The Med Shed

Psychiatrist

THE WORKING DAY

You’re based at Mill View, the mental health unit run by Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust.

Your first patient is a man, 25, who may need to be referred for 24-hour observation and care. He is a very aggressive and challenging patient, with suicidal tendencies. After your assessment, you both agree full-time psychiatric hospital care would be beneficial and arrange a bed for him.

The rest of the day is spent running the department – answering queries, directing staff and assessing patients. You have a lot of responsibility but your job and the patients you see are incredibly varied and you really make a difference to the community.

DOES THIS SOUND LIKE ME?

You’re open-minded and willing to adapt to new ideas. You’re a good leader but can also work within a team and enjoy learning from others.

WHAT'S NEXT?

You’re likely to need at least six or seven high grade 9-6 (A*-B) GCSE grades (or the equivalent), preferably including science subjects, and be all set to take three A-Levels (or the equivalent) at college or 6th form.

You’ll need to apply for a degree in medicine at university. Getting three good A-Level grades (or equivalent level 3 qualification) is vital if you’re applying for medicine, as this is a very competitive area.

After university, you’ll need to do further general and specialist training to work as a psychiatrist. There are different areas of psychiatry too – such as forensic or old-age psychiatry — so it’s worth exploring the options.