Andrew West is a child and adolescent psychiatrist based in Oxford. He completed Oxford Higher Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 1996 and has intermediate level training in Group Therapy with Children, and Family Systemic Psychotherapy. From 2001 he worked as a consultant in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Paediatric Liaison Psychiatry in Berkshire, including working as a specialty trainer and consultant appraiser, and for the last five years consulting to a large independent school. After over thirty years in the NHS he now holds an honorary contract as a mentor and coach for NHS staff in the Thames Valley and Wessex region. He has regularly published work in peer-reviewed journals including on ethics and uncertainty in clinical practice, and original research into fathering. Andrew talks in this interview about the importance of music to him, how aesthetics can be relevant to psychiatry and psychotherapy, and about values-based practice.