GMC No. 3308505

Dr Hugo de Waal

Consultant Psychiatrist

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Dr Hugo de Waal

MD, Free University of Amsterdam, 1989
Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych), London 1993
Fellow Higher Education Academy (FHEA), London, 2006
Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (FRCPsych), London 2008
Specialist Register of the General Medical Council (no 3308505)
Approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act (1983)
Approved Clinician, Mental Capacity Act
Consultant Psychiatrist Registered on the Specialist Register with the Irish Medical Council, registration no 509259.
Dr Hugo De Waal can see patients based both in the UK and Ireland.

Dr Hugo de Waal

Dr Hugo De Waal can assess patients based in the UK and Ireland, patients based in Ireland wishing to book an appointment with Dr De Waal should call our practice.

Dr Hugo de Waal is one of the most senior psychiatrists working in the UK, recognised as one of the Top Recommended Psychiatrists under Spear’s 500 publication.

Every clinician that works under Berkeley Psychiatrists have been selected personally by Dr de Waal.

Having passed the membership examination of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1993, I was elected a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) and started my senior specialist training. I became a consultant in psychiatry in 1998 having concluded my senior specialist training in June 1997. In 2008 I was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College. The Fellowship is awarded as a mark of distinction and in recognition of contributions to psychiatry in:

  • Setting standards and promoting excellence in mental health care.
  • Leading, representing and supporting psychiatrists.
  • Working with patients, carers and their organisations.

As a Consultant I led a comprehensive psychiatric community team in North Norfolk from February 1998. In April 2009 I took on an extra role and became Lead Clinician for all psychiatric services in North Norfolk and I continued in that role until May 2012. In March 2013 I took responsibility for the newly opened Dementia Care Academy at Hammerton Court in the Julian Hospital in Norwich. I was instrumental in presenting the clinical case for this multi-million pound development, at that time the largest single investment into dementia care in the UK. It combined inpatient care for people with severe dementia with education and research, collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders, patients and carers.

In 2013 I was approached by the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust to evaluate its community services and explore how the services could be improved. In the same year, I was appointed as the Clinical Director for Dementia at the South London Health Innovation Network (the HIN). The HIN is one of 14 Academic Health Sciences Networks in the UK (the AHSNs). The AHSNs were set up to identify innovations in health care, support and foster their development and disseminate successful initiatives across the NHS and other care providers.

I was a Senior Lecturer at the Medical School of the University of East Anglia from October 2003 until May 2016. I taught medical students in lectures and seminars, focusing on medical ethics and selected psychiatric topics.

In December 2007 I was appointed Associate Dean for Psychiatry in Cambridge (the ‘Eastern Deanery’) and became Head of the Postgraduate School in Psychiatry (the 4th largest postgraduate school of psychiatry in the UK), taking responsibility of the postgraduate psychiatric training of around 280 trainees at any point in time, dispersed across 7 Mental Health Trusts and covering around 15% of the country. Nationally I was involved in the design of trainee appraisal systems to monitor trainees’ progress.

In 2008 I was elected as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. The Fellowship is awarded in recognition of a proven track record in professional education and training.

I have been a member of the Education Section of the World Psychiatric Association since 2008.

Dr de Waal has been featured on TalkTV with Trisha Goddard.


Investigation of factors of suicide using Coroner's data in Norfolk

S. Prabhakaran, de Waal HE

Poster presentation 'Scientific Conference of the UK Mental Health Research Network', Newcastle, 18/19th January 2007

An unrecognised case of withdrawal neuroleptic malignant syndrome: a case report

Ball H, de Waal HE, Craig K

Med Sci Law 2009; Oct: 49(4):298-300

Two years after introduction, trainees remain unconvinced about WPBA’s and ARCP’s

Kolli VG, de Waal HE, Shivashankar S, Rubinsztein J

The Psychiatrist, 2010 March; 34(3): 114

Survey of Psychotherapy competencies in psychiatric trainees in the UK

Shameel Khan M, Denman F, de Waal HE

Poster presentation The Royal College of Psychiatrists, Eastern division, Spring academic

meeting, May 2010, Abstract book, 31

The psychiatric profession: an expertise under siege?

de Waal HE, Malik A, Bhugra D

Int J Soc Psychiatry Nov 2010; vol 56 no 6: 647-56

Education in Old Age Psychiatry, recent and future developments

de Waal, Hugo

In: Principles and Practice of Geriatric Psychiatry, Ch 140; 860-3

M. Abou-Saleh, C. Katona et al. (eds)

London (2010), Wiley

Problem Based Learning and Psychiatric Education

Badrakalimuthu RV, van Diest R, Bak M, de Waal HE

In: Teaching in Psychiatry: Putting Theory into Practice, Ch 6; 61-77

L Gask et al. (eds)

