The aim of the Psychiatrist is to offer a specialist health care service for people with learning disability and related mental illness. The Psychiatrist has a role in diagnosing and managing psychiatric and behaviour disorders in people with a learning disability. Individuals are seen as outpatients, in-patients or on domiciliary visits.

The Psychiatrist works with healthcare colleagues using physical, psychological, social and developmental methods of treatment to help people with:

  • mental illness (dual diagnosis)
  • challenging behaviour/offending behaviour
  • epilepsy
  • autism and other developmentally-related problems.

 

The Psychiatrist:

  • has responsibility for Mental Health Act work and court reports
  • contributes to education and training of staff, clients, carers and relatives
  • contributes to multi-agency planning of care for people with learning disabilities.

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