Dr Franciske Evans

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist MBChB, MRCPsych

After qualifying as a doctor, my career took me to Namibia where I did my first internship in Orthopaedics and Ophthalmology. I was thrown in at the deep end by this very formative and unique first job experience as I was working in the only hospital in a very large country. Subsequently, training in paediatrics at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh, specifically neonatology and oncology, inspired my training in psychiatry through observing what children and families were going through and the complexity of emotion in family systems. I was inspired by the power that comes from being listened to and understood and also the evident benefits of psychological interventions. Basic psychiatry training on the South East Scotland Training scheme gave me a proficient grounding in adult psychiatry. However, I went on to receive specialist training in child and adolescent psychiatry on the South East Scotland Higher training scheme where I gained my CCT. I have been on the Specialist register as a child and adolescent psychiatrist since 2013. 

Having now worked in psychiatry since 2000, I have extensive experience working as a consultant psychiatrist in both NHS CAMHS and early intervention services into young adulthood as well as private practice. In my private practice role I have developed a strong interest in working with children, adolescents, university students and young adults, alongside a wide range of team colleagues. 

I am experienced in all aspects of treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, PTSD, eating disorders and OCD as well as neurodevelopmental conditions including ADHD and autism spectrum disorder. During my specialist training, I attained skills in a range of therapeutic modalities including psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy , interpersonal therapy, cognitive analytic therapy as well as systemic family therapy, group work and motivational interviewing. Additionally, I have always enjoyed teaching, and I have contributed to various teaching programmes including the South East Scotland MRCPsych training programme, GP fellowship teaching training in Lothian and medical student teaching. I have also liked being an appraiser and mentoring colleagues. My aim is to work collaboratively whilst incorporating an understanding of a person’s life, and their strengths and difficulties, to establish a formulation based approach. Furthermore, I believe in a holistic whole person perspective, and paying attention to physical and mental health aspects of care informed by evidenced based practice. I aim to offer responsive and patient centred care to all of my clients. 

In 2021, I joined the TRC team having previously enjoyed collaborating with the Edinburgh TRC team. I treasure being a part of this wonderfully therapeutic environment in which myself and my colleagues strive to provide high quality care.