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Dr James Woolley studied at St Mary's Hospital Medical School, Imperial College London. He had more psychiatric experience in Australia, then gained a further degree in psychology at University College London.

He went on to train in general and specialist London teaching hospitals. He gained his higher postgraduate qualification in general medicine (MRCP) before specialising in psychiatry. He trained at the Maudsley Hospital, London before gaining further specialist postgraduate qualifications (MRCPsych, PgDip [CBT]).

He has over ten years experience in community and psychiatric hospitals. He also has experience doing psychological medicine in large medical and surgical general hospitals.

Areas of expertise

Dr Woolley is a consultant psychiatrist in psychological medicine at the Trust.

He has expertise in diagnosing and assessing conditions, treating them with medication or psychological therapy.

His areas of expertise include:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • the interaction between physical and psychological conditions
  • post-traumatic stress disorder
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • psychosis
  • delirium
  • bipolar disorder
  • substance misuse (including alcohol). 


Dr Woolley has won several awards such as: 

  • 'Innovation and vision' - UK government Cabinet Office

  • team member of 'Hospital Doctor of the Year' award

  • young scientist award for international research into psychosis

  • BUPA Foundation national award winner out of all clinical specialities for clinical excellence (presented by Professor Sir Ara Darzi).


Dr Woolley has a large number of publications in peer-reviewed journals. He also collaborated with the Institute of Psychiatry and Maudsley Hospital, London.