Working life (liaison psychiatry)

The work of a consultant liaison psychiatrist is varied and unpredictable. In an average day you would expect to see patients with several different psychiatric problems.

In most liaison psychiatry teams, the doctors usually work from 9am to 5pm, and then participate in a pool of doctors providing an on-call service for adult psychiatry, which would include the inpatient psychiatric wards, as well as cover for the general hospital and emergency department.

Most liaison psychiatrists are based in an acute or general hospital. The number of patients seen in a day varies depending on the type of patient and setting within the hospital.

The EU Working Time Directive limits the working week to 48 hours. It is also possible to work part-time once you are consultant, or to train on a less than full-time basis (conditions apply).

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