Our 'Talking Clinical' blog is an opportunity to connect with KMPT clinicians who will share their thoughts, research and details about innovative projects.
10 February 2016
It has been exactly eight years this February since I started work in Kent as a Consultant Psychiatrist in intellectual Disability having just left my specialist registrar training rotation that saw me spend one year each in Southwark, Lewisham and Bromley Mental Health of Learning Disability teams. Truly, those times were thoroughly enjoyed because of the exposure to both academic and clinical practices and some wonderful people whose attitude would make you understand how much satisfaction you can get from working in this field of psychiatry.
My choice of KMPT as a place to work was deliberate and based on a piece of work I did looking at the demographic and clinical variables of those service users placed away from London and found that Kent was a major recipient of out of area placements. The project gave me an insight into the way services were organized in Kent and this was remarkably different from what I was used to during training in London. I was challenged to be part of the development in Kent knowing there were plans to reorganise both social care and mental health provision for people with learning disability in Kent....Read more
06 October 2015
One of the most influential jobs I have done in my career so far was working in Bradford. I had no idea what a home treatment team was at that time, and was working in a city that I didn’t know, but in this post I really learned how important it is to look at everything and everyone around you when seeing a patient.
In this post I was working in one of the first home treatment teams in the country, and much of the team was made up of support workers who also acted as interpreters. Bradford has a rich mixture of cultures and a large population of people from Pakistan, so we would often be conducting home visits with large extended families who had been caring for an unwell relative themselves for long periods of time. Often only one or two members of the family would speak English, so identifying the non-verbal communication at a visit becomes even more important. Having people from the Pakistani community working within the Home Treatment Team would enable us to communicate verbally with all of the family members, but also help us to interpret the different presentations of illness and views about mental health that vary between cultures....Read more
11 August 2015
I have worked within KMPT for nearly nine years now; over five of those as a Consultant with the East Kent Liaison Psychiatry Service and four years as the Lead Clinician for Liaison Services across Kent and Medway. This time has been filled with ups and downs - a real rollercoaster of events and emotions.
People often ask what Liaison Psychiatry is; well, clinically I see patients within a general hospital who are struggling with mental health disorders as well as physical health disorders. Sometimes the two are linked; sometimes they are separate but happening at the same time; but irrespective they will always impact on the person as a whole. So in simple terms, what is Liaison Psychiatry? It is whole person care....Read more