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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

What can you do?

Are you a trainee or consultant interested in Promoting Recruitment into Psychiatry?

Here are 9 ways that you can contribute

It has always been my view that every single member of the College needs to take responsibility for recruitment. We need to regard every contact we have with school students, medical students and young doctors as important. In each such contact we are in effect an “advert for psychiatry” either for good or for ill. Specifically, consider doing one or even all of the following:

  1. Make yourself aware of the Student Associate grade and promote it amongst your students.
  2. Support your local Psychiatry Society - offer to speak or help them find speakers.
  3. Consider supporting your PTC reps to start a Buddy Scheme in your area if none exist. The PTC has guidance on the setting up and running of buddy schemes and will be able to identify trainees happy to take part.
  4. Consider providing workplace based experience for school students. The College position statement on providing work experience placements can be found on the College website.
  5. Consider running a Psychiatry Student Selected Module.
  6. Support the development of Summer and Autumn Schools.
  7. Read an Autumn School best practice model from the South West Division.
  8. Be a Foundation trainer or even provide a Taster.
  9. Encourage Foundation doctors to continue to engage with the College and promote the forthcoming FD membership grade and Foundation webpages.
  10. Remember that “every moment counts” in nurturing future psychiatrists, whether they are school students, medical students or Foundation doctors.

As ever we welcome input and suggestions from the membership on what we can do differently. Please feel free to contact me.


Dr Tom Brown

Associate Registrar (Recruitment into Psychiatry)


Dr Tom Brown’s full report to Council can be accessed here.

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