Dr. Najem Al-Falahe Medical Director Lead Consultant
Dr Al-Falahe has extensive experience in basic research, applied research and four clinical settings in medicine: family medicine, neurology, neurophysiology and psychiatry. He is an expert in the impact of human behaviour on changes in brain activity.
His PhD research thesis was to understand changes in human brain activity during a learning process. The work was published in international scientific journals, such as: “The Brain”, “Journal of Physiology” and “Acta Physiologica Scandinavica”.
Patients from different cultural backgrounds demonstrate a wide range of behaviours and values. Working in several different countries has allowed Dr. Al-Falahe to broaden his skills, knowledge and perspective, enabling him to help the patient achieve the best possible recovery. As lead consultant for a multidisciplinary team he emphasizes the importance of multidisciplinary teamwork in providing the most effective treatment and management plan for the patient’s recovery.
Dr Al-Falahe works as a lead consultant in Addiction and General Psychiatry at the Priory Hospital Roehampton and Capio Nightingale Hospital, London UK. His main area of interest is Mood Disorders and Addiction. He worked as a consultant psychiatrist at St Georges University Hospital, London, Huddinge University Hospital (The Nobel Institute), Stockholm and honorary consultant at the Department of Psychiatry, Oxford University, Oxford.
Dr Al-Falahe’s Achievements
UK Chief investigator for the BRIDGE screening programme. The purpose of this study was to screen patients with depression who might suffer from concealed Bipolar illnesses. 5564 patients were screened world wide. This study will have an impact on the future definition and diagnosis of the Bipolar Affective Spectrum.
Since 2010, Dr Al-Falahe started giving annual seminars to improve the care for Arabic Patients in the UK. These are held at the Ritz Hotel, London.
Dr Al-Falahe is the founder of the Innovative Care Program For Arabic Patients: Innovative Care (iCare) is an intensive day programme that is tailor made for patients suffering from psychiatric disorders and Addiction. The programme focuses on key modules that impact on individual wellbeing, family relationships, religious beliefs, medication, education, hobbies, friendship, exercise, nutrition and future plans. Both religion and family-life play an essential role within the Arabic culture and are an important part of the iCare treatment process. In order to provide effective treatment, iCare acknowledges that the modules interact with one another. Their significance is recognised and each one is given the required attention. The iCare programme has been held in high regard by a patient’s family, who stated: “Before our son came into your care we did not think treatment was possible, as the outcomes of previous treatment were unsuccessful. The team demonstrated total understanding and commitment towards his individual situation and family. Furthermore, we greatly appreciate the flexibility by you and your team who worked around the clock to conduct the treatment programme.”
Consultant at a world-leading centre for Bipolar Affective Disorders. The centre research program is part of the research program of the Nobel institute. The centre has a capacity of 1200 outpatients with inpatient facilities addressing the need of the bipolar patients during crisis and recovery.
Conducted several international studies to find the optimum treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Bipolar Affective Disorders. The results of these studies were presented at international psychiatric conferences.
Established a laboratory where human movements were studied in 3D (three dimensions). This helped to understand the pain of whiplash patients. The head and jaw movement coordination was also studied. The results of these studies were published in the international scientific journal: “NeuroImage”
Established a centre to study the socio-psychological impact of immigration on individuals immigrating to Sweden. The centre developed treatment programs for patients who had suffered from stress and Post Traumatic Stress Disorders. The treatment programs involved: behaviour therapy, art therapy and medications. The results of the treatment programs were published in the scientific journal: “Stress Research Report”
Founder of “ILIS: Internationella Läkare I Sverige” (translated: International Doctors In Sweden) and chairman for the first three years of its foundation.
Was awarded a prize in 2005 by “ILIS” and the Swedish Medical Association for his work in helping overseas doctors integrate into the Swedish health system.
Collaborated with the Swedish medical association and the Swedish Society of Medicine to establish a system to help overseas doctors integrate into the Swedish health system. This led to the establishment of 5 institutes at 5 Swedish universities, where hundreds of overseas doctors were trained.