Background information

Psychiatrists are medically-qualified doctors, with specialist training in mental health difficulties.

Psychiatry relies upon high quality clinical skills, as assessment and diagnosis has little help from modern technology.

Personal qualities should include:

  • good listening skills
  • careful history taking
  • the ability to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team
  • effective liaison with other agencies
  • a high degree of interpersonal skills

The Royal College of Psychiatrists provides guides to mental health problems that people can face, and is a good source of related information.

Dr Maloney is committed to high quality confidential and ethical practice, and the values of ‘Good Medical Practice’ and ‘Good Psychiatric Practice’.

Occasionally concerns for patients themselves, or for others, may mean that absolute confidentiality cannot be maintained; these rare situations are explained in the ethical code for psychiatrists ‘Good Psychiatric Practice’.