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
- autism and other developmentally-related problems.
- 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.