West Midlands Postgraduate School of Psychiatry


The School of Psychiatry aims to maintain the highest standards of care with the welfare and safety of patients at the centre of everything we do.

Training in psychiatry is divided into Core Psychiatry Training, which is for a period of three years, followed by a further three years of training in a specialty area. 

You can find out more about careers and training in psychiatry for medical students and foundation doctors, visit the Royal College of Psychiatrists.  Training in Psychiatry can take many forms, for more information on the training pathways, please have a look here. Curricula for each training pathway can also be found here

The school aims to provide for each trainee a first year of training in a single unit where they rotate through three four month posts in General Adult Psychiatry, enabling the trainee to become familiar with the speciality and launch their career from a stable personal base.  The next two years will be in proximal locations in order to minimise unwarranted disruption and will give the trainee exposure to some of the other specialties through six month attachments.

Those in core training programmes will spend the full three years of core training in one of 5 clusters depending on the region of West Midlands that you are training in. There is the Staffordshire and Shrophsire cluster, the Black Country cluster, the Birmingham cluster, the Coventry and Warwick cluster and the Hereford and Worcester cluster. Each of the clusters is able to fully deliver the range of experience, including specialty experience in psychiatry that you will require for your core training, for its assessment and examination purposes.  After the annual interview and selection process, successful applicants will be asked to express their preferences to inform the allocation.  The key principles that will guide this allocation are your preferences and these will then be considered against your interview score and in some instances, your particular personal circumstances. 

All posts are approved for training by GMC.