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FORENSIC psychiatry often involves the assessment and treatment of potentially "dangerous" patients. But Dr Anne Macdonald reckons she is far safer in her job than those working on the front line, such as nurses.

Anne, 53, was the Scottish Executive's senior medical officer and now works from the Douglas Inch Clinic in Glasgow.

The job: I am a consultant psychiatrist. I work with people who have mental health problems who have become involved with the criminal justice system, both offenders and victims.

How I did it: Five years at Birmingham University before studying psychiatry and forensic psychiatry at Edinburgh University.

We carry out risk assessments and write court reports. We prescribe medication or cognitive therapy and deal with psychologists, occupational therapists and nurses.

Risk assessment is a big part of the job but in some ways we are less at risk than front line staff such as nurses. If there is someone we are very concerned about we would not see them on our own.

Perks: If you like dealing with people in all sorts of settings good job.

Five-year plan: Moving into management, studying for an MBA

Tips: You have to be a team worker confident with intellectual and emotional and ambigi vital to have, damental for people, a flexible thinker


Assessment: Anne Macdonald.
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 2, 2006
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