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What’s the difference between a doctor and a consultant?
GPs or Doctors can generally diagnose, treat and care for their patients.
They have the qualifications which allow them to prescribe medications and perform minor surgery.
Doctors have a responsibility of caring for their patients, but they are not specifically trained in a specialist field.
In most cases, doctors can diagnose a patient, but when they are unable to diagnose a particular issue, it is because they lack specialised skills, knowledge and resources in a particular field.
On the other hand, a Consultant psychologist is trained in a specialised and very particular medical field.
Consultants spend a few more years gaining additional education and training in their chosen field.
A psychiatrist is not a psychologist, they are more qualified. Learn more about the difference between psychiatrists and psychologists.
They are much more knowledgeable, experienced and qualified than doctors.
After your regular training as a doctor, it will take up to 9 years to become a consultant.
What is the role of a consultant psychiatrist?
A consultant psychiatrist is a medical professional who has qualified in psychiatry in order to diagnose, prescribe and offer advice on effectively dealing with mental health conditions.
A consultant psychiatrist has undergone many years of both training and experience to reach their high level of expertise.
When visiting a consultant psychiatrist, they will look at the whole history of a patient, as well as assessing the current situation of the patient’s medical health.
Following a thorough assessment, they will suggest the most appropriate and effective form of treatment – including therapy programmes and specific medications if required.
By having access to a consultant psychiatrist, you will receive a more in-depth analysis of the physical and psychological causes of your addiction and mental health issues, and this will help specifically tailor your treatment programme.
Leading consultant psychiatrists
- Professor Chick is renowned for his eminent and distinguished career in the National Health Service.
- He is a leading researcher in addiction and has published extensively in journals and has appeared on the media.
- He is Chief Editor of Alcohol and Alcoholism – the official journal of the Medical Council on Alcohol.
- Professor Chick is also the author of Understanding Alcohol and drinking problems.
Watch more here.
- Dr Kelly is a very experienced and distinguished consultant psychiatrist who has trained in many fields of psychiatry including general and forensic psychiatry, and the psychiatry of learning disabilities.
- She specialises in psychotherapy and family therapy within addiction treatment.
Learn more here.
Dr Kaplick is very renowned for his vast number of qualifications as a consultant.
With a PhD from Erlangen University and extensive experience, he is a prominent consultant in the UK.
He is trained in the following areas:
- Eating Disorders
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Behavioural Psychotherapy
- Energy Psychotherapy
- Progressive Relaxation
Cheaper rehabs do not have consultants
What differentiates the cheaper rehabs from the leading rehabs in the UK, are the consultant psychiatrists.
Leading UK rehabs will offer a series of individual sessions with consultant psychiatrists, who have trained extensively in the field of psychiatry, addiction, and therapy, and can diagnose and medicate with precision.
They know exactly what is best for a patient, as opposed to the more general experience of doctors.
Cheaper rehabs will have more generalised medical staff who will not be able to diagnose as specifically or formulate an in-depth and personalised treatment plan for their patients.
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If you are considering rehab and need further advice on the best option for you, our team at the Executive Rehab Guide can help you.
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Last Updated on August 5, 2021 by Alison