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

Supported and Valued

The Psychiatric Trainees’ Committee (PTC) is a national community representing psychiatric trainees within the United Kingdom.

We believe passionately that through driving improvements in the quality of training and through supporting and valuing each other, we can improve the quality of care and the lives of people with mental illness.

In response to the Junior Doctor Contract dispute in England, we recognised that there was an urgent need to review morale and training within psychiatry across all four nations and that all voices must be given a chance to be heard.

Divisional representatives of the PTC organised and led a series of regional focus groups. These were held across all eleven regional divisions of the Royal College of Psychiatrists between June 2016 – January 2017. This was followed by a national survey. Each focus group concentrated on three key lines of enquiry, highlighting what trainees thought was currently working well and what steps we could take to improve in the future.

We are proud to publish our final review ‘Supported and Valued’. We believe that the quality of psychiatric training and the opportunities we receive exceeds many other specialties. However, to maintain this advantage, we must expand on areas of good practice. Furthermore, we must ensure that we provide equitable training opportunities throughout the United Kingdom.

We are pleased to receive ongoing support from our College Officers and welcome their commitments to learn from the evidence gathered within this review and act on the issues raised.

The PTC will continue to initiate change but we also implore every reader of this review to make a difference and begin driving local improvements.


Alex Till, Supported and Valued Lead

Kate Milward, PTC Chair 2016 - 2017



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