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Speciality: Core Psychiatry Training (CPT)

Programme Description
GMC Reference: SES/SRT/478

The South East of Scotland Deanery covers a wide geographical area and placements are available within the following Health Board Regions: * Lothian (including East, Mid and West Lothian) * Borders * Fife.

Core training takes place over 3 years in order to reach competencies to apply for Advanced Training.

During Core Training, trainees will normally undertake six 6 month posts, although longer (12 month) placements are arranged for General Adult Psychiatry posts. It would be expected that trainees would work in two or more hospital bases during Core training to gain a breadth of experience. Normally the first year will be spent in one hospital, with rotation to other hospitals in the second and third years of training based on the educational needs of the trainee.

Trainees will spend a minimum of 12 months each in General Adult Psychiatry, 6 months in Old Age Psychiatry and a further 6 months in subspecialty placement (Child or Learning Disability Psychiatry). Remaining placements may include Addictions, Forensic, Liaison, Psychotherapy, or Rehabilitation Psychiatry, depending on the trainee's requirements.

Trainees are expected to participate in the half day Psychiatry Curriculum Course at the RoyalEdinburghHospital in preparation for their RoyalCollege examinations, to undertake audit (or research) projects and to contribute to local teaching. Teaching sessions for trainees, including journal club presentations, take place on Wednesday mornings.

Trainees are also expected to attend the Psychotherapy Foundation Course, which takes place on Friday mornings. There is also a Special Lecture Series, which takes place on Wednesday afternoons during term time.

Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities

South East Scotland offers a diverse and rewarding training in Core Psychiatry, with access to a large range of specialties during the three year scheme, and supervision by an enthusiastic group of trainers. There is also excellent academic support for trainees, and several trainees have recently progressed to academic career streams towards the
end of their core years. South East Scotland also has very high pass rates for
both the three MRCPsych written papers and the CASC clinical exam. 

Since August 2014 we have been able to create a brand new core training post which has 4 dedicated sessions for research. This point is well supported by the local academic department, and the aim is for this arrangement to lead to the production of a piece of published research.

Where is the training delivered?
Training is delivered across:

Midlothian Community Hospital, Bonnyrigg, Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline, East Lothian Community Hospital, Royal Hospital for Children and Young People, 50 Little France Crescent, Edinburgh, EH16 4SF, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, St Johns Hospital, Livingston, Stratheden Hospital, Whytemans Brae Hospital, Kirkcaldy , Huntleyburn House, Melrose

Royal Edinburgh Hospital

Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Midlothian Community Hospital

East Lothian Community Hospital

St John's Hospital at Howden

Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline

Whyteman's Brae Hospital, Kirkcaldy

Stratheden Hospital, Cupar

Huntleyburn House, Melrose

Contacts and Useful Links
Programme Type Deanery based or National: Deanery
Administration office South-East of Scotland
Lead Dean / Director Professor Clare McKenzie
Responsible Associate Postgraduate Dean or Assistant Director (GP) Dr Rhiannon Pugh
Specialty or Sub-specialty Specialty or Sub-specialty: Specialty
Date of GMC recent approval December 2023
Associated Royal College - Faculty
Royal College of Psychiatrists (web site)
Curriculum and Associated Assessment System
Programme Administrator: Named Programme Administrator: Fiona Brown
Address: NHS Education for Scotland, Forest Grove House, Foresterhill Road, AB25 2ZP
Programme Director Programme Director Name: Dr Norman Nuttall
Address: Dr Norman Nuttall c/o Secretary: Stacey Knox - Royal Edinburgh Hospital Morningside Terrace Edinburgh EH10 5HF
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