Psychiatrist | Selby College
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Psychiatrists are doctors who diagnose and treat patients with mental health problems.

Potential salary

£24,907 to £87,754

Employment by 2024


Working hours

41 to 43 a week

  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • knowledge of psychology
  • knowledge of medicine and dentistry
  • the ability to understand people’s reactions
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • active listening skills
  • knowledge of English language
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to read English
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

In this role, you could:

  • assess your patient’s condition by asking them about their thoughts
  • get information from other sources, like GPs, relatives or social workers
  • carry out blood tests or scans to rule out other health conditions.
  • carry out psychiatric tests
  • prescribe medication
  • recommend treatments like counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • suggest practical ways to stay well

You could work in a prison, in an NHS or private hospital, at a client's home or in the community.

Your working environment may be emotionally demanding.

With experience, you may go on to lead a team, or manage a unit or department. You may also progress to teaching and training students, trainee doctors and other healthcare professionals.

With experience and entry on the General Medical Council (GMC) Specialist Register, you could apply for senior (or consultant) roles.

You can find out more about becoming a psychiatrist from the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Health Careers.

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