09 August 2016
Faces of Bristol Mental Health: Dan Hodgson
Job title: Consultant Psychiatrist (North
Bristol Assessment & Recovery Team) and Medical Lead for
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
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
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
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.