09 August 2016

Faces of Bristol Mental Health: Dan Hodgson

 Dan Hodgson


Job title: Consultant Psychiatrist (North Bristol Assessment & Recovery Team) and Medical Lead for Bristol


1. What does your job involve?

My role is around supporting the specialist mental health team, GPs and service users with assessment, diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of mental health difficulties. I also work as Medical Lead for Bristol, which involves improving services, quality and performance. In the role I am responsible for supporting my medical colleagues to work to the highest standard during the evolution and development of Bristol Mental Health services.


2. What do you enjoy best about your role?

I originally starting training as a cardiologist but I found that I was never given enough time to talk to my patients and I felt that I was working like a robot with little interaction with the patients under my care. This led me to change to psychiatry as a speciality.

In psychiatry every day is different and every person I meet has a unique story and a different set of challenges. Enabling someone to trust me and being human enough to win their confidence is massively rewarding. Being able to offer someone help and understanding during a crisis and supporting them through their personal experiences is of immense value to me as a person.


3. Describe how you're feeling today in three words.

Proud, challenged and exuberant!


4. What do you do to keep mentally healthy?

The 3 Fs keep me mentally healthy: friends, fun and fitness (in no particular order!).


5. What do you like best about Bristol?

I came to the city to study medicine at the University of Bristol in the 1990's and I've remained here ever since, apart from spending a few years doing some medical training in Spain. I think it's a beautiful, unique and cosmopolitan city that has so many different cultures and a wonderful historic heritage. I'm proud to call it my home.


6. What would you recommend that people try in the city?

With so much diverse culture there are always new experiences to enjoy. I'm still discovering new bars and restaurants in Clifton Village and never tire of my pursuit for the perfect cocktail! I would recommend a bar called Amoeba for some fantastic mojitos. If you don't mind a little drive, it's worth venturing into the green pastures of Congresbury for a full on carvery experience at The White Hart pub and some fresh air and walking.

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