Dr Cheryl Hartley-Brown is a Specialty Doctor in Forensic Psychiatry and works on Brook Ward, which is a medium secure ward that provides treatment and care for men aged 18-65, who have mental health problems and a history of offending, who are close to recovery and moving towards their independence.
The team support people through the final, managed stages of recovery and aims to improve people’s mental health and support their move to greater independence.
They work with health and social care professionals including a psychologist, a social worker, an occupational therapist and nurses. They also work with families and carers to develop care plans to help prevent relapses, and to help identify early warning signs so they know how to get help in a crisis.
Dr Hartley-Brown also works as a Forensic Medical Examiner for the Metropolitan Police Service and was previously a General Practitioner (GP).
We asked Dr Hartley-Brown some quick fire questions to find out more her and her work.
Describe your job in three words? Frustrating, heart-warming, worthwhile
What would you like viewers to take away from the documentary? Faith in the possibility and power of recovery.
What do you wish other people knew about the work that you do? The unwavering dedication of staff working in mental health professions.
What has surprised you most about working with your patients? How every day is different, new challenges, new hope!
What’s the most challenging part of your job? Trying to leave work on time!
What’s the best part of your job? Helping people to believe in themselves
What was it like being filmed? Was I ? Hardly noticed!
What’s your favourite TV show? Top Gear soon to be displaced by The Grand Tour!
If you weren’t a Specialty Doctor what would you be doing instead? Singing at Covent Garden, being a landscape gardener, reading books or making cakes all day!
Who has inspired you most in your career? Professor Griffith Edwards, Addictions Specialist, an inspiration to so many and a dear friend, sadly missed.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about working in mental health services? Be sure, be steadfast, be resilient!