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Speciality: General Psychiatry

Programme Description
GMC Reference: EOS/494


The East Deanery covers the geographical areas of Angus, Dundee and Perth & Kinross. Placements are within NHS Tayside.


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


During their three years, trainees will normally undertake placements lasting for one year although under certain circumstances placements can be for a shorter period of time. It would be expected that trainees would work in different geographical areas including both urban, and rural settings. This allows trainees to gain as wide an experience of general adult psychiatry as possible. All trainees contribute to out of hours medical cover, providing experience in the use of the Mental Health Act and in supervising junior trainees.


The majority of placements include core experience; this includes inpatient, outpatient and community-based work.  


There are a number of more specialised placements available within the scheme, including; Liaison Psychiatry, Addictions, Rehabilitation Psychiatry and Advanced Intervention Service (This is a National Service for the assessment and treatment of severe and chronic Treatment Resistant Depression and OCD). Trainees can choose to undertake a year in Liaison, Rehabilitation or Addiction Psychiatry and gain the relevant Endorsement from the Royal College of Psychiatrists in that sub-specialty. Experience in other specialties can be arranged within other regions of the Scottish Deanery.


In addition, trainees will be expected to undertake research and audit projects and become involved in teaching, at undergraduate level at the University of Dundee, and with graduate medical students from St Andrews University,  and also postgraduate teaching for core trainees. Weekly teaching sessions are run for trainees, including journal club presentations, Case Presentations and CASC practice.


With the approval of the Educational Supervisor / TPD, special interest sessions can also be arranged to provide additional clinical experience. These can include forensic, liaison, eating disorder, psychotherapies, perinatal psychiatry and other treatment modalities.


Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities

The Tayside rotation has for many years enjoyed a very positive reputation. There is a strong commitment to training, consultants and trainees play an active part in the development of the Scheme. Physical resources are generally excellent with a well-resourced library and postgraduate centre based at Carseview in Dundee.

There is a good range of subspecialty experience on offer and excellent opportunities to be involved in research through links with the University of Dundee Department of Psychiatry. There is an excellent range of learning opportunities and particularly well-organised psychotherapy supervision.

Tayside itself is a much sought after location with a good quality of lifestyle. There are many beautiful rural locations as well as the convenience of Dundee City and Perth. There are excellent transport links to other areas of Scotland.

Where is the training delivered?
Training is delivered across:

Carseview Centre, Dundee, Murray Royal Hospital, Perth, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, Perth Royal Infirmary, Stracathro Hospital, Angus, Wedderburn House, Dundee

This programme involves placements in some or all of these Health Boards and hospitals:


CMHT East - Outpatient, Alloway Centre

CMHT West - Outpatient, Wedderburn House

Inpatient Wards 1 and 2, Carseview Centre

IPCU, Carseview Centre, Dundee



CMHT North - Forfar/Kirriemuir/Montrose/Brechin Team, Whitehills Hospital Forfar

CMHT South – Arbroath/Monifieth Team, Gowanlea Centre, Arbroath

Inpatients – Mulberry Ward, Carseview Centre


Perth & Kinross

Outpatient Perth City Team, Cairnwell, Perth Royal Infirmary

Outpatients North Team, Blairgowrie Cottage Hospital & Murray Royal Hospital

Inpatients– Moredun Ward, Murray Royal Hospital

Rehabilitation – Amulree Ward, Murray Royal Hospital

Outpatients South Team, Crieff CMHT base and Murray Royal Hospital


Also at

Tayside Integrated Substance Misuse bases in Perth (Highland House) and Dundee (Constitution House)

Ninewells Hospital, Dundee (Liaison)

Contacts and Useful Links
Programme Type Deanery based or National: Deanery
Administration office East of Scotland
Lead Dean / Director Dr Nitin Gambhir
Responsible Associate Postgraduate Dean or Assistant Director (GP) Dr Greg Jones
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
Programme Administrator: Named Programme Administrator: Lynda Service, Programme Administrator
Address: NHS Education for Scotland Forest Grove House Foresterhill Road Aberdeen AB25 2ZP
Tel: 01224-805132
Programme Director Programme Director Name: Dr Samuel Wilson
Address: Rosebank Cottage Royal Cornhill Hospital Cornhill Road Aberdeen AB25 2ZH
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