surgery. This invaluable experience formed my overall clinical management of patients, with emphasis not only on mental health symptoms but also physical health issues. I remain interested in new developments and aim to keep up to date with medical progress. This ensures that my patients benefit from a holistic assessment and treatment to maximise their recovery chances.

I completed my initial psychiatric training at Guy’s and St Thomas’s training scheme in London, then went on to complete my specialist training in forensic psychiatry at North Thames training scheme in London and Essex. I successfully completed my training and was awarded the Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2005, and the Certificate of Completion of Training in Forensic Psychiatry in 2008.

After fifteen years in forensic psychiatry, I decided to return to general adult and old age psychiatry. I worked as a Consultant in Older People Mental Health at Southern Health NHS Trust, then at the Department of Community Mental Health at Portsmouth Naval base. Due to the current COVID situation and the pressure on the NHS, I have taken up a temporary position of a Consultant in General Adult psychiatry at Sussex Partnership NHS trust.

I have additional training in psychotherapy – in 2010 I successfully completed the intensive training course in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy which was organised by prominent American psychologist Marsha Linehan. I apply these invaluable psychotherapeutic skills in my practice, especially when treating patients with self-harm and/or emotional dysregulation.

During my NHS and independent career, I was always involved in teaching and supervision of other doctors and mental health professionals. I was actively involved in the management and clinical governance process. I held a position of a Clinical Director at St Magnus independent hospital.

For the past five years, I have been accredited as a medical appraiser with the Independent Doctors Federation. As an appraiser, I am involved in regular Quality improvement audits and attend regular training events for medical appraisers.

When making decisions about treatment, I apply the best current evidence- based information and guidelines to help my patients. This includes NICE guidelines, advice from the BNF (British National Formulary), the Royal College of Psychiatrists and other relevant sources.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Full registration with a licence to practise by the General Medical Council (GMC)
  • Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrist (MRCPsych)
  • Specialist Register in Forensic Psychiatry with the GMC (General Medical Council)
  • Certificate of Completion of Training in Forensic Psychiatry (CCT)
  • Approved Clinician and section 12(2) approved under the Mental Health Act
  • Cardiff University Law School Bond Solon Expert Witness Certificate and CPR35 Certificate
  • Member of the Independent Doctors Federation
  • Member of the General Adult Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry Faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Member of a Special interest group at the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Private Practice & Independent Practice and Women & Mental Health