Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education has four National Training Numbers in Old Age Psychiatry. Training placements are offered in three providing Trusts; Devon Partnership Trust, Livewell Southwest and Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Of the three years in training, it is expected that at least one placement would be in a different organisation to the other two. The trainee’s placements would be agreed each year with the trainee and this would be based on the trainee’s learning needs, their choice, previous experience and availability of posts.
Of the three years of training, at least two will be spent in Old Age Psychiatry. During these years you will be expected to gain experience of, at least, six months of both inpatient and outpatient and community training, along with experience of managing patients detained under The Mental Health Act. The third year can be spent in a different, but appropriate specialty, such as general adult, forensic, learning disability or old age psychiatry. This would usually be the middle year of training.
Each training post has a weekly time-table which includes one session per week for special interest and one session per week for research. These sessions should be agreed with your Educational Supervisor and Training Programme Director.
It is expected that each trainee would achieve the curriculum competencies described by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. These would be assessed at the Annual Review of Competencies and Progression (ARCP).
All three Trusts have a commitment to teaching medical students from The University of Exeter Medical School and Plymouth University (Peninsula School of Medicine) and opportunities to teach other professional groups, GP’s, carer’s and patients groups and will also arise. The local MRCPsych course, held weekly for the core trainees, is also a good opportunity to gain experience.
Research activities should be discussed with your Educational Supervisor. This could either be your own project or part of a larger university or portfolio project. Each Trust has a research lead, who could be approached for further information and local opportunities.
The Curriculum requires demonstration of psychotherapy competencies and each Trust will have a Psychotherapy Tutor or lead and can be approached for advice. There is also the opportunity spend a year training in the psychotherapy department in Exeter for those wishing to gain a deeper experience. Special interest sessions can also be used to enhance clinical skills in this area.
As a senior trainee you will be expected to partake in audit meetings and carry out your own audits on, at least, an annual basis.
You will be encouraged to get involved in a local management project e.g. service redesign, or other management projects. Some trainers have special interests or specific management roles, and would be happy to involve trainees. The deanery has a “Professional Skills Programme” for doctors in training, which is good opportunity for senior trainees to understand the wider issues and gain the training necessary to become a future Educational Supervisor, in the consultant role. This course is run by the Deanery. Other programmes are available including Edward Jenner Leadership programme run by the NHS.
The higher specialist trainees in general adult and old age psychiatry meet every two months for an educational day. These days are organised in rotation and the programmes are put together by the host trainee. This is an opportunity to meet regularly with peers. This usually includes a business meeting to discuss rotational issues, to which the Training Programme Director is invited. Other sources of support would include Clinical Educational Supervisor, Training Programme Director and more specialist support is available from Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education.
Dual training in General Adult and Old Age Psychiatry is offered in Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education. The numbers of training posts available varies from year to year. The numbers of posts for a particular year would be advertised at the same time as single CCT’s. Trainees will spend two years in General Adult Psychiatry and two years in Old Age Psychiatry, with the expectation that both Old Age posts would include inpatient and community experience and managing detained patients under The Mental Health Act. One year would be spent in Core General Adult Psychiatry and the second post could include an endorsable subject, such as rehabilitation psychiatry, substance misuse or liaison.
Please see the role description page for further information on Old Age Psychiatry training.
Please see the School Structure page for Head of School, Training Programme Director, College Tutor and School Management contact details.