Dr Uma Ruppa Geethanath

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

MBBS, MPRCPsychiatry, PgC Healthcare Leadership

"I thoroughly enjoy working in Spire Hospitals as they have fantastic facilities, committed staff and a great team to work with."

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I have been working as a NHS Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Sunderland and South Tyneside for more than 10 years - since December 2008. I am Lead Consultant and Assistant Medical Director for the CYPS (Children and Young peoples' services) based in Monkwearmouth Hospital. I have thus developed a sound understanding of the challenges in this region and strong working relationships with the relevant agencies in paediatrics and education. I have also been managing a large clinical caseload very effectively and become highly experienced in diagnostics and management of a wide range of mental health issues in children and young people.

I specialise in assessment and management of ASD (Autism Spectrum disorders ), ADHD, tics and tourettes syndrome and associated difficulties. I also provide holistic assessment and treatments including medication and therapeutic input for a range of psychiatric conditions presenting in children and young people including depression, anxiety, OCD , eating disorders, bipolar disorder and psychoses, as well as emotional adjustment issues.

I have been practicing in the UK in the NHS since 2001, and over this period I have worked in general adult and old age community and inpatient services and in child and adolescent psychiatry for the last 15 years. On average I have 25 psychiatric appointments as well as 3-5 diagnostic case discussions a week through my NHS work. I also provide emergency psychiatry input on the on call rota and do mental health act assessments to organise psychiatric admissions when necessary. I also provide clinical supervision to my consultant and junior doctors as well as nurses in the team.

I am Assistant Medical Director for NHS Community Mental Services in NTW Trust in Sunderland and South Tyneside. I am also on the medicines optimisation committee, and the CYPS strategic clinical network. I am an appraiser for my medical colleagues in the NTW Trust.

I am the Educational and Clinical Supervisor for junior doctors in the team. In addition to my clinical work, I have been appointed Medical Staff Governor for NTW Board of Governors. I am also a Specialist Advisor for the CQC (Care Quality Commission).


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Uma Ruppa Geethanath at Spire include:


Other treatments


Movement disorders 


Child psychiatry

Post natal depression 

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Additional information

MBBS / Stanley Medical College, Dr M.G. R Medical University, Chennai, India / 1997
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
I am a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. I have passed my MRCPsychiatry exams in U.K. 2003. I also have a CCT (Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training) in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Professional memberships

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Professional leadership

Assistant Medical Director for Community Mental health Services in the South Community Business Unit in NTW Trust.

I have a special interest in neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism; ADHD, tics and tourettes syndrome. I am a full time clinician but try and present or publish some important ideas and findings where possible. My book "Tourette’s Syndrome in Children and Young People: A case series" was published in 2017.

My poster on "Tourette’s Syndrome Case series" was awarded poster prize in the NTW Neuropsychiatry Conference in November 2015. It was also presented in the World Tourettes Congress in London in June 2015. My poster entitled "Sunderland Tier 3 CAMHS and Paediatrics combined Neurodevelopmental Pathway" was presented in the Royal College of Psychiatrists International Congress in Edinburgh in June 2017.

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
CYPS (Children and Young peoples' Service), Monkwearmouth Hospital, Sunderland. (NTW Trust)

I am a mother of two lovely sons. I enjoy spending my spare time with my boys and my husband, listening and teaching music, playing badminton, reading and travelling.

I do not hold any financial interests or shares in the Spire Hospital or Spire Healthcare.