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The second in our spring series of Sixth Form career talks, held on Friday 29th January, introduced our students to the fascinating field of psychiatry.

Led by Blue Coat parent and lead Consultant Psychiatrist at Broadgreen Hospital’s Broadoak unit, Dr Indira Vinjamuri spoke passionately about her work, from the misconceptions that surround mental health illnesses, including anxiety and schizophrenia, to ensuring public protection.

A Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Dr Vinjamuri continues to enjoy a very successful career. As Director of Medical Education for Merseyside Care Trust Dr Vinjamuri has helped to develop and improve postgraduate education, training junior doctors to become more successful psychiatrists. Regularly providing university medical students with the opportunity to shadow psychiatrists, Dr Vinjamuri would like to establish work experience links for Sixth Form students in order to give them a greater understanding of the profession, an opportunity our prospective medics would relish.

Drawing her discussion to a close Dr Vinjamuri outlined a number of specialist areas of psychiatry, providing a brief insight into prenatal psychotherapy, forensic psychiatry and general adult psychiatry. For newly qualified psychiatrists that find it difficult to settle on one area of expertise a programme of taster sessions allow them to explore all avenues available to them.

We would like to thank Dr Vinjamuri for visiting our students and for her extremely generous offer to help our students gain crucial work experience.

If you would like to take part in our series of Sixth Form careers talks please contact the Development Team on 0151 733 1407 ext. 207 or at development-team@bluecoatschool.org.uk

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