Journey Through the Specialities


Psychiatrists are medically qualified doctors who specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with mental health disorders. Psychiatrists can prescribe medication and diagnose illnesses as they are equipped with medical degrees. Mental health is an extremely prevalent issue and ranks alongside cardiovascular disorders and cancer as one of the UK’s biggest health problems making the career essential. The specialities within psychiatry are child and adolescent, general adult, psychotherapy, forensic, old age and intellectual disability.

Psychiatrists work directly with patients suffering as well as carrying out research relevant to the field meaning doctors achieve a balance between treating patients and academia.


Speciality Breakdown

The pathway for psychiatry includes three years of general psychiatry training after the foundation years followed by a period of training in a chosen sub-speciality which vary in lengths but tend to be around three years long.

– Psychiatry can be very rewarding and interesting as you help people with such varied mental health issues on a daily basis.

– Communication is an essential part of this job and psychiatrists often lead a multidisciplinary team which appeals to people who are effective leaders.

– This career is famous for having a really good work-life balance and very often, it consists of a 40 hour 9-5 working week but this is also flexible to other commitments psychiatrists have.

– Psychiatry can be quite a risky job, especially when working in forensic psychology with criminals where an element of safety is compromised. 

– Mental health conditions are extremely complex and so it can be really challenging to develop an accurate diagnosis and then treat the patient with an effective outcome, especially as mental health illnesses can be very deep routed and stem from social history as well as biology.

– Due to the types of specialities in the job, it is rarely only about treating people’s mental health issues and psychiatrists also often have an understanding of the law and work within this to treat their patients.