Core Psychiatry Training

Details are correct at the time of advertising and are subject to change due to educational reasons and service reconfiguration.

The first years of training in psychiatry are spent in a wide variety of posts to ensure a robust and strong foundation from which to build your chosen specialist skills. Each post during this core training lasts for four or six months and trainees must obtain at least 12 months of experience in general psychiatry in addition to 6 months of older adults psychiatry and a placement in either learning disability or child and adolescent mental health.

They can also undertake posts in any of the other specialties of psychiatry of their choice within available resources in particular trust.

During core training, universal and necessary skills are developed in, for example, assessment of psychiatric conditions, mental state examinations and management of various clinical situations. Basic psychotherapy skills are developed with supervised therapy cases and progress in all aspects is monitored via workplace based assessments (WBPA) on an online portfolio.

Trainees have an identified a supervisor in each post, who is responsible for supervising clinical activity and providing an hour of weekly one-to-one educational supervision.  They also have an educational supervisor providing longer term guidance throughout core training.

Assuming satisfactory progress through formal exams and workplace-based assessments, this period of training lasts for three years.  Once a trainee has passed the two written exams (Paper A and B) and one clinical exam (CASC) which make up the Membership exams of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, they can become a full Member of the College and have earned the right to add MRCPsych after their name.  They are then able to progress to higher training in one of the six specialties: General Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Medical Psychotherapy, Learning Disability, Old Age Psychiatry or Forensic Psychiatry or dual training.

Training Programme Regions

Core training in Psychiatry is a three-year programme where trainees rotate around a number of placements enabling them to gain a rich experience of psychiatry. It is delivered in four regional areas. Specialty training is a three- to five-year programme where trainees specialise in an area of Psychiatry.

Core Psychiatry (CT1-3):

  • North Central based at
    • Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Foundation Trust
    • Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust
    • Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
    • Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
    • Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
    • Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
    • The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust
    • University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • North West based at
    • Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
    • West London Foundation Trust
  • North East based at
    • East London NHS Foundation Trust
    • North East London NHS Foundation Trust
  • South East London based at
    • Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust 
    • South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
  • South West based at
    • South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust

Core Psychiatry Training Programme Directors:

  • North Central London
    • Dr Bhaskar Punukollu
    • Dr Julian Summerfield
  • North East London
    • Dr Dewi Pritchard
    • Dr Luca Polledri
  • North West London
    • Dr Anne Patterson
    • Dr David Barbenel
    • Dr Sukhdip Bahia
  • South East London
    • Dr Richard Haslam
  • South West London
    • Dr Sara Beleil