The aim of training is to develop the required knowledge, skills and expertise required for entry onto the GMC specialist register for Learning Disability Psychiatry. 

To gain comprehensive training in the clinical, academic and management skills required to work as a consultant psychiatrist in learning disability.

The Peninsula scheme offers excellent opportunities for training and development in a range of urban and rural settings, with a range of healthcare providers. Trainees are expected to rotate through three posts, spending approximately 12 months in each.  There are excellent employment opportunities in the region following completion of training.

Clinical placements are diverse, each offering the opportunity to work in highly regarded community teams.  Trainees are encouraged to develop a broad range of clinical skills, as required for consultant work. Particular focus includes the community management of highly complex individuals, forensic learning disability work, a nationally recognised dementia assessment and screening programme, epilepsy management and inpatient work. Due to the geography in the South West trainees will need to have access to a car.

Special interests are actively encouraged and trainees are supported to develop their own interests.  Opportunities include experience in neuropsychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry and specialist autism assessment services.

There is a strong local research base, linked to the universities of Exeter and Plymouth, which is internationally recognised.  Trainees are encouraged to take an active part in research projects and numerous opportunities are constantly available.

Trainees gain experience in a number of provider models which gives the opportunity to understand the modern healthcare delivery environment and provides excellent opportunities for the development of management skills.  The organisations are very open to trainees getting involved in management projects.

Trainees are expected to attend the monthly Avon Learning Disability Education and Research Network educational programme in Bristol.  This provides access to a lively and interesting educational programme as well as much needed peer support.  There are also a number of Core Trainees (usually CT3s) attached to the learning disability teams in the region which gives the higher trainee opportunities to develop their own supervision and teaching skills, as well as further peer support. Higher trainees across the region also meet on a monthly basis from all subspecialties and learning disability trainees are always welcome.

Please see the School Structure page for Head of School, Training Programme Director, College Tutor and School Management contact details.