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Speciality: General Psychiatry

Programme Description
GMC Reference: WOS/512

This regional programme is the largest in the Scotland Deanery, it covers a wide geographical area allowing experience in urban, semi-rural and rural settings. In addition to core general adult placements (a combination of inpatient, outpatient and community-based work) there are an extensive number of more specialised placements. These include: Early Intervention Services for Psychosis; Liaison Psychiatry; Addiction Psychiatry; Perinatal Psychiatry; Rehabilitation; Neuropsychiatry. During their three years (WTE)trainees will undertake placements lasting for one year in a number of different settings. Usually at least one year would be spent in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area and one in a more rural setting.

Prior to starting on the scheme, and before each change of placement, trainees will meet with the Training Programme Director to discuss the most appropriate post for their needs. This decision is based on the training requirements of the individual trainee as well as available placements and if possible, trainee preference is taken into account. The scheme aims to provide experience in all the areas covered by the college curriculum and to ensure that all the ILOs are met by the end of training. As well as clinical experience trainees will be expected to gain competencies in teaching, research and audit and management skills. There is also an increasing recognition of the importance of developing appropriate experience of psychotherapeutic techniques relevant to general adult psychiatry. There are extensive opportunities for all these activities.

An advanced trainee research committee helps with facilitating trainee involvement in local research. Currently a research matching scheme operates for trainees starting in ST4.  After presentations of active research projects by clinical researchers at the start of ST4, trainees are matched to a research project of their choosing with support from the researcher and research department. Trainees are then encouraged to develop research projects in subsequent years with appropriate support.

Teaching opportunities are available at both undergraduate and postgraduate level (local medical student teaching, involvement in the undergraduate curriculum at Glasgow University, teaching on the local MRCPsych course, etc.) as well as to other professions. Trainees are also encouraged to attend the University of Glasgow Academic Series in Psychiatry (UGASP) which is a lecture based academic and clinical programme for all psychiatrists in the region.

Advanced trainees in General Psychiatry attend a Thursday morning teaching session every fortnight during term time at which they will also develop presentational skills (clinical cases, research, audit projects etc.). There are also external speakers covering issues of more general interest. On the alternate Thursdays trainees will attend the local internal teaching sessions at each hospital site.

The West of Scotland advanced training programme in General Adult Psychiatry has an excellent reputation and those gaining a CCT from the programme have a history of favorable consultant job prospects. The high standard of the training programme is evidenced by results from recent GMC trainee surveys which continue to show the West of Scotland in a very positive light compared with the rest of the UK.

Further advantages of training in general adult psychiatry in the West of Scotland include the well-developed generic skills courses available from the Deanery and the support and camaraderie generated by having a large cohort of higher trainees

 

Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities

The openings for research in the West of Scotland are vast and there is support for starting a novel research project from scratch as well as frequent opportunities to join ongoing studies. The West of Scotland and the University of Glasgow has a proven track record for research in neuroimaging, neurobiology and CBT. The higher trainee research committee helps with facilitating trainee involvement in local research.  A research matching scheme is in underway. After presentations of active research projects by clinical researchers at the start of ST4, trainees are matched to a research project of their choosing with support from the researcher and research department. Trainees are then encouraged to develop research projects in subsequent years with appropriate support.

An annual audit is encouraged and expected from higher trainees. In terms of teaching, higher trainees are encouraged to participate in the lecture series for medical students at Glasgow University and for core trainees attending the MRCPsych course.

There is a well-developed teaching programme for higher trainees in general adult psychiatry in the West of Scotland. This follows the academic calendar and is held on a fortnightly basis. The programme includes guest lecturers presenting on topics that are relevant for higher trainees and presentations by trainees themselves. In addition, higher trainees attend the University of Glasgow Academic Series in Psychiatry (UGASP) which is a lecture based academic and clinical programme for all psychiatrists in the region. The West of Scotland higher training programme in General Adult Psychiatry has an excellent reputation and those gaining a CCT from the programme have a history of favorable consultant job prospects. The standard of the training programme was evidenced by the results of the recent GMC trainee survey which showed the West of Scotland in a very positive light compared with the rest of the UK. Leverndale hospital was awarded the William Cullen award for Teaching by the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh in 2017

Further advantages of training in general adult psychiatry in the West of Scotland include the well-developed generic skills courses available from the Deanery and the support and camaraderie generated by having a large cohort of higher trainees

 

 

 

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

Dykebar Hospital, Paisley, Forth Valley Royal Hospital - FVRH, University Hospital Hairmyres, East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, Inverclyde Royal Hospital, Greenock, Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow, University Hospital Wishaw, Lochgilphead Hospital, Argyle, Leverndale Hospital, Gartnavel Royal Hospital, Glasgow

Hospitals below and their associated CMHTs :

Woodlands View (Ayrshire)

Dykebar Hospital (Paisley)

Inverclyde Royal Hospital (Greenock)

Gartnavel Royal Hospital (Glasgow)

Leverndale Hospital (Glasgow)

Stobhill Hospital (Glasgow)

Forth Valley Royal Hospital

Hairmyers Hospital (Lanarkshire)

Wishaw Hospital (Lanarkshire)

Lochgilphead Hospital (Argyll)

Midpark Hospital (Dumfries and Galloway) 

 

 

 

 

Contacts and Useful Links
Programme Type Deanery based or National: Deanery
Administration office West of Scotland
Lead Dean / Director Professor Alastair McLellan
Responsible Associate Postgraduate Dean or Assistant Director (GP)
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: Lynda Service
Address: NHS Education for Scotland Forest Grove House Foresterhill Road Aberdeen AB25 2ZP
Tel: 01224 805132
Email: lynda.service@nes.scot.nhs.uk
Programme Director Programme Director Name: Wai Imrie
Address: Dr Wai Imrie Brand Street Resource Centre 150 Brand Street G51 1DH
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Email: wailan.imrie@ggc.scot.nhs.uk
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