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A new community survey has just been launched as part of South London Listens to help find the solutions to the impact Covid-19 has had on the mental health of our communities.
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For more information about training in the Trust, or to get in touch with individual staff, please contact the Springfield Hospital Postgraduate Centre.
You can also email our Medical Education Manager, Catherine Gray.
Our child and adolescent psychiatry training scheme for SpRs and ST4-6 psychiatrists is one of the five London training schemes. It is one of the smaller schemes with only eight to 12 trainees at any one time.
This allows for a more personal and flexible approach to meeting each trainee's training needs.
The training scheme is also highly regarded for wide range of experience offered across the overlapping biological and psychosocial components of child and adolescent psychiatry.
Over the course of three years, trainees will spend two years in specialist community CAMHS (Tier 3) and one year in highly specialist (Tier 4) services, including inpatient settings.
Following the Trust’s CAMHS transformation, Tier 3 services include five borough-based community teams, a Wandsworth Children with Learning Disabilities team and two Trust-wide specialist teams for Neurodevelopmental Disorders (ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Disorders) and Eating Disorders.
Tier 4 services include the Adolescent Resource Centre (inpatient unit and assertive outreach team), inpatient Eating Disorders service and the national service for Deaf CAMHS.
London-based posts are located in the South West London & St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust, which operates over 150 services from locations in Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth. This spread allows a wide range of experience; the Trust serves a very diverse population of approximately 1 million people in South West London, with a mix of affluence and deprivation, although on average the population the Trust covers is more affluent than in other London regions. The sites include:
Posts in HEKSS include:
The teaching takes place on Thursday afternoons, in the Post-graduate Medical Education Center at Springfield Hospital. Three times a month there is a facilitated “Reflective Practice”, or “Balint” Group which encourages the development of reflective, systemic thinking with an emphasis on individual roles within wider systems.
There is also regular on call discussion and monthly CBT teaching and supervision of cases by one of the consultant psychiatrists.
Trainees are supervised throughout these experiences through regular meetings with a consultant psychiatrist or experienced clinical psychologist.
As a curriculum requirement, trainees are expected to complete a literature review within 18 months of commencing training, which should be to a publishable standard.
The Trust is actively involved in research and there are opportunities for trainees to participate in this in order to obtain research experience and publications.
The scheme has a Research Coordinator (Dr Nicolette Gentili), who takes an overview of all trainees' research experience across their training. Trainees will also have a research supervisor for their individual projects. In conjunction with their clinical supervisor and training programme director trainees may choose, after completion of their literature review, to utilize allocated research time for other structured clinical experiences.
The higher training on-call rota is consists of a 40% banded full shift rota. Trainees complete on-calls at either evenings (5-9pm), weekend days or nights. Out of hours cover is provided to the inpatient units at Springfield University Hospital and the Section 136 suite.
CAMHS Liaison Psychiatry cover is provided to St Helier Hospital, Kingston Hospital and St George’s Hospital.
The on call rota is joint with Adults with Learning Disabilities. Trainees are second on call. The on call Consultant psychiatrists in CAMHS and Adult LD are available for support and supervision.
Individual arrangements are in place to ensure that all trainees are able to meet the mandatory ILOs for managing emergencies.
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This is a combined training programme for general adult and old age psychiatry.
Trainees are appointed to a training scheme for a single CCT in either general adult or old age psychiatry, or for a dual general adult and old age CCT. Dual training in general adult psychiatry and medical psychotherapy is currently under development.
See more details here.
Our core psychiatry training programme is composed of six-monthly placements over three years within the London boroughs of Wandsworth, Kingston, Richmond, Merton and Sutton.
There are around 45 core trainees on the scheme, with about 14 new trainees recruited each year. The training programme directors are Dr Mary Howlett and Dr Ed Burns.
Read about the programme here.
For enquiries about the Core Psychiatry Training Programme please contact:
Training Programme Director: Dr Mary Howlett
Training Programme Director: Dr Ed Burns
Scheme Administrator: Tammy Osgathorp
For general enquiries about training in the Trust, please go the Contact Us page.