Special clinical interests: Eating Disorders including Anorexia nervosa, Bulimia nervosa and ARFID (avoidant and restrictive food intake disorders), Anxiety and Depression in children and adolescents, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Dr Irene Yi
Children, adolescents & families
Irene completed her medical degree at the institute of Medicine (Rangoon) before moving to Hong Kong in 1977 and then to the UK in 1980. She completed her postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Medicine and the Diploma in Medical Jurisprudence in the UK. She started work as a Community Paediatrician Surrey, and was instrumental in bridging the collaborative working of paediatricians and child psychiatrists. She was a member of the focus group in developing specialist services for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in the early 2000s. Irene has continued with her training on Eating Disorders – in family based approaches (the Maudsley Multi-family Group and Family Based Treatment).
Clinical services personally offered include:
Psychiatric assessment and diagnosis for general child and adolescent mental health difficulties including anxiety depression, obsessional and compulsive disorders.
Out-patient treatment of anorexia nervosa (and bulimia nervosa) including psychiatric and medical monitoring. liaison with paediatricians where appropriate, psycho-education and support and guidance for parents. Parent psycho-education groups will be considered depending on the patient numbers.
Advice and supervision of appropriate psychotropic medication.
Therapeutic interventions with individuals, parents and families based on psychodynamic (adolescent-orientated), cognitive and behaviourally informed therapy methods.
Research Interests: Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents. Irene has been involved in national and international (multi-centre) research projects for Early Onset Eating Disorders. Adolescent Anorexia nervosa and Adolescent Bulimia nervosa. Irene is currently a co-author and publishing a manual (for professionals) for a parent’s Psycho-education group for children and adolescents with Eating Disorders (anorexia and bulimia).
Current NHS and/or university posts: Irene has been a NHS consultant in child and adolescent psychiatry in Surrey (and previously North East Hampshire) since 1997. She developed one of the first community specialist eating disorders services for children and adolescents in the country, initially in West Surrey and NE Hampshire and then expanded this through the whole of the county of Surrey. Irene will be retiring from her NHS post at the end of June 2015.
Year of first medical qualification: 1974
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies: Affiliate member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, co-opted member of the Eating Disorder Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (currently the academic secretary).