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Psychiatrist Jobs

Psychiatrist Jobs

Job Description

A psychiatrist is a doctor who looks after patients with mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and schizophrenia. As a psychiatrist, you'll work in a team of health and social care professionals to assess, diagnose and treat patients who have been referred to you.

The Skills Required

To become a psychiatrist you need:

  • an interest in how people think and feel
  • excellent listening and communication skills
  • the ability to put people at ease and inspire trust and confidence
  • good investigative skills
  • an interest and ability in science and medicine
  • the ability to work under pressure and make well-judged decisions
  • leadership and management skills
  • the ability to work well in a team
  • a keen interest in your specialist field and a willingness to keep your skills up to date.

Qualifications

To become a psychiatrist you need to have completed:

  • a 5-year degree in medicine, recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC)
  • a 2-year foundation programme of general training
  • a 6-year specialist training programme in psychiatry.

To do a degree in medicine you'll usually need at least 5 GCSEs (A-C) including English, maths and science, plus 3 A levels at grades AAB in subjects such as chemistry, biology and either physics or maths. Check the GMC website for a list of degree courses.

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