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A consultant psychiatrist on the GMC specialist register in old age psychiatry Dr Basavaraj has special recognition of his experience in dealing with mental illness in the elderly admitted on medical/surgical wards (liaison old age psychiatry endorsement).
Dr Basavaraj works in Cwm Taf University Health Board in South Wales and teaches/trains junior doctors and medical students from Cardiff University.
He also holds specialist skills in assessment, diagnosis and medication management of dementia, anxiety, depression, phobias and psychotic disorders in the elderly.
Due to the lack of information and taboo associated with mental illness, Dr Basavaraj believes in a collaborative environment, allowing carers sufficient time to ask questions and express concerns during assessments.
Approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act 1983 as having experience in assessment and management of mental disorders Dr Basavaraj carried out ‘fitness to drive’ assessments in conjunction with a psychologist and makes recommendations to DVLA regarding a person’s fitness to drive post-diagnosis of dementia. He also prepared Court of Protection (COP3) documents enabling patients to identify and formalise a Power of Attorney.