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Dr Walter Owino

Name: Walter Owino

Job Title: Consultant Psychiatrist

Qualifications: MBChB, FRCPsych, DPM

Place of work: Milton Park Therapeutic Campus

I knew I wanted to be a psychiatrist from when I first entered medical school. It struck me as the field of medicine that was about people most vulnerable in the society. My first voluntary job when I was still a medical student was with children with severe brain damage and multiple disabilities including severe epilepsy.
My career development in care followed the typical NHS postgraduate training in psychiatry and ultimately I chose to specialise in the field neuro developmental disabilities including learning disability.

My professional role models include Prof Joan Bicknell the first UK professor of the psychiatry of  Learning Disabilities who was a real inspiration to me and many others in the late seventies and Wolf Wolfenberger a German-American academic who developed the principle of normalization which had significant effect on the way services for people with disabilities have been structured throughout the world. What continues to motivate me is seeing many young people coming into the care industry and the passion and dedication they show in doing their work.

What makes a good day for me when we have been able to achieve good outcomes in care without compromising the safety or welfare of any service user or staff-member.