The Psychiatric Trainees'
Welcome message from Dr Howard Ryland, PTC Chair
I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and
the Psychiatric Trainees’ Committee (PTC). The PTC representatives
are elected by you and we maintain these web pages, which will
hopefully be a useful source of information for you when it comes
to issues that affect your training.
The last few years have been a period of great
change and uncertainty within postgraduate medical education, and
further developments continue to be made. We are fortunate in that
trainees are represented at all levels within the College and as
such we can ensure our views are heard when it comes to these
Please do communicate with your local PTC
representatives about any training issues, and please also feel
free to contact the PTC officers.
Structure and Aims of the PTC
The Committee has divided itself in to five
groups to better address the issues that matter to trainees:
- The Welfare group looks at all aspects
of trainee wellbeing, including how support systems can be
developed to give people a better experience of training.
- The Exams group seeks to ensure that
the MRCPsych exams are fair and high quality. It is also
working to canvas the views of psychiatrists about a possible exit
- The Recruitment group looks at ways to
encourage medical students and Foundation doctors to consider a
career in psychiatry.
- The Training and Evidence group
focuses on understanding the educational impact of recent changes
to services and considering ways that training could be
- The Communications group’s role is to
engage with trainees and ensure that information is shared
Please feel free to contact us regarding any
training issues and consider standing as a representative
Information about the PTC
Follow the PTC on Twitter and Facebook
Membership of the PTC
The Psychiatric Trainees’ Committee
(PTC) consists of 37 elected members, three from each Division
(the regional sub-groups that represent each area of England),
three from Wales, three from Northern Ireland, two from each of the
three Scottish regions and one from the armed forces. At least one
member per division must be a pre-membership psychiatric trainee.
There are also an additional 9 co-opted members, three for the
London Division, one from The Irish College of Psychiatrists, one
from Hong Kong, one Medical Student SA, one Foundation Doctor SA,
one Carer observer, and one Service User observer. The immediate
past PTC Chair and the Dean are ex-officio members.
Elections are held in half of the
Divisions every year, with members serving a two-year term with the
possibility of being re-elected for a further two years. The
committee meets at the College four times a year, including once
which is an annual residential meeting to welcome the new
committee members. The PTC often forms working groups of four or
five members in order to formulate ideas about particular training
issues. A Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary are elected annually
from within the PTC membership. Elections for Student Associate
Members occur every year, as these members serve a one year
The Role of the PTC
The committee structure of the
College is split into two broad arms. The first is responsible for
the overall management and control of College affairs, and is
headed by the Council. The second structure formulates and ratifies
all aspects of educational policy and reports to the Education and
Training Committee. The PTC sends a representative to almost every
committee in the College and the trainee representatives do far
more than observe the workings of these committees, and take an
active role in influencing College policy. PTC representatives on
other committees are elected annually from within the PTC
The PTC is represented at the
Academy of Medical Royal Colleges via the Academy Trainee Doctors’
Group, and at the BMA Junior Doctors’ Committee meetings.
Representatives of the PTC attend meetings of the European
Federation of Psychiatric Trainees and are involved in various
working groups looking at training issues across Europe.
The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges' has
developed a Charter for Postgraduate Training, which
highlights the value of the Doctor in Training. The PTC have
representation on the Academy’s Trainee Doctor Group (ATDG) and
have been instrumental in the creation of this document.
Please take the time to read this and share the Charter with your
Click here to read
'A Charter for Postgraduate Medical Training: Value of the Doctor
Each year elections will be held for half of
the Divisions. Elections shall be held for the North West,
Scottish, South East, Trent, Welsh, Ireland (North), and West
Midland Divisions in one year followed by elections for Eastern,
Northern and Yorkshire, London, Ireland (South), and South West
Divisions in the following year.
Please read the Committee Member job description carefully,
before nominating yourself, to ensure you are able to
fulfil all responsibilities. The nomination form
must be completed in full, according to the instructions provided
in the form.
If we receive more than one nomination per
post then elections will be held throughout August so please
ensure you provide us with an up to date email address.
Nominations must arrive no later than
Monday 4th August, 2014.
If you are elected you will be expected to
attend the PTC residential, more information can be found here.
The following Divisions are up for election
Student associate election will be taking place
PTC Job Descriptions
For more details regarding the PTC elections please contact
Future PTC meeting dates
All PTC Members are asked to note
that it was agreed at the 2003 PTC Residential Meeting that members
who fail to attend two consecutive PTC meetings, and do not forward
apologies to the PTC
, or find an alternative attendee, should be voted off
Annual PTC Residential meeting dates
The 2014 Annual PTC
Residential will be held in Newcastle
on 26 & 27 September 2014.
The PTC have an Annual Residential meeting which are held
on a rotating basis in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and
Wales. The locations of the most recent Annual Residential
2008: Birmingham, England
2009: Belfast, Northern Ireland
2010: Edinburgh, Scotland
2011: London, England
2012: Cardiff, Wales
2013: Belfast, Northern Ireland
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