Male sitting at table talking to female

A day as a psychiatrist

You're based in the mental health unit at your local NHS hospital, and start work at 9am.

Your first task is to meet with a 25-year-old man, who may need to be referred to a psychiatric hospital for 24-hour observation and care. He is a very aggressive and challenging patient, with suicidal tendencies. After your assessment, you both agree full-time psychiatric hospital care would be beneficial, and arrange a bed for him.

The rest of the day is spent running the department - answering queries, directing staff and assessing patients. You have a lot of responsibility, but your job and the patients you see are incredibly varied, and you really make a difference to the community.