I have worked in a range of teams from the ward (in hospital) to community mental health, crisis team etc I have to say that working in Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) and supporting EIP teams to develop and improve is the best job that I have ever had. I like the fact that EIP works to support people early before the problem gets worse. And I also like the way that EIP works with people for up to 3 years, so that the person can learn about their illness and how to manage it in the present and future.
not sure if you mean would we do another job? no couldn’t be a nurse or psychiatrist but if that way inclined I could have progressed to be a manager but know its not for me, I am happy being a clinical person
if you mean would we change the current role we have – only in terms of paperwork and seeing a bigger range of client s- not all so severe
I admire all of the roles we have in the NHS – we are like little cogs in a big machine and without any one of us it would all fall apart. I’m not sure I would change now I’ve got a medical degree (it takes far too long for that!) but I think I would enjoy any role in mental health, such as nursing or psychology.
As far as changing what we do as doctors, I genuinely love it! Sometimes because the NHS is SO big, it can feel like its very hard to make changes and improve things, which can be frustrating. We also spend a lot of time doing paperwork which takes us away from seeing our ever increasing numbers of patients. On the whole though, it’s so worth it! We all muck in together to make sure the patient gets the best care we can give despite the challenges. 🙂