Nature of Work

Adult Psychiatry

Meet a Consultant

Dr Ciaran Corcoran, Consultant in Adult Psychiatrist

After my intern year I wasn’t sure in what area I wanted to specialise. After 2 SHO jobs in Medicine, I decided to try 6 months of Psychiatry possibly with a view to doing General Practice. I interviewed for a Psychiatry post and was offered a training rotation. During the 6 months I found the experience of general Adult Psychiatry both stimulating and challenging. Once I had this experience of Psychiatry I never wanted to do anything else. I continued my training both in Ireland and in the UK, including getting involved in research in academic centres. I now work as a Consultant Adult Psychiatrist in Mullingar.

I undertake both inpatient and outpatient work. My inpatient work is in St Loman’s Hospital and my outpatient work is in the Community Mental Health Centre Mullingar. I start the week with a new patient clinic where new patients are seen by the Non-Consultant Hospital Doctors or myself. I take a history, carry out mental state examinations, formulate and develop a management plan which involves the biopsychosocial approach. I generally review inpatients in the afternoons. I also see patients for individual psychotherapy and I am part of a psychotherapy supervision group in the area of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for patients with Borderline Personality Disorder. I have a review clinic one day a week in the Community Mental Health Centre which is always very busy. One morning a week our team has a multidisciplinary meeting where we discuss new patients, inpatients referrals and complex cases. I have weekly meetings with colleagues followed by teaching and journal club and case conference and I also supervise some Non-Consultant hospital doctors.

Other aspects of the job include administration, family meetings and service development. I am lucky to have supportive colleagues and an excellent multidisciplinary team of nursing staff and Nurse Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Social Worker and Psychologists.

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