Core Psychiatry Training

Details are correct at the time of advertising and are subject to change due to educational reasons and service reconfiguration.

Psychiatry is a vital, competitive and constantly evolving specialty.  Approximately 16% of the UK population lives in London and by joining the HEE London School you will be affiliated with the largest cohort of mental health trainees in Europe. Working with a diverse healthcare population across London, you will have an unparalleled opportunity to learn

Our vision for the London School of Psychiatry is:

  • Equality, diversity and inclusion in education
  • Excellence of postgraduate training oportunity
  • Producing clinical leaders of tomorrow

The first years of training in psychiatry are spent in a wide variety of posts to ensure a robust and strong foundation from which to build your chosen specialist skills. Each post during this core training lasts for four or six months and trainees must obtain at least 12 months of experience in general psychiatry in addition to 6 months of older adults psychiatry and a placement in either learning disability or child and adolescent mental health.

You can also undertake posts in any of the other specialties of psychiatry of their choice within available resources in particular trust.

During core training, universal and necessary skills are developed in, for example, assessment of psychiatric conditions, mental state examinations and management of various clinical situations. Basic psychotherapy skills are developed with supervised therapy cases and progress in all aspects is monitored via workplace based assessments (WBPA) on an online portfolio.

You will have an identified a supervisor in each post, responsible for supervising clinical activity and providing an hour of weekly one-to-one clinical /psychiatric supervision.  You will also have an educational supervisor providing longer term guidance throughout core training.

Assuming satisfactory progress through formal exams and workplace-based assessments, this period of training lasts for three years.  Once youhave passed the two written exams (Paper A and B) and one clinical exam (CASC) which make up the Membership exams of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, you become a full Member of the College and earn the right to add MRCPsych after your name.  You are then eligible to apply for higher training in one of the six specialties: General Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Medical Psychotherapy, Learning Disability, Old Age Psychiatry or Forensic Psychiatry or dual training.

Training Programme Regions

Core training in Psychiatry is a three-year programme where trainees rotate around a number of placements enabling them to gain a rich experience of psychiatry. It is delivered in four regional areas. Specialty training is a three- to five-year programme where trainees specialise in an area of Psychiatry.

Core Psychiatry (CT1-3):

  • North Central based at
    • Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Foundation Trust
    • Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust
    • Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
    • Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
    • Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
    • Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
    • The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust
    • University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • North West based at
    • Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
    • West London Foundation Trust
  • North East based at
    • East London NHS Foundation Trust
    • North East London NHS Foundation Trust
  • South East London based at
    • Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust 
    • South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
  • South West based at
    • South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust

Core Psychiatry Training Programme Directors:

  • North Central London
    • Dr Bhaskar Punukollu
    • Dr Julian Summerfield
  • North East London
    • Dr Dewi Pritchard
    • Dr Luca Polledri
  • North West London
    • Dr Anne Patterson
    • Dr David Barbenel
    • Dr Sukhdip Bahia
  • South East London
    • Dr Richard Haslam
  • South West London
    • Dr Sara Beleil

Expected Rotation Information 

In a standard Core Psychiatry programme, candidates will rotate every 6 months (the 1st Wednesday of February and August of every year).

Core training in Psychiatry is a three-year programme where trainees rotate around a number of placements enabling them to gain a rich experience of psychiatry. You should expect to rotate between different NHS Trusts during your programme.

Anticipated Duration

  • 3 years subject to satisfactory progression

Anticipated Outcome

  • Completion of Core Psychiatry training

Employment Information

  • Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Mental Health TrustCamden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust
  • Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
  • East London NHS Foundation Trust
  • North East London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
  • South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
  • South West London and St George’s
  • West London NHS Trust
 

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