An Interview with a Consultant Psychiatrist

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Dr Niall Campbell always knew that he wanted to be a doctor, and after growing up in 1970s Northern Ireland he came to London to pursue his medical education. Dr Campbell now works as a Consultant Psychiatrist at the Priory Hospital Roehampton.

Dr Campbell told us all about his career in medicine, from school all the way to where he is today.      

What was it that led you to become a psychiatrist? Tell us about your education and work experience

What steps did you take to become a psychiatrist? 

Why did you choose to specialise in addiction?

What does a typical day look like for you working with addiction patients?

What’s the most common misconception about what you do?

Could you name 3 of the most challenging aspects of your role?

  1. Motivating people who do not recognise the consequences of their addiction and don’t want to change.
  2. Involving close family members in a positive way in patient’s recovery. We work very hard at the Priory to do this.
  3. Challenging the widely held stigmas about addiction. I work with media trying to get this message across.

What is the most interesting part of your job?

Do you think there is a type of person suited to becoming a psychiatrist?  What key skills do they need?

What is the most important piece of advice you can give to psychology/medical students?

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