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Spotlight on… Richard Corrigall

06.03.15 Categories: Staff stories, Young people

Image: Richard with one of the paintings created by service users featured in the recent exhibition at the Long Gallery. 

 

This is the first in our series of staff profiles which will highlight some of the amazing people who work at South London and Maudsley. Richard Corrigall has worked in the Snowsfields Adolescent Unit since it opened in 1998 in its original location of Guy’s Hospital. Now located at Maudsley Hospital, the inpatient and day unit helps young people between the ages of 12 to 18 who have a serious mental illness, supporting them in their recovery and transition back to the community.

What is the name of your role?

Consultant Adolescent Psychiatrist.

Which part of South London and Maudsley do you work in?

Snowsfields Adolescent Unit, which is based in Mapother House at the Maudsley Hospital.

What does a typical day look like for you?

I do ward rounds for team-based care planning, and have face-to-face meetings with young people to catch up on their progress. We hold Care Programme Approach meetings to get young people, carers and professionals together and map out discharge plans. I help with the art therapy group on Thursdays. I also have lots of emails to respond to, unfortunately!

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Helping a young person to recover from a major mental health crisis. Nothing feels more rewarding than seeing a teenager get back to the life that they want and deserve.

Which part of your job is most challenging?

I have to deal with a lot of form-filling and box-ticking, which I don’t really enjoy. 

What is your favourite thing about South London and Maudsley?

Working alongside top-quality clinicians and inspiring researchers.

What’s your proudest achievement in your career to date?

Starting up Snowsfields Adolescent Unit from scratch in 1998. We were the first adolescent psychiatric unit in the UK to make all of our beds available at all hours for emergency admissions.

What do you like to do outside of work in your free time?

Cycling and photography; I’m obsessed with both!

Name one thing that the service users might not know about you.

I suffered from a severe episode of depression, but made a good recovery.

If you could only take one thing to a desert island, what would it be?

An off-road bike to explore the island with.

Read about the Long Gallery at South London and Maudsley, which recently featured an exhibition by service users that was coordinated by Richard. If you were inspired by this story, perhaps you'd consider fundraising for SLaM