I have always had a passion for psychiatry, and have worked in the NHS for the last 21 years. I became a Consultant Psychiatrist in General Adult Psychiatry in 2010 and have worked in a range of in-patient and community settings in this role over the last 13 years in North-East Scotland. I have an endorsement in Addictions Psychiatry, and have built up experience working with people who have a range of mental health difficulties, including depression, anxiety, trauma and neurodevelopment disorders.
I have always been keen to help folk learn about and understand how mental illnesses can affect people. I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education and have been the Teaching Lead for undergraduates in psychiatry at the University of Dundee, as well as a training programme director and supervisor for post-graduate doctors specialising in psychiatry. I have worked nationally with the Patient Safety and Co-Production Groups with the RCPsych, and chaired the general adult psychiatry faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland from 2019-2022. I was recently awarded a Fellowship of the RCPsych.
When you have difficulties with your mental health it can be confusing and frightening. Often seeking help and advice is the hardest step, so when people have I try to ensure they feel comfortable and heard. I strive to help folk regain some control through understanding their diagnosis, how it may affect them, and what effective evidence-based treatments are available to them.