Psychological Medicine

The Psychological Medicine CAG delivers world class specialist services in eating disorders, mother and baby, psychosexual, neuropsychiatry, memory disorders and HIV in the context of mental health. 

Our CAG provides a front end crisis function and tertiary Psych Med specialist services, with a focus on physical and psychological care at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

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Our complex care pathways include mother and baby/perinatal services; chronic fatigue service; psychosexual and relationship service; neuropsychiatry service; and CASCAID: mental health and HIV service. Our crisis care pathways include mental health liaison; triage; and our home treatment team service.

We have academic and clinical staff working within King’s College London, King’s College Hospital and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital.

An advisory group of service users and carers works alongside the management of our CAG. It is a pool of 13 people, all with direct experience of using mental health services or of caring for someone.


Our CAG plays a central role in the teaching and education within King’s Health Partners, with undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. We have a large number of staff contributing to the general psychiatric postgraduate teaching programme. We hosted a Deanery awarded Fellowship in Medical Education (FME).

The CAG has a Nursing Council which has been established in partnership with the Mood, Anxiety and Personality Disorder CAG. The Nursing Council provides an opportunity for nurses across all grades – both qualified and unqualified for reflection, consultation, development and sharing of good practice on clinical, professional, educational and research based issues to support excellence in mental health nursing practice. The overall purpose is for the direct benefit to our patients and nursing staff within the CAG.

Key education achievements include:

  • Mental health awareness training provided at King's College Hospital by the Psychiatric Liaison Nurse (PLN) team.


Our senior academics have specific research interests in the field of epidemiology, medically unexplained symptoms, neurology and long term conditions clinical pathways. Our academic portfolio includes basic research into psychological and social processes, including epidemiology and health psychology, as well as biological approaches.

Our Clinical Academic Group has a major focus on delivering research and clinical care across mental and physical health, and is world class in research and clinical provision for eating disorders and chronic fatigue.
Dr Ranga Rao - CAG Leader

Psychological Medicine Clinical Academic Group Leaders

Dr Ranga Rao

Prof Matthew Hotopf (interim), Director of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust National Institute of Health Research Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) and Professor of General Hospital Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London