London (2010), Wiley

CPD-online module – dec 2010

Learner-centred teaching: Part 1 – modifying the current approach

Badrakalimuthu RV, de Waal HE

(access via: )

CPD-online module – dec 2010

Learner-centred teaching: Part 2 – problem-based learning

Badrakalimuthu RV, de Waal HE

(access via:

What do Psychiatrists in the Eastern Region think of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Girling, D., de Waal HE

Psychiatr-East. The Eastern Division e-Newsletter. Winter 2010 Issue 2. 3-5

EEG in psychiatric practice: to do or not to do?

Badrakalimuthu RV, Swamiraju R, de Waal HE

Adv Psychiatr Treat 2011; 17: 114-21

Response to: ‘Withdrawal neuroleptic malignant syndrome’: a phantom explanatory cause for a fatality

Ball H, de Waal HE

Med Sci Law 2011; 00: 1

Designing and delivering dementia services

H de Waal, Constantine Lyketsos, David Ames, John O’Brien (eds)

London (2013), Wiley Blackwell

Leadership and Clinician Engagement in Service Development

de Waal HE

In: Leadership in Psychiatry, Ch 6; 74-89

Bhugra D, Ruiz P, Gupta S (eds)

London (2013), Wiley

Rethinking dementia: how autonomy and control can be fostered through the development of person centred services

de Waal HE

Working with Older People 2014, Vol. 18 Iss: 2, pp.82 – 89

Individual Cognitive Stimulation Therapy for dementia: a clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness pragmatic, multicentre, randomised controlled trial

Orgeta V, Leung P, Yates L, Kang S, Hoare Z, Henderson C, Whitaker C, Burns A, Knapp M, Leroi I, Moniz-ook ED, Pearson S, Simpson S, Spector A, Roberts S, Russell IT, de Waal HE, Woods RT, Orrell M

Quantifying the benefits of peer support for people with dementia: a Social Return on Investment (SROI) study

Willis E, Semple AC, de Waal HE

Dementia March 2016

DeAR-GP aids referrals: Dementia case-finding tool helps to reduce the number of undiagnosed cases and implement proper care planning

de Waal HE, Jackson A

Nursing older people May 2016; 28(5):11-11. DOI:10.7748/nop.28.5.11.s13

Integration of a digital platform for post-diagnostic support with urgent and emergency services

de Waal HE, Peerbhai C, Grootoonk S, Mcleish K

Poster P04.11, Alz Europe Conf., Copenhagen, Oct 2016

Person-centred support planning: the London experience

Mukherjee S, de Waal HE, Harwood D

Poster P03.20, Alz Europe Conf, Copenhagen, Oct 2016

Hobbies & Interests
I was delighted to speak to Dr Hugo de Waal for help with my ADHD and ASD assessment. Hugo was highly professional from start to finish (as were his admin team supporting him); and I am left feeling very happy and confident about my assessment and treatment plans. I also love the way they post all the materials to an online hub where you can easily access them rather than digging through past emails.
I was recently assess for ADHD by Dr De Waal. I was quite anxious going into my assessment, however Dr De Waal was incredibly reassuring. His knowledge and experience was remarkable and he helped me understand so much about by condition. Outside of the assessment itself, the staff at Berkeley have been kind a prompt throughout the process. I am now going through a titration period and feel very supported by the practice during this phase. I can't recommend Berkeley Psychiatrists enough for anyone looking for an assessment.
Laura Steele
Dr Hugo De Waal was a kind , knowledgeable, patient , understanding Doctor and I felt in very safe hands with him regarding my ADHD & autism diagnosis. I have recommended him to everyone that may need guidance and support in my Neuro divergent world
Ruth Bannister
Dr de Waal has been looking after us for a while now and I have never met a more caring and understanding medical professional in my life. It is not cheap but for me and my son it has been worth it.
Alan L.
I consulted with them for an Adult ASD assessment and was seen by Dr Hugo De Waal who right from the outset put me at ease. He took the time to listen and was reassuring, diligent and constructive with everything he did. He explained every part of the process and what all aspects meant as well as ensuring that I had the right type of support around the diagnosis.
Aisling I
I was recently assess for ADHD by Dr De Waal. I was quite anxious going into my assessment, however Dr De Waal was incredibly reassuring. His knowledge and experience was remarkable and he helped me understand so much about by condition.
Laura Steele