A Day in the Life of Jon

Jon Haynes is a Consultant Psychiatrist with the Gloucestershire Recovery in Psychosis (GRiP) / Early Intervention team

“I’ve worked for the Trust for five years. After qualifying in 1997, I did a range of jobs including surgery, but became much more interested in psychiatry. I find it allows you to get to know patients better and understand what makes them tick.  It’s more of a challenge”.

“My day to day work is wonderfully varied. My day often starts with a team meeting.  This includes professionals such as occupational therapists, social workers and nurses. No day really looks the same because I see patients in clinics or in their own homes.  I supervise junior doctors and my team, and teach medical students.”

“A highpoint is seeing the impact of the annual outward bound trip which some of our service users go on, organised by the GRiP Team. They come back with increased confidence and a sense of autonomy which they didn’t have before.”

“I’m also Associate Medical Director and Clinical Director; therefore I also help shape the future of mental health services for Gloucestershire and Herefordshire; I contribute to the clinical governance programme that gives assurance to the public that services provided by 2gether are safe.”

“We undertake more home visits in Early Intervention than in most other teams as we aim to increase engagement because the early years are so crucial for the long-term trajectory of psychotic illness. It’s a job where you can make a huge difference but it’s a challenge because we are still combatting a degree of stigma. Psychiatry can often be under appreciated as it takes commitment and time to keep working at it to realise what a fantastic speciality it is.”

“I love all of it, the variety, but what I love most is people getting better and patients either returning to normal health, or recovering and gaining a meaningful life even if symptoms are persistent”.