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Dr Frankie Connell

Consultant Psychiatrist


Practices at: BMI The London Independent Hospital

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Dr Frankie Connell trained in Medicine and Psychiatry in London. She became a fulltime Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry and HIV Liaison in 2001, spending her entire NHS career working for East London NHS Foundation Trust. She has had extensive experience in managing a wide range of psychiatric difficulties, from anxiety, phobias and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) to chronic and enduring illness, notably major depressive disorder, bipolar affective disorder and paranoid schizophrenia. Whilst working for the NHS she developed special expertise in managing mental health difficulties associated with physical illness, especially HIV. She has worked in an outpatient, inpatient setting and A/E setting. She is skilled in working with interpreters and advocates, having worked entirely in East London. After retiring from the NHS in 2017 to focus on her private career, she has developed a specific interest and expertise in Addiction Psychiatry, ADHD/ADD and OCD.

Dr Connell is in the specialist register as a General Adult Psychiatrist and has a Liaison endorsement.

She works holistically and collaboratively with patients and has always been very interested in the transcultural aspects of mental health. She believes that giving ample consideration to the cultural and spiritual aspects of a person is essential to achieving recovery and maintaining recovery.

Dr Connell has a strong interest in mindfulness and meditation and the positive impact that this has on managing stress, mental health problems and pain. She has her own daily meditation practice.

Outside of work, Dr Connell is very passionate about fitness and exercise and considers this very important in terms of achieving and maintaining good mental health. She also has an enduring love of punk and rock music, vintage fashion and design.

Clinical Interests

  • Schizophrenia and psychosis

  • Mood disorders

  • Stress and anxiety-related disorders

  • Psychiatric complications of HIV/AIDS-depression, anxiety, adjustment reactions

  • HIV-related brain involvement: mania, psychosis, encephalopathy, PML etc.

  • Mindfulness in prevention of relapse of depression and anxiety disorders

Professional Membership

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

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