Psychiatry

Introduction

Welcome to the London School of Psychiatry website. I have been Head of School since June 2017 and am delighted to be helping to guide the geographically largest group of Psychiatry trainees in the UK.

I am a committed Londoner, having been born in London, gone to school in London, trained in medicine at Guys and St Thomas's and completed my postgraduate training in General Adult Psychiatry at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. As a Consultant I have always worked in acute settings, firstly leading a single sex inpatient unit and recently moving to the health based Place of Safety at SLAM.

Throughout my career I have been involved in medical education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and was the Training Programme Director for the General Adult Higher training scheme at SLAM for almost 10 years. I am an advocate of academic training and have also been the academic TPD for Psychiatry trainees at SLAM/IoPPN, helped to organise the pan speciality KCL programme and am an elected member of the RCPsych Academic Faculty executive.

I have taken on this role at a time of both uncertainty and optimism for the NHS.  Psychiatry is a fascinating, rewarding but also challenging career. I plan to strengthen links between the School of Psychiatry and Undergraduate programmes, Foundation Schools and the RCPsych to maximise the mental health training opportunities available across both hospital and community settings. The diversity of our trainees is a strength of our programmes and we need to continue to support and encourage international medical graduates.  The landscape of the NHS is constantly changing and mental health provision is the subject of major review and transformation.  I will be working with the team at HEE to ensure that training develops alongside these changes. Finally,  mental health has a higher media profile than ever before and we need to engage with this to inform public understanding and reduce stigma.

Trainee involvement is a cornerstone of the School ethos and I am pleased that we have an active London Psychiatry Trainees committee and that we have regular HEE based regional training days. I look forward to meeting you at one of these very soon.

Dr Vivienne Curtis

Head of School of Psychiatry

Deputy Head of School

Dr Bill Travers is the Deputy Head for the School of Psychiatry and Consultant Psychiatry and Associate Director of Medical Education at North East London NHS Foundation Trust.

Vision

The vision for the London School of Psychiatry is:

  • World class education for world-class healthcare
  • Excellence of postgraduate training and education
  • Producing clinical leaders of tomorrow

 

Core Psychiatry (ST1-3):

  • Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (north west London)
  • South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (south east London) , South West London & St George's Mental Health Trust (south west London)

General Adult & Old Age Psychiatry (ST4+):

  • Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (north west London)
  • South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (south east London), South West London & St George's Mental Health Trust (south west London)

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry:

  • South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (south London)
  • St Mary's Scheme, 5 trusts
    • Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
    • West London NHS Trust
    • Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
    • North East London Foundation Trust
  • Royal London/GOSH

For more inforamtion please see the PDF on the right hand side

Forensic Psychiatry:

  • Central and North West London (north west London)
  • South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (south London)

Medical Psychotherapy:

  • Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (north west London)
  • South West London & St George's Mental Health Trust (south London)

Psychiatry of Learning Difficulties:

 

 

  • North London Higher Training Scheme - 11 posts across 5 Trusts
  • South London and Maudsley Higher Training Scheme - 5 posts
  • St George's Higher Training Scheme - 5 posts

 

 

For further information please review the PDF on the right side

 

Specialty units / Specialty areas in London information

Psychiatry is a vital and competitive specialty that evolves with the latest advances in medical technology. We provide training at world-renowned training institutions including the Tavistock and Portman and Institute of Psychiatry, alongside a number of excellent district general hospitals and specialist units including Broadmoor. Working with a diverse healthcare population across London, trainees will treat a cross-range of patients and medical conditions in urban communities.

Specialty Advisory Group or Pan London Forum information

The London Specialty School of Psychiatry holds Specialty Advisory Group (SAG) / Pan London Forum meetings three times per year. The purpose of this group is to bring together specialty leads from postgraduate medical training programmes across the three London local education and training board areas to consider issues of mutual interest in relation to Psychiatry training, and to foster and share good practice.

Find out more

The London Specialty School of Psychiatry runs a conference for trainees and trainers on an annual basis.  Details can be found on: https://secure.synapse.nhs.uk/schools-and-organisations/london-specialty

To find out more about training in Psychiatry, please visit the Royal College of Psychiatrists website at www.rcpsych.ac.uk

Contact us

Please visit our contacts page where you will find contact information regarding all training matters ((ARCP, rotational placements, revalidation, out of programme applications, intra London programme transfers, inter deanery transfers, integrated academic training, less than full time training and travel expenses).