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Speciality: General Psychiatry

Programme Description
GMC Reference: NOS/860

 Why choose this programme?

 

The North of Scotland offers an excellent   range of training posts in General Adult Psychiatry in various North of   Scotland locations including Aberdeen,   Aberdeenshire, Elgin/Moray and Inverness/Highland. Candidates may state   preferences for post locations and although placements are competitive, we   would do our best to accommodate choices wherever possible.

 Trainees will work in a variety of   geographical areas including urban, semi-rural and rural settings. This allows trainees to gain as wide an experience of general adult psychiatry as   possible. For those based in Royal Cornhill Hospital   in Aberdeen, usually at least one year will be   spent in Aberdeen City and at least one   year in Aberdeenshire which is rural or semi-rural. Some trainees may be   placed in Inverness or Moray (Elgin)   for part or all of their training, particularly if they express a preference   for this. Rural/semi–rural placements require a driving licence and access to   a car. A car is also useful for city placements and for travel on-call   between the psychiatric hospital and general hospital.

 Royal Cornhill Hospital (RCH) is the main psychiatric teaching hospital and is situated approximately 15 minutes’ walk from Aberdeen city centre. Its other advantage is that a large number of psychiatric staff,   posts, specialties and wards are located in one large teaching and clinical   complex. It is also a 6 minute walk from the major general teaching hospital   Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI). Outpatient clinics are held within RCH and in   numerous GP practices and cottage hospitals throughout Grampian. This   provides opportunities for experience in both city, rural and remote practice.

 Elgin and   Inverness provide clinical experience more   in keeping with district general hospital psychiatry, with a mixture of both   urban and rural and remote community psychiatry.

 

Specialty Information

 

 

Higher training in General Adult   Psychiatry (ST4-6) takes place over 3 years in order to reach CCT   (Certificate of Completion of Training).

Higher training in Dual General Adult and Old Age (ST4-7) takes place over 4 years (2 years General Adult and 2 years Old Age) in order to reach CCT   (Certificate of Completion of Training).  

During their three years, trainees will undertake either 12 month placement in their core placement or 2x6 month placements in General Psychaitry or Old Age Psychiatry, although some placements may be for shorter periods. In some cases there are   shared placements, either with two consultants in the same specialty or with   two consultants in different specialties/sub-specialties.

The majority of placements involve core   experience including inpatient, outpatient and community–based work. There   are a number of more specialised placements available including Substance   Misuse, Eating Disorders, Liaison Psychiatry, Rehabilitation Psychiatry and   Perinatal Psychiatry. In appropriate cases, trainees may choose to undertake   a year in Liaison, Rehabilitation or Substance Misuse and gain an Endorsement   from the Royal College of Psychiatrists in that specialty.

Higher trainees will be involved in   teaching undergraduates and core trainees, including (in RCH) weekly departmental   term-time case conferences and journal club presentations. Undergraduate   teaching can also involve half-day structured tutorial sessions involving   group discussions, didactic teaching and role–play consultations using   professional actors as patients.

 

Appropriate guidance, support and  supervision will be provided.

   

 

Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities

Trainees will choose, arrange and   undertake:   •approved weekly research / audit session;   •approved weekly special interest session to provide additional clinical experience;   •if deemed appropriate, trainees may combine these two sessions and use them for either research or some special purpose/training approved by the TPD.

Where is the training delivered?
This programme involves placements in some or all of these Health Boards and hospitals:

New Craigs Hospital, Inverness, Royal Cornhill Hospital, Aberdeen, Western Isles Hospital, Stornoway

North of   Scotland – placements in Aberdeen hospitals, Inverness and the Western   Isles;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Royal   Cornhill hospital, Aberdeen

New CraigsHospital,   Inverness

Western   Isles Catchment (remote and rural attachment)

 

Contacts and Useful Links
Programme Type Deanery based or National: Deanery
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 http://www.gmc-uk.org/education/general_psychiatry.asp
Programme Administrator: Named Programme Administrator: Lynda Service
Address: NHS Education for Scotland, Forest Grove House, Aberdeen
Tel: 01224 805132
Email: Lynda.Service@nes.scot.nhs.uk
Programme Director Programme Director Name: Dr Priti Singh
Address: Block A, Royal Cornhill Hospital, Cornhill Road, Aberdeen, AB25 2ZH Tel: 01224 557276
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Email: priti.singh1@nhs.net
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