Dr Alan Ogilvie

Consultant Psychiatrist, Oxford and London

Specialty: Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Schizophrenia, Psychotic Illness, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), General Psychiatry, Anxiety Disorders, Private Consultant Psychiatrist, Oxford, National econsutation

  • Consultant Psychiatrist: June 1998 – present
  • Academic training and experience in Edinburgh, Cambridge and Oxford
  • Flexible and innovative approach with rich experience
  • Focus on excellent clinical care experience for patients and International outlook
  • strong belief in the importance of the sense of “feeling understood and making a human connection” at an interpersonal level for an optimal therapeutic outcome.

Biopsychosocial approach to psychiatric practice and mental health with a strong academic training in biopsychiatry and psychopharmacology, combined with a balanced integration of evidence based psychological approaches.

At a most fundamental level, as well as providing care based on up-to-date evidence-based lines, I have a strong belief in the importance of the sense of “feeling understood and making a human connection” at an interpersonal level for an optimal therapeutic outcome.


Alan has published more than 33 articles in the field largely on mood disorders, bipolar disorder and depression, his work being cited in more than 2800 publications and one of his papers having received more than 600 scientific citations alone.

A list of his publications can be viewed here.




Clinical Areas: Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, all Adult Mental Health.

His abbreviated curriculum vitae can be seen here

Locations: Oxford, London and nationally, via video consultation.


Alan is a Psychiatrist who trained in Edinburgh and Cambridge, including with the Medical Research Council and University of Cambridge. He lives in Oxford, UK where he has worked as a clinician and researcher at Oxford University.

He has extensive experience ranging from  working with students and staff in academic environments to  groups as varied as the homeless in Oxford and London and immigrant groups with high rates fo Post Traumatic Stress Disorder . He has worked Student Health Services at Edinburgh University, and subsequently with students and staff at the University of Cambridge and University of Oxford. He has a longstanding interest in international student issues and was involved setting up an Overseas Student Welcome Scheme with the UK Government organisation, the British Council. He has wide experience of multicultural mental health care within academic and general mental health settings.

Alan has wide experience of adult general psychiatry in a variety of settings, having had input at NHS consultant level to general practices, covering first Cambridge, and most recently, central Oxford and much of the University for a number of years. He also worked in a rural area of the West Highlands of Scotland for two years, and since moving back to Oxford in 2016 has experience of working in several NHS Trusts and private providers in the south of England.

He has a special interest and expertise is in the understanding and treatment of bipolar disorders and has been involved in the care of many hundreds of people with this condition, including a period being responsible for running a specialist treatment unit in Cambridge for treatment resistant bipolar disorder and depression. He has conducted research in this area, and published numerous articles.

Alan has been a clinical expert adviser to the UK National Library for Health Mental Health Specialist Library and has taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Edinburgh. He has appeared on the BBC and independent broadcast media relating to his work to do with both bipolar disorder and genetic susceptibility to mood disorders as well as medical ethics. Alan also has worked with homeless and refugee populations in London and Oxford with high rates of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Alan was involved as founding director of Equilibrium -the Bipolar Foundation which launched in 2003 as an NGO spin-out from work he conducted in the Department of Psychiatry, at the University of Oxford. This organisation had a membership network of almost 4000 and contacts from more than 167 countries, and the actor Stephen Fry was its international ambassador.  Between 2007 and 2014 Alan was working part time with Equilibrium -the Bipolar Foundation whilst undertaking his clinical work as a Consultant Psychiatrist.

Alan has experience of private practice in Psychiatry in Oxford and London over a number of years, having had admission rights to the Capio Nightingale Hospital in Marylebone, where he also undertook outpatient consultations, including with patients coming from overseas, particularly from the Middle East.

Alan is currently based in Oxford and is involved in providing consultant services to the NHS and to the private sector, including students, He has gained excellent experience of remote working using video and telepsychiatry. 

A Patient’s Experience: 

 When I had my first appointment with Dr Ogilvie I was in an utterly shambolic state. It followed my fourth severe manic episode and I was experiencing tail end mania, severe depression, chronically painful anxiety and PTSD. From the outset his skill and expertise was evident. His immediate medication intervention recognising, which was news to me, that bi-polar patients suffer specific individual conditions both in the nature, extent and symptoms provided me with an individual treatment plan. As critically from the first appointment and throughout my treatment has been his obvious empathy and support at and between appointments.

He has enabled me to recover far more quickly than had previously been the case following earlier manic episodes which had caused similar symptoms. I believe this recovery was helped as he had a universal awareness of new and developing treatment options which I agreed to follow because I trusted Dr Ogilvie’s opinion. Throughout my treatment he immediately recognised and treated the twisting symptoms my individual condition caused.

I am sure had I not received the skilled and empathetic treatment I did from Dr Ogilvie the suicidal thoughts and despair I experienced at times in the early days there could well have been a wholly different outcome. Now apart from obviously having to follow my medication regime I no longer feel haunted by having bi-polar as had previously been the case and for periods even forget that I have the condition. I believe is because Dr Ogilvie has made me feel safe and secure.” Anonymous


Sky News Video Interview: http://alanogilvie.org/2011/05/06/sky-video-arrives

Web www.alanogilvie.com

Email: alanogilvie@me.com

Phone: +44    01865 684006


Alan will be consulting from the newly founded Oxford Bipolar Clinic, and due to COVID remote working practices, will initially be able to offer video consultation from December 2020 onwards.


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