Dr Neda Mehrpooya is a trainee psychiatrist in South Wales. Now in the final stages of her studies, Neda praises the quality of training she has received in Wales and the flexibility of the programme offered to her. Neda explains:
"I qualified from medical school in Iran and came over to the UK in 2005. I passed my ‘Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test and was granted full General Medical Council (GMC) registration and a licence to practice medicine in the UK. After working in different specialites in various locations in the UK, including south east England and Liverpool, I soon made up my mind that I wanted to become a psychiatrist.
“I am currently working as a specialty trainee (ST5) in general adult psychiatry. My current placement is in the crisis team and inpatient mental health ward at the Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend, where we look after acutely unwell patients, who either require intense community support, or inpatient admission. I am also involved in teaching undergraduate medical students and supervising foundation and specialty doctors within our team. I have recently started working with the Wales Deanery on the Psychiatry MRCPSych course, as a Clinical Tutor. I also volunteered to engage with the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales on policy making.
“I moved to Wales in 2007, when I met my husband, who is a consultant and we are now settled just outside Cardiff with our family. Being a mum of two, I’m reliant on flexible hours and have been unable to work full-time. While this has made my journey in psychiatry training longer, I wouldn’t have been able to qualify without the support of the Wales Deanery and the flexibility of a part-time training scheme.
“What’s unique about training in Wales is the support you’re given. Throughout my entire psychiatric training across South Wales, I have always felt I have had the encouragement and backing I need to succeed. There is access to world-leading psychiatric research in Cardiff and Swansea, and ample opportunities to engage in teaching or pursue further postgraduate training.
“Wales is great in nature and rich in culture. As a family we enjoy our short trips to the beautiful beaches all around South Wales or taking walking trips to the Brecon Beacons. It’s great seeing my children thriving in a multicultural environment with excellent educational facilities as well as having the tranquillity of the countryside.
“We’re very much settled here and cannot imagine living anywhere else. With the work life balance, and the luxury of country living, I would recommend Wales to absolutely everyone — family or no family. It doesn’t disappoint.”