I am a mature specialist, seasoned through many years of clinical experience.
I believe in optimizing the management of the efficiency and efficacy of the resources at hand, in order to find fair equilibrium among the quality of the treatment rendered to the patients, the waiting list at the community and the average duration of the inpatient stay at the Hospital.
I have experienced that, success in delivering an adequate continuity of care for the patients and their families, highly depends on the ability to create healthy and therapeutic links; not only with the mentioned participants but also with the mental health team members and the other teams and institutions that we must interact with.
When I am working in the community; I like to be there every day, because my patients and their families are there every day. I want to be there to receive the discharged from the Inpatient Unit and their kin; to answer over the phone questions from doctors, family and others; to support the rest of my team and to build strong bonds; to receive my patients in acute state and try to avoid sending them to the hospital, even if that means to see them every single day until they stabilize; to manage treatment changes and collateral symptoms day to day over the phone and make sure the insomniacs are sleeping well; to sit and study new referrals and treatment plans with my team, etcetera.
I see that my job is to be in the community helping the patient, and all others involved,
understand that I care and that I am going to be there every day; making sure, by all means at my reach, that not one of them gets hospital sick and that if it does happen: I am going to be right
there implementing strategies with my team, so we can all avoid it better next time.
I like to think of myself as an expert in hardcore acute emergency psychiatry. I have a passion for descriptive psychopathology and for psychopharmacological interventions in the decompensated stage. I believe that it is the most fertile moment to imprint positive outcomes for our patients.
I feel very comfortable at the Inpatient Unit and at On Call Emergencies, confident in the knowledge that there is nothing that can happen, that I am not able to manage or haven’t already managed in the past.
I feel Acute Care means that I must stabilize the patient as soon as possible and put him back in the community, in the best set up and shape possible. I am experienced in using an aggressive psychopharmacological intervention approach, from day one; optimizing dosage and formulation every day, various times in the same day if necessary, according to the particularities of the clinical picture and the patient’s own individualities.
When I am at the Inpatient Unit: I want to see my patients everyday, I want them to see my face and to hear my voice every day, I want to be their Reality Principle everyday at the In Patient Unit; I have to know how they slept and how they feel every day, so I can adjust the psychopharmacological treatment to fit or make appropriate interventions and/or recommendations, in order to speed up stabilization ; I want to be available for their families everyday; I want to be able to create strong and healthy professional bonds with the Inpatient Team and with the other team members in the Hospital; I want to be able to transmit reliability, efficacy, efficiency and coherence to all of them, through ethics and excellence in every clinical act that I perform.
I am an experienced Psychiatrist with a preference for working at Inpatient General Hospital Acute Wards, General Hospital Emergency Psychiatry Units and also Outpatient Care within the Mental Health Units.
I am fully bilingual in English and currently learning German.
Since obtaining Spanish Psychiatry Qualifications, I have been working as a Specialist Consultant Psychiatrist for the Social Security for 3 years and 10 months now; in a permanent position awarded to me through examinations in 2010.
I hold Legal and Forensic Psychiatrist qualifications (2009) but also Clinical experience while working as a Forensic Examiner for the Ministry of Justice.
Very experienced and expert in the Clinical Management of: First Psychiatric Episodes (both affective and psychotic), Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety and Panic Disorder, Personality Disorders, Complicated Unipolar Depression, Postpartum Depression and Psychosis, Acute Psychosis, Schizophrenic patients, suicidal risk assessment, violence risk assessment, Old Age Psychiatry, ECT and Crisis Intervention.
I have Experience applying Electroshock Treatment and also conducting Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.
I enjoy and have experience teaching general doctors in training and medical students; as well as supervising hospital rotations and clinical interventions for other specialists in training.
I will add value to your service through my: vast clinical experience, both medical and psychiatric; great working capacity and enthusiasm; problem solver readiness; observation of ethics and excellence in every clinical intervention; friendly and good social skills; willingness to be a team player and my deep respect of rank and hierarchy.
My Main Interests are: Inpatient Acute Ward, Emergency Psychiatry, Adult and Old Age Psychiatry, and Teaching.
Clinical Interests for the near future: Pharmacogenetics and Pharmacogenomics applied to Psychopharmacological Interventions.