Barbara Hamilton (née Hunter)

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 22 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1515

Consultant psychiatrist Sheffield (b 1944; q Belfast 1969; MRCPsych, Dip Psychother), died from bowel infarction on 2 December 2005.

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Barbara Hamilton had remarkable musical ability but chose to study medicine. She completed her psychiatry and psychotherapy training in Aberdeen and became a medical officer for the new Scottish Mental Welfare Commission in 1983. In 1988 she became a consultant psychiatrist in Ayrshire, the first such medical officer so to do. When the family moved to England she became a consultant in Sheffield, where she was a capable, energetic, and pragmatic problem solver in an under-resourced area. She was also adept in balancing the priorities of a career and the needs of her children when recognition of such pressures on aspiring women professionals was scant. She leaves a husband and five children.

[David Hamilton]


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