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Dr John Barker

Psychological Skills Mentor 

About John

Dr John Barker is a psychiatrist who is training in South Yorkshire and has an interest in addictions psychiatry. His day-to-day work includes seeing new and follow-up patients in outpatient clinics, home visits, work on the inpatient wards and medical education. He holds degrees in Politics (2002) and Medicine (2014), both from the University of Sheffield, and is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (2018).

In an interesting and varied career, John worked in the university sector and the Civil Service in project management roles after his first degree. He then sought to combine his love of working with people and an interest in science by training to be a doctor. John has always been fascinated by what makes people act in the way that they do, and how society should best be organised: questions that underpin the study of much of politics and indeed medicine.

His research interest in addictions psychiatry lead to the award of an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship, which allows him to combine his psychiatry training with an academic research post at the University of Sheffield.

As a psychiatrist, John is keen to help individuals maximise their individual wellbeing and happiness. He first became aware of the Chimp Model whilst studying medicine and has since used it since to help him achieve his personal goals. He is keen to use the model to help others realise their own potential.

In his spare time, he enjoys tinkering with petrol engines, maintaining his collection of BMWs (two and four-wheeled), reading social and economic history and spending time with his wife.