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Speciality: Psychiatry - Core Training

Programme Description
GMC Reference: WOS/479 & WOS/480

This programme provides specialty learning opportunities in every sub specialty of Psychiatry including opportunities in perinatal, inpatient adolescent, inpatient forensic and academic Psychiatry which may not be available in other Deaneries. These opportunities can be accessed via discussion with Educational Supervisor and Training Programme Director who encourage trainees to pursue particular areas of interest for learning.

This programme provides numerous opportunities for involvement with audit, research and teaching with each trainee encouraged to participate in audit projects and teaching in every placement. Educational Supervisors are extremely supportive in providing both time and supervisory assistance with these areas.

These opportunities can be accessed by discussion with Educational Supervisor, local area College Tutor and Training Programme Director who will be happy to assist trainees both in accessing these opportunities and fulfilling them.

Rotations are organised via sub specialty and hospital site with most trainees completing at least six months general Psychiatry within their first year. Subsequent rotations will be organised depending on trainee preference and learning requirements. Rotations are discussed with the Training Programme Director both at the entry to programme and on an annual basis thereafter.

Trainees will have the opportunity to discuss choice of placement with the Training Programme Director with decisions on placements based on a variety of factors including trainee preference and learning requirements.

The West of Scotland runs a day release course in Psychiatry, which takes place every Thursday at Erskine Hospital. This provides trainees with both lecture based teaching and clinical practice time aimed both at preparing trainees for exams and improving clinical knowledge and skills for trainee development.

In addition each hospital runs an internal teaching programme with trainees given the opportunity to present cases, journals and audit with view to continuing professional development.

West of Scotland trainers in Psychiatry are exceptionally enthusiastic in providing trainees with the learning opportunities they require and the support to fulfill them. Trainees will have weekly supervision time with their Educational Supervisor, which provides an excellent opportunity to discuss a wide range of topics including clinical problems, educational objectives and other areas of concern, or indeed interest for the trainee.

Key markers of progress and success include the yearly ARCP process and Royal College of Psychiatry exams. West of Scotland Specialty training in Psychiatry provides trainees the opportunity to work and learn within an exciting, interesting and highly encouraging environment. It also provides the opportunity to experience a vast number of Psychiatric sub-specialties and patient populations with excellent educational supervision and support throughout

Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities

The programme also provides numerous opportunities for involvement with audit, research and teaching with each trainee encouraged to participate in audit projects and teaching in every placement. Educational supervisors are extremely supportive in providing both time and supervisory assistance with these areas.

Rotations are organised via sub specialty and hospital site with most trainees completing at least 6 months general adult psychiatry within their first year. Subsequent rotations will be organised depending on trainee preference and learning requirements. Rotations are discussed with the training program director both at the entry to program and on an annual basis thereafter.

Trainees rotate through wide variety of locations, including central sites such as the Southern General Hospital and Gartnavel Royal Hospital, and DGH sites such as Monklands District General Hospital.

The West of Scotland has a day release course in psychiatry, which takes place every Thursday at Erskine Hospital. This provides trainees with both lecture based teaching and clinical practice time aimed both at preparing trainees for exams and improving clinical knowledge and skills for trainee development.

In addition each hospital runs an internal teaching program with trainees given the opportunity to present cases, journals and audit with view to continuing professional development.

West of Scotland trainers in psychiatry are exceptionally enthusiastic in providing trainees with the learning opportunities they require and the support to fulfill them. Trainees will have weekly supervision time with their educational supervisor, which provides an excellent opportunity to discuss a wide range of topics including clinical problems, educational objectives and other areas of concern, or indeed interest for the trainee.

GATE - the Glasgow Academic Training Environment - offers additional training opportunity for academic trainees. GATE aims to foster academic development & training beyond academic FY, through Core Training / ST1 & 2 and across a broad range of specialties, to prepare trainees for subsequent application to competitive local and national research training programmes (eg MRC, Wellcome Trust, BHF etc). GATE provides academic mentorship to facilitate attainment of academic objectives that are additional to the requisite competencies required of Trainees.

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

Ailsa Hospital, Ayr, Argyll and Bute Hospital, Lochgilphead, University Hospital Ayr, University Hospital Crosshouse, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, Dykebar Hospital, Paisley, Forth Valley Royal Hospital - FVRH, University Hospital Hairmyres, East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, Inverclyde Royal Hospital, Greenock, University Hospital Monklands, Airdrie, The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow , Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow, Vale of Leven District General Hospital, Alexandria, University Hospital Wishaw, Leverndale Hospital, Parkhead Hospital, Glasgow, Gartnavel Royal Hospital, Glasgow

Ailsa Hospital
Airbles Road Centre
Ayrshire Central Hospital
Bannockburn Hospital
Coathill Hospital
Clackmannan County Hospital
Midpark Hospital (Dumfries & Galloway)
Crosshouse Hospital
Dunrowan Acute Day Hospital
Dykebar Hospital

Forth Valley Royal Hospital
Gartnavel Royal Hospital
Glasgow Royal Infirmary
Hairmyres Hospital
Hartwoodhill Hospital
Kildean Hospital
Kirklands Hospital
Leverndale Hospital
Monklands Hospital
Parkhead Hospital (Glasgow)
Ravenscraig Hospital
Royal Scottish National Hospital
Southern General Hospital
State Hospital
Stirling Royal Infirmary
Stobhill Hospital
Wishaw General Hospital
Woodstock Medical Centre

Contacts and Useful Links
Programme Type Deanery based or National: Deanery
Administration office West of Scotland
Lead Dean / Director Dr Amjad Khan
Responsible Associate Postgraduate Dean or Assistant Director (GP) Dr Seamus Mcnulty
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/postgraduate/general_psychiatry.asp
Programme Administrator: Named Programme Administrator: Larissa Spindler
Address: NHS Education for Scotland Forest Grove House Foresterhill Road Aberdeen AB25 2ZP
Tel: 01224 805133
Email: Larissa.Spindler@nes.scot.nhs.uk
Programme Director Programme Director Name: Dr Deborah Brown (North Scheme) and Dr Euan Easton (South Scheme)
Address: Dr Euan Easton Riverside CMHT Centre for Health and Care 547 Dumbarton Road Glasgow G11 6HU Dr Deborah Brown Springpark Centre 101 Denmark Street G22 5EU
Tel:
Email: Euan.Easton@ggc.scot.nhs.uk, deborah.brown@ggc.scot.nhs.uk
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