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Dr Alastair Santhouse

Job title Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychological Medicine

Area of expertise

  • Medically unexplained/persistent physical symptoms
  • General hospital psychiatry
  • Transplantation psychiatry
  • Psychiatry of Huntington's disease
  • Psychiatry of neurofibromatosis
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome


Dr Santhouse studied medicine at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, before completing clinical training at Guy’s Hospital, London. After qualification, he undertook training in internal medicine, gaining membership of the Royal College of Physicians. He entered psychiatry training at the Maudsley Hospital in 1996, and has worked there ever since. He was appointed Consultant Psychiatrist in 2003, with a post split between liaison psychiatry at Guy’s Hospital and the Persistent Physical Symptoms Unit at the Maudsley. He is Past President of the psychiatry council at the Royal Society of Medicine, and former Vice Chair of the Faculty of Liaison Psychiatry at the Royal College of Psychiatrists. 

Education and training

  • MB, B.Chir, Cambridge University 1992
  • MA Cambridge University 1993
  • Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) 1995
  • Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych) 1998
  • Fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (FRCPsych) 2014
  • Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) 2016


Subotsky, F., Santhouse, A. Clinical Audit of Accident and Emergency Presentation and Paediatric Admission of Children who Misuse Drugs and Alcohol. In Focus on Clinical Audit in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, (1998) pp36-39. Royal College of Psychiatrists, London. Eds Hardman, E. and Joughin, C. 

Santhouse, A.M., Holloway, F. The Physical Health of Patients in Continuing Care. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment (1999), vol 5, 455-462 

Subotsky, F. and Santhouse, A. Risky Presentations: an audit of accident and emergency presentations of older children. Psychiatric Bulletin 2000, 24(4), 137-139 

Santhouse, A.M., Howard, R.J, ffytche, D. Visual hallucinatory syndromes and the anatomy of the visual brain. Brain 2000, 123: 2055-2064 

Allin, M., Matsumoto, H., Santhouse, A.M, Nosarti, C., AlAsady, M., Stewart, A., Rifkin, L. and Murray, R. Cognitive and motor function and the size of the cerebellum in adolescents born very preterm. Brain 2001, 124: 60-66 

Santhouse, A.M., ffytche, D.H., Howard, R. J., Williams, S., Rifkin. L., Murray R. M. 2002. Functional imaging of the mechanisms underlying the bilateral field advantage. Neuroimage 2002, vol. 17, 680-687 

Santhouse, A.M., ffytche, D.H., Howard, R. J., Williams, S., Stewart, A.L., Rooney, M., Wyatt, J.S., Rifkin, L., Murray, R. M. 2002. The functional significance of perinatal corpus callosum damage: an fMRI study in young adults. Brain 2002, 125: 1782-1792 

Santhouse, A.M. The Ten Commandments on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Doctor 2004 

Sauer, J., Hodges, B., Santhouse, A., Blackwood, N. The OSCE has landed; one small step for British Psychiatry? Academic Psychiatry 2005, 29: 310-315 

Santhouse, A.M. Fatigue as a window to the brain. Psychological Medicine, 2005, 35: 1840 

Santhouse, A. Personal view. 2008 BMJ 337:a2262 

Okon-Rocha, E., and Santhouse, A. 2008. 10 things about psychiatry that all GPs and hospital doctors should know. Medicine 36(9) 505-6 

Santhouse, A.M 2009 Review: CBT reduces fatigue in adults with chronic fatigue syndrome but effects at follow-up unclear. Evid Based Mental Health 12:16 

Santhouse A.M. 2010 Editorial: raising Awareness: mental health and renal patients. JRN 2(4) 161 

Santhouse, A., Hotopf, M., David, A.S. 2010 Editorial: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome BMJ 340:c738 

Santhouse A.M. Heeding lessons from Shipman BMJ 2010; 341:c6506 

Santhouse, A. Medically Unexplained Symptoms Pulse 2011 71 (16) 13-15 

Santhouse A.M. Acknowledge good intentions of researchers in CFS/ME 
BMJ 2011; 343:d4550 

Nadkarni, A and Santhouse, A. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM): A Culture Bound Syndrome? Asian Journal Of Psychiatry 2012 5:118-9 

Nadkarni, A, Schartau, P, Burnapp, L and Santhouse, A. 2012 A Five Year Experience of Assessing Potential Non Directed Altruistic Kidney Donors: An Audit of Case British Journal of Renal Medicine 2012 12(2):19-23 

Perry SE, Santhouse AM, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Medicine (2012) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mpmed.2012.09.018 

Burnside A, Santhouse AM, Ten things all GPs and hospital doctors should know about psychiatry, Medicine (2012), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mpmed.2012.09.013 

Santhouse, A. 2013 Key Questions on CFS, Pulse http://www.pulse-learning.co.uk/clinical-modules/mental-health/key-questions-on-cfs 

Maple, H., Chilcot, J., Burnapp, L., Gibbs, P., Santhouse, A., Norton, S., Weinman, J., Mamode, N. 2014 Motivations, Outcomes and Characteristics of Unspecified (Non-Directed Altruistic) Kidney Donors in the United Kingdom. Transplantation 2014 Dec 15;98(11):1182-9 

Burnside A, Santhouse AM, Ten things all GPs and hospital doctors should know about psychiatry, Medicine (2016), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mpmed.2016.09.014 

Perry SE, Santhouse AM, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Medicine (2016), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mpmed.2016.09.015 

James Adamson, Sheila Ali, Alastair Santhouse, Simon Wessely, Trudie Chalder, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for chronic fatigue and CFS: outcomes from a specialist clinic in the UK (2020) Submitted to RSM

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