Speciality: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Why choose this programme?
The national training scheme in Scotland has been rated in the GMC NTS as the number one training scheme for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the UK (2016). The NHS in Scotland does not have commissioning and has continued with the previously established junior doctor contract rather than implement the new junior doctor contract of England and Wales.
The national training scheme in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Scotland is Scotland wide, but trainees will be based in one of four geographical regions;
- The West, which includes five Health Boards, NHS Ayrshire and Arran, NHS Dumfries and Galloway, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NSH Lanarkshire
- The South East, which includes three Health Boards, NHS Borders, NHS Fife and NHS Lothian
- The East, which includes one Health Board, NHS Tayside
- The North, which includes two Health Boards, NHS Grampian and Highlands
Trainees will spend their training time within one of these regions, but for the mandatory inpatient experience, trainees in the North will receive their inpatient experience in the East in Dundee.
Within the scheme there are core placements in generic community CAMHS teams where all trainees will spend the ST4 year. After that there is the opportunity for specialised placements in Paediatric Liaison, CAMHS LD, Looked After Children Services, Forensic CA psychiatry, Neuro Psychiatry, including Neurology Liaison and Intensive treatment service. These specialised placements differ in availability around the country. All trainees will spend six months (FTE) in a child or adolescent inpatient unit. The Adolescent Inpatient Units are based in the East (Dundee), West (Glasgow) and South East (Edinburgh|) and the National Child Inpatient Unit is based in Glasgow in the West.
Higher training in Child and Adolescent psychiatry takes place over three years in order to achieve CCT (Certificate of Completion of Training). During the three years’ trainees will normally undertake their first placement lasting for one year in a community CAMHS team, and their specialised placements are likely to be for six months over a one-year period in ST5 or ST 6 with the other year being spent in a community CAMHS post or in further specialised posts depending on training needs and local resources.
Trainees in the West will have the opportunity to rotate through differing Health Boards during their training which means placement in Ayrshire and Arran, Dumfries and Galloway, Forth Valley or Lanarkshire, as well as within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
Trainees in the south east will have the opportunity to rotate through differing Health Boards during their training which means placement in NHS Lothian, NHS Fife and/or NHS Borders.
Trainees in the north will have the opportunity to rotate through differing Health Boards during their training which means placement in NHS Grampian, including Elgin, and NHS Highland.
Trainees in the West will take part in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Out of Hours CAP rota. Trainees in the South East take part in the NHS Lothian CAP out of hours’ rota. Trainees in the East will take part in the Tayside wide Psychiatry on Call rota. Currently in the north, trainees are part of the Child psychiatry rota for the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital at weekends.
There is a mandatory research competency within the GMC approved curriculum. This will be achieved within the first year of training, where two sessions are set aside each week for trainees to complete a structured review of research literature in one aspect of Child Mental Health. Thereafter they can continue with research and it is encouraged that they do this within their second year with the consideration of either further research or special interest sessions in their final year. There are many research opportunities available throughout the different regions in Scotland.
The professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Professor Minnis is based in the West and Senior Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Dr Justin Williams, is based in the North. There are 2 SCREDS posts based in the south east and the west. Both posts are currently vacant.
In terms of Audit, trainees are expected to complete two different cycles of audit within their training and there is active encouragement within all of their placements. As all four regions are attached to Universities, there are ample opportunities for teaching medical students as well as locally participating in Junior Doctor teaching. Management activities are particularly encouraged within ST6 and many of the trainers have additional management responsibilities that trainees can link into.
There is a National Academic Programme based in Perth that runs on 10 Mondays throughout the academic term. There are also 10 days allocated to local teaching which is currently running in the north, the west and the south east. East trainees will make a commitment to one of the 3 areas where local teaching is being run and attend that area.
Where the training is delivered
This programme involves placements in some or all of these Health Boards and hospitals:
Carseview Centre, Dundee, University Hospital Crosshouse, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Ayrshire central Hospital, Dudhope House, Dundee, Forth Valley Royal Hospital - FVRH, The Manor, Falkirk, Murray Royal Hospital, Perth, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, Perth Royal Infirmary, Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital, Royal Cornhill Hospital, Aberdeen, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, The Royal Hospital for Children Glasgow, The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow , St Johns Hospital, Livingston, Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow, Stratheden Hospital, Vale of Leven District General Hospital, Alexandria, Dr Grays Hospital, Elgin, Centre for Child Health, Dundee, Young Peoples Unit, Dundee, Aberdeen Childrens Hospital, Aberdeen, Rowan Centre, Elgin, Shenavall Centre, Inverness, Phoenix centre, Raigmore Hospital ,Inverness, St Leonard's Bank, Perth, Kirklands Hospital, Bothwell, Lynebank Hospital, Dunfermline, Royal Hospital for Sick Children Edinburgh, Andrew Lang Unit Selkirk, Hunter Health centre, East Kilbride, Rutherglen Primary care Centre,Rutherglen, Airbles Rd, Motherwell, Midpark Hospital , Dumfries, the Aranthrue centre, the West centre, Larkfield Clinic, Southbank Clinic Templeton clinic,the Acorn centre- all NHSGGC, West Glasgow Ambulatory care Hospital.
Carseview Centre, Dundee, University Hospital Crosshouse, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Dudhope House, Dundee, Forth Valley Royal Hospital - FVRH, Murray Royal Hospital, Perth, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, Perth Royal Infirmary, Royal Aberdeen Childrens Hospital, Royal Hospital for Children and Young People, 50 Little France Crescent, Edinburgh, EH16 4SF, Royal Cornhill Hospital, Aberdeen, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, The Royal Hospital for Children Glasgow, The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow , St Johns Hospital, Livingston, Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow, Stratheden Hospital, Vale of Leven District General Hospital, Alexandria, Dr Grays Hospital, Elgin, Centre for Child Health, Dundee, Young Peoples Unit, Dundee, Rowan Centre, Elgin, Phoenix Centre, Inverness, St Leonards Bank, Perth, Kirklands Hospital, Bothwell, Lynebank Hospital, Dunfermline
North and North-East of Scotland – placements in Aberdeen hospitals, Inverness and Elgin;
C AMHS Links Unit, City Hospital (N103H), Scottish NHS Site, Urquhart Road. Aberdeen
Shenavall Centre, Inverness
Rowan centre, Elgin
|Programme Type||Deanery based or National: National |
|Administration office||North of Scotland|
|Lead Dean / Director||Dr Amjad Khan|
|Responsible Associate Postgraduate Dean or Assistant Director (GP)||Dr Daniel Bennett|
|Specialty or Sub-specialty||Specialty or Sub-specialty: Specialty|
|Date of GMC recent approval||August 2010|
|Associated Royal College - Faculty
Royal College of Psychiatrists (web site)
|Curriculum and Associated Assessment System|
Named Programme Administrator:
Address: NHS Education for Scotland, Forest Grove House, Aberdeen
Tel: 01224 805132
Programme Director Name: National TPD - Dr Ereni Skouta
Address: Tier 4 Outpatient CAMHS Royal Edinburgh Hospital
|Quality of Training||Quality Management|