Speciality: General Psychiatry
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. New Craigs Hospital in Inverness provides psychiatric service for NHS Highland which allows us to offer a unique experience in remote and rural psychiatry. New Craigs offers the full range of psychiatric services and posts can be provided in the majority of psychiatric sub specialities. Higher trainees can gain endorsements in several of these including addictions, rehabilitation and psychotherapy.
There is a range of inhouse teaching including a journal club, case conferences, Balint Group and mental state meetings. Higher trainees are encouraged to take an active role in teaching and training of medical student and core trainees. Core trainees will spend their first year in 6 months posts in either general adult or older adult psychiatry with the opportunity of gaining further experience in the subspecialties in following years
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).
Higher training in Dual General Adult and Psychotherapy (ST4-8) takes place over 5 years) 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.
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.
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)
|Programme Type||Deanery based or National: Deanery |
|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||http://www.gmc-uk.org/education/general_psychiatry.asp|
Named Programme Administrator:
Address: NHS Education for Scotland, Forest Grove House, Aberdeen
Tel: 01224 805132
Programme Director Name: Dr Samuel Wilson
Address: Rosebank Cottage Royal Cornhill Hospital Cornhill Road Aberdeen AB25 2ZH
Tel: 01224 557618
|Quality of Training||Quality Management|