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A Career in Psychiatry

Meet Professor Simon Wessely MA, BM BCh, MSc, MD, FRCP,FRCPsych, F Med Sci.

Prof Simon Wessely

Medical Careers met with leading psychiatrist, Professor Simon Wessely  in his busy office to gain a glimpse into the life of a man who is highly respected for his leading work in research, teaching, clinical and advisory roles as a psychiatrist.

His CV (shortened below) is testament to the breadth and depth of his wide experience and we were delighted to be able to seek his insight into what it takes to be a good psychiatrist and what the profession needs in a recruit..

Click below to watch the interview video.

(This video lasts 7 min and 21 secs)

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Professor Wessely's CV

  • Vice Dean, Academic Psychiatry, Teaching and Training: Institute of Psychiatry
  • Head, Department of Psychological Medicine, Institute of Psychiatry


  • Director, King’s Centre for Military Health Research, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London
  • Professor of Psychological Medicine at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London
  • Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at King’s and Maudsley Hospitals.

His research interests are in the grey areas between medicine and psychiatry, clinical epidemiology, psychiatric injury and military health. He has published over 550 papers on many subjects. His research has covered epidemiology, post traumatic stress, psychological debriefing, chronic fatigue syndrome, history, chronic pain, somatisation, Gulf War illness, military health and terrorism.

In the first part of his career his main areas of research focussed around clinical epidemiology, and with special emphasis on unexplained symptoms and syndromes, most particularly the chronic fatigue syndrome.

Latterly his research has shifted towards various aspects of military health.

He is Director of the King’s Centre for Military Health Research Unit at King’s College London. In 2006 the unit published the first results of a study of the physical and psychological health of 12,000 UK military personnel, half of whom have served in the Iraq conflict.

He was elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences in 1999.


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