During the Holiday period, the clinic will be closed from 6pm on Friday 22nd December – 9am on Wednesday 27th December. The clinic will be operating on a reduced service from 9am-5pm on 27th, 28th and 29th December. We will reopen our full service from 8am on Tuesday 2nd January. If you or a loved one are in crisis and need immediate assistance, please view our Crisis Information

A private London clinic integrating psychiatry and psychology

Consultant Psychiatrists

Dr Ruth Cairns
BSc (Hons), MBBS, MRCPsych, CCT General Adult and Old Age Psychiatry


Dr Cairns is a good listener and communicator and very empathetic to her patient. She is so experienced and skillful. She helped my father enormously recover from his depression. We believe her medical expertise is the best.

Verified Patient, October 2022

Excellent service from both Dr Ruth Cairns and Theresa in Typing and Records. Thank you so much.

Verified Patient, February 2021

Dr Ruth Cairns is a consultant psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. She has nineteen years experience as a psychiatrist, nine at consultant level, and is trained as a consultant in both general adult and old age psychiatry. She specialises in working with older adults and is experienced in the assessment and management of common and severe mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, bipolar disorder, psychosis, memory problems and dementia, including complex presentations of dementia. Her consultant experience is in community, inpatient and outpatient settings.

Dr Cairns completed her training at the Maudsley Hospital and is now the Training Programme Director for Old Age Psychiatry at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. She is an approved clinical supervisor for junior psychiatrists and arranges regular Academic Meetings for consultants and senior trainees in Old Age Psychiatry.

Dr Cairns has considerable experience in research and academic work. She was appointed to the Chadburn Clinical Lecturer Post in Liaison Psychiatry in 2008–2010. Her research interests are Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty and she has had a number of publications in peer-reviewed journals. She remains engaged in this field of research. She is also a member of the Mental Capacity Act Committee at the Maudsley Hospital and is very experienced in assessment of mental capacity in clinical practice.

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