The Psychiatric Trainees'
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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,
Training and Standards 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 membership.
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.
Membership of the PTC provides a
range of valuable opportunities for trainees, and fulfils an
important function of the College. The events of recent years have
clearly demonstrated the need for the profession’s active
involvement in determining our future. Experience with the
committee also allows you to understand first-hand the challenges
that the profession is facing as a whole. There are significant
networking opportunities that bring one in contact with like-minded
people who want to raise the standard of training in this
Details of how to get involved with
the PTC can be obtained from this website, or by
The Canadian Psychiatric Association’s
Annual Conference is the largest psychiatric continuing
professional development program in Canada. Each year, more than
1,200 psychiatrists and other mental health care professionals
attend the conference to keep up-to-date on the latest research,
exchange ideas, and network with colleagues from across the
There is an exciting opportunity for a
trainee to join our PTC chair for the next conference to be held in
Toronto, Ontario between 11-13th September,
So what do I have to do?
We are looking for articles of up to 800
words for our next newsletter on the theme of "Psychiatry
Tomorrow". It can be on anything ranging from how you see the
future of training in psychiatry to the development of new
treatment methods. You can interpret this brief as creatively as
you like - we are really looking forward to seeing your ideas.
The lucky winner will be awarded a free
place at the conference. The cost of travel (economy class) and
accommodation will be included. Up to five runner ups will have
their articles published in our next newsletter.
Entries will be judged anonymously by the
PTC officers and members of the College staff.
Sounds great - What's the deadline? and
Where do I send my entries?
The deadline to send your entries is 16th
March, 2014. Please send your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org
marked with the subject header 'Newsletter Competition'. Good
Each year elections will be held for half of
the Divisions. Elections shall be held for the North West,
Scottish, South East, Trent, Welsh and West Midland Divisions in
one year followed by elections for Eastern, Northern and Yorkshire,
London, Ireland (North), Ireland (South), and South West Divisions
in the following year.
The following Divisions are up for election
- North West
- West Midlands
- South East
- Scotland (6 reps)
PTC Job Descriptions
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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Last updated 17/04/2014