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

South West Division Training (SWDT)

The Division, through SWDT, provides high quality postgraduate education for the personal development and continuing professional development of psychiatrists in the region.

The following events are considered suitable for CPD subject to the agreement of the individual's peer group.


SWDT EVENTS IN 2015 - 16

  • Retired Doctors Programme for 2015 - See our Retired Doctors page
  • The South West Division put together four half day courses in 2014 specifically to meet the needs of retired or resting psychiatrists and we will be running further events during 2015.

    The topics will reflect what we believe to be the mainstream needs of psychiatrists who continue to offer help and advice, or are involved in activities such as Section 12 work. Each meeting will include a short update on revalidation, especially to hear members’ experiences and to share good or helpful practice.

  • Supervision: beyond the ticked box
    6 October 2015 - Coombe Lodge, Blagdon, North Somerset, BS40 7RE
    The hour a week of protected supervision time is an institution in psychiatric training. Once you've filled in all the forms that the trust, the college and the deanery shower you with, what do you talk about?

    Dr Guy Undrill has put together this excellent course, which is relevant to Senior Clinicians who are currently giving regular supervision and ST6 doctors who are not yet supervisors.
    The course will use a mixture of didactