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Speciality: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Programme Description
GMC Reference: NOS/473

Why choose this programme?

The national training scheme in Scotland was rated as the number one training scheme for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the UK in the GMC NTS in 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.

While the National training scheme in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Scotland is Scotland-wide, trainees are 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 NHS Lanarkshire and NHS Forth Valley
  • 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 NHS Highland

Higher training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry takes place over 3 years (FTE) in order to achieve CCT (Certificate of Completion of Training). Trainees gain experience through a variety of different placements within one of these regions, though trainees in the North receive their mandatory inpatient experience in the East region, in Dundee.  

Within the scheme there are core placements in generic community CAMHS teams where all trainees spend their ST4 year. Following this there are opportunities for more specialised placements in Paediatric Liaison, LD-CAMHS, Looked After Children Services, Forensic CA psychiatry, Neuro Psychiatry, including Neurology Liaison and Intensive treatment service. These specialised placements differ in their 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 West (Glasgow).  These specialised placements are for 6 months over a one-year period in either ST5 or ST6, 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 different Health Boards during their training which means placements 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 different Health Boards during their training which means placement in NHS Lothian, NHS Fife and NHS Borders.

Trainees in the North will have the opportunity to rotate through different Health Boards during their training which means placement in NHS Grampian, including Elgin, and NHS Highland.

Trainees in the West 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 take part in the Tayside wide Psychiatry on Call rota, while in the North, trainees are part of the city wide Psychiatry on Call rota

Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities

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 is the training delivered?
Training is delivered across:

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

Training for each Region is delivered across the following Health Board areas;


NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

  • Community placements in East Glasgow CAMHS, West Glasgow CAMHS, South Glasgow CAMHS, Renfrew CAMHS, East Renfrew CAMHS.
  • Specialized placements in Skye House Adolescent Inpatient Unit (Stobhill Hospital), National Child Psychiatry Inpatient Unit (Royal Hospital for Children), Paediatric Liaison (Royal Hospital for Children), Forensic-CAMHS

NHS Lanarkshire

  • Community placements in Camglen CAMHS, Clydesdale CAMHS, Hamilton CAMHS.
  • Specialized placements in Lanarkshire LD-CAMHS

NHS Forth Valley

  • Community placements in Falkirk CAMHS

NHS Ayrshire and Arran

  • Community placements in South Ayrshire CAMHS, Ayr; North Ayrshire CAMHS, Irvine

NHS Dumfries and Galloway

  • Community placements in Dumfries CAMHS


South East:

NHS Lothian

  • Community placements in North Edinburgh CAMHS, South Edinburgh CAMHS, Mid Lothian CAMHS in Penicuik and West Lothian CAMHS, St John’s Hospital, Livingston. 
  • Specialized placements in PPALS (Paediatric Psychology and Liaison Service), the Melville Unit (Adolescent Inpatient) - both are based at the Royal Hospital for Children &  Young People; Lothian LD-CAMHS; Lothian Tier 4 day programme and CAOT (CAMHS Intensive Outreach team)

NHS Fife

  • Community placements in Fife CAMHS, Playfield House, Stratheden Hospital. 
  • Specialized placements in Fife LD-CAMHS

NHS Borders

  • Community placements in Borders CAMHS, Andrew Lang Unit, Selkirk



NHS Tayside

  • Community placements in Dundee Locality CAMHS Team and Angus Locality CAMHS Team, both based in Centre for Child Health in Dundee; Perth Locality CAMHS Team in St Leonard's Bank, Perth.
  • Specialized placements in Dudhope Young People’s Inpatient Unit, Dundee



NHS Grampian

  • Community placements based in Aberdeen covering both the city and more peripheral localities across Grampian
  • Specialized placements in LD-CAMHS, Unscheduled Care and Eating Disorders

NHS Highland – Community placements in Phoenix Centre, Inverness

Contacts and Useful Links
Programme Type Deanery based or National: National
Administration office North of Scotland
Lead Dean / Director Professor Clare McKenzie
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
Programme Administrator: Named Programme Administrator: Lynda Service
Address: NHS Education for Scotland, Forest Grove House, Aberdeen
Tel: 01224 805132
Programme Director Programme Director Name: National TPD - Dr Gordon Wilkinson
Address: National Child Psychiatry Inpatient Unit Ward 4 Royal Hospital for Children Glasgow G51 4TF
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