As an adolescent psychiatrist, Dr Hugo believes strongly in the importance of engaging young people, encouraging their voice whilst supporting parents to develop the understanding and skills to help their children. In ensuring a holistic approach she also believes in working with the wider multi-disciplinary team, and if necessary schools, to address all aspects of a young person’s social, emotional and physical development.
Dr Hugo is on the specialist register of The General Medical Council with accreditation in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Prior to her psychiatric training, she worked in paediatrics and as a clinical lecturer in eating disorders at St George’s Hospital Medical School.
Her first consultant role was in the NHS, as a Consultant Adolescent Psychiatrist for South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust for 14 years. Here she developed the national inpatient unit for adolescents with complex eating problems. In 2015, Dr Hugo was appointed as Clinical Director for Eating Disorders for the Priory Group and Clinical Lead for the adolescent unit at Roehampton Priory where she continues to treat inpatients with eating disorders.
Throughout her career, Dr Hugo has been heavily involved in teaching and the supervision of nursing, psychology and medical students, and psychiatric trainees. She has engaged in research in eating disorders and presented at both international and national settings including regularly to GPs and schools.
Nationally, Dr Hugo has sat on various committees setting standards and planning models of care for adolescents with eating disorders in the UK. These have included:
- Member of the NICE Guideline Development Group on Eating Disorders 2004
- Vice-Chair on the Eating Disorder Faculty Committee for The Royal College Psychiatrists 2011-2015
- Member of the Children & Young People Mental Health Strategic Leadership Group for London