Core Psychiatry Training

Aims of the School

The aims of the School are to develop psychiatrists with the correct range of skills and attributes required for specialist practice in today’s NHS, as well as equipping them with the spirit and skills for continued personal development throughout their professional career.  Thus the trained psychiatrist will be knowledgeable, able to apply the principles of evidence based medicine in their every day practice, and have a range of high level clinical skills.  This will enable them to employ a full range of psychological and biological therapies in a consistent fashion which is beneficial for patients today and in the future.  They will be a team worker operating with values and attitudes portrayed in contemporary professional literature.
 

Outline of Training Model

The model for training is based upon an outcome based curriculum. Doctors will enter specialist training in psychiatry after Foundation Year 2. Trainees will move through the three years of Core training provided they demonstrate progress at the Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP).  This progress requires the development of specific competencies as assessed by trainers and educational supervisors, and passing the Royal College of Psychiatrists Membership exams.  Trainees can then apply for Advanced training in one of the subspecialties; the outcome of training will be one of six Certificates of Completed Training (CCTs);- General Adult Psychiatry, Old Age Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychiatry of Learning Disability, Psychotherapy and Forensic Psychiatry. This may change subject to College consultation on the future number of CCTs

In Core training, we aim to make your years as a Trainee as educationally stimulating and enjoyable as possible to prepare you for Advanced training and later consultant responsibilities. Your training should equip you in a wide range of clinical and non-clinical competencies and also ensure that you have a network of colleagues in all the fields of psychiatry. The training scheme offers the benefits of a wide range of clinical and non-clinical opportunities. You will have the opportunity to develop teaching and managerial skills in order to ensure your readiness for specialist status.

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