Trainees enter Old Age Psychiatry Specialty Training after successfully completing both the Foundation Training Programme (or having evidence of equivalence) and either the Core Psychiatry Training programme or the early years (ST1-ST3) of the run-through Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training programme.

Core psychiatry training provides experience in the different areas of psychiatric practice by rotation through four to six month training posts. You need at least 36 months’ whole time experience in psychiatry (not including foundation modules) or 36 months’ whole time training in psychiatry posts in an EU country before being accepted for ST4 training. Additional qualifications such as an intercalated degree are desirable.

Health Education North West – North Western is the responsible organisation for coordinating  CT1 and ST4 recruitment to Psychiatry training posts within the NHS.  This responsibility is carried out on behalf of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Recruitment to psychiatry is conducted twice yearly for August and February commencement. This means that you complete one online application and state your LETB/Deanery preferences, rather than submitting multiple applications. The website for this application is Oriel. This will enable applicants to register, view vacancies, apply, schedule and manage interviews within the one online portal.

As an essential criterion, you must have MBBS or equivalent medical qualification and MRCPsych examination. This will include passing your Paper A, Paper B and CASC. Please have a look on the Royal College of Psychiatry website for more information about exams. You must also show evidence of achievement of CT/ST1 and CT/ST2 competences in psychiatry at time of application or confirmation that these will be achieved by time of appointment