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Psychiatrist Jobs in Bedford

Psychiatrist Jobs in Bedford

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.

​Bedford is a historic market and the county town of Bedfordshire, England. At the 2011 Census, the population of the Bedford built-up area was 106,940. At the same census, the Borough of Bedford had a population of 157,479. Bedford was founded at a ford on the River Great Ouse, and is thought to have been the burial place of Offa of Mercia. Bedford Castle was built by Henry I, although it was destroyed in 1224. Bedford was granted borough status in 1165 and has been represented in Parliament since 1265. It is known for its large population of Italian descent. Bedford is on the Midland Main Line, with stopping services to London and Brighton operated by Thameslink, and express services to London and the East Midlands operated by East Midlands Railway. Transport in Bedford provides links between the town and other parts of England. Road access to the town is provided by the A6 road & the A421 road. The town is served by two railway stations and a network of bus services.

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