What can you do?
Are you a trainee or consultant interested in Promoting
Recruitment into Psychiatry?
Here are 9 ways that you can contribute
Every practising Psychiatrist is a potential role model and
inspiration to students and trainees. Every contact we have with
school students, medical students and young doctors as important.
To make sure you make every such contact count, consider doing
Make yourself aware of the Student
Associate grade and promote it amongst your students.
Support your local Psychiatry
Society - offer to speak or help them find speakers.
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.
Consider providing workplace based experience for school
students. The College position statement on providing work
experience placements can be found on the
Consider running a Psychiatry Student Selected Module.
Support the development of Summer and
an Autumn School best practice model from the South West
Be a Foundation trainer or even provide a Taster.
Encourage Foundation doctors to continue to engage with the
College and promote the forthcoming FD membership grade and
Remember that “every moment counts” in nurturing future
psychiatrists, whether they are school students, medical students
or Foundation doctors.
We are keen to increase work experience
placements for senior school pupils in order to encourage students
to consider careers in psychiatry from earlier in their careers.
This statement outlines the College's support for psychiatrists and
organisations that offer year 12 and 13 students the opportunity
for work experience in psychiatry and provides advice on how
organisations can set up a process for organising work experience
placements in psychiatry.
Foundation Programme Taster Templates in
We are working to increase exposure to
psychiatry in the Foundation Programme. One way to achieve
this is to increase access to taster weeks in psychiatry.
Each College Faculty and Section has produced a template for a
taster week for foundation doctors in its specialty. We ask
Consultant Psychiatrists around the UK to consider setting up and
offering a taster week in psychiatry for foundation doctors, using
the appropriate template. If you are willing
Tell us about recruitment initiatives in your
We would love to hear from you about any
initiatives that you know of or that you are involved with locally,
such as psychiatry summer schools or supporting medical school
psychiatry society events. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with