"I came to realise that mental health is, I think, the most important branch of medicine – without our mental health we have nothing."
Alice Brooke is a Higher Specialist Trainee in Psychiatry (Registrar/SpR), which means that she is currently completing the last part of her training to become a Consultant Psychiatrist.
Here’s her story:
I have wanted to be an NHS Psychiatrist ever since I did my first placement within Psychiatry as a medical student.
I was drawn to work in Psychiatry because I realised the profound effect mental ill-health has on all aspects of a person’s life, and I came to realise that mental health is, I think, the most important branch of medicine – without our mental health we have nothing. Plus, I love the way that teams work in Psychiatry and the focus and time we get to spend with our patients. And – additionally, despite the often difficult and emotional nature to the work, I laugh every day, which is not something I think many people can say about their jobs!
What I like most about the NHS (and especially Psychiatry at SPFT) is the sense of “togetherness” that exists, the sense that we are all working together towards a common goal, which is the health and wellbeing of our patients, and the feelings of teamwork and mutual support that this brings.