Professor Shanaya Rathod

Consultant Psychiatrist and Director of Research

MBBS, MSc, MRCPsych, DM

"The facilities at Spire Hospital are second to none. I love working here. The atmosphere is so supportive with the entire staff committed to each patient’s treatment."


Specialises in

I am an experienced consultant psychiatrist with dual accreditation on the GMC Specialist Register in both adult and old age psychiatry. I am the Director of Research with Southern Health UHS Foundation Trust and visiting Professor at the Faculty of Science, University of Portsmouth. I am the Mental Health Clinical Lead for the Wessex Clinical Research Network and Wessex leadership across organisations on the strategic development of mental health services. I have been published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and have authored books (including Back to Life, Back to Normality, Cultural Adaptation of CBT for Serious Mental illness, Brief Interventions in Psychosis) especially on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. I am also an invited speaker at national and international events.I have mastered specialist skills across the illness pathway through assessment, diagnosis and treatment of common and severe enduring mental health conditions. I have an expertise in supporting people through stressful times in their lives, through developing their resilience and coping strategies by working with them collaboratively and coaching them towards recovery. I aim to provide a high-quality personalised and friendly service where patients experience, choice and needs come first. I understand the needs of carers and do my best to provide family friendly services.I provide expertise in a wide range of mental health problems in General Psychiatry: anxiety and adjustment disorders, panic attacks, phobias, depression, coping problems and work related stress, bereavement management, bipolar affective disorder, perinatal problems, trauma and post-traumatic stress disorders, behaviour management and personality disorders, alcohol and substance misuse, chronic pain and stress through relationship problems.I am approved under section 12(2) of the mental health act (1983) as having had special experience in the assessment and management of psychiatric disorders and I have experience in preparing medicolegal reports based on patient interviews, examination and review of notes since 2005. I have been instructed by solicitors and insurance companies to prepare reports on a variety of cases including fitness to plead and stand trial, insanity defence, custody matters, employment issues, personal injury claims, other insurance claims, negligence and critical injury claims. I have been instructed by claimants, defendants and jointly and am experienced in giving evidence in court.
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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Professor Shanaya Rathod at Spire include:

Psychiatry

Other treatments

General adult and old age psychiatry

Treatment for: 

  • Alcohol and substance misuse
  • Anxiety and adjustment disorders
  • Behaviour management and personality disorders
  • Bereavement management
  • Bipolar affective disorder
  • Chronic pain
  • Coping problems and work related stress
  • Depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Perinatal problems
  • Phobias
  • Stress through relationship problems
  • Trauma and post-traumatic stress disorders

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Additional information

Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

Royal College of Psychiatrists

British Medical Association

Medical Protection Society

Current NHS posts

NHS Consultant Psychiatrist and Director of Research with Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Science, University of Portsmouth.

Personal profile

I am a psychiatrist in Southampton, Basingstoke and Winchester with expertise in a wide range of mental health issues and medico-legal reports. 

Contact information

Website https://wessexpsychiatrist.com/
Private secretary Yvonne Keating
Private secretary email enquiries@wessexpsychiatrist.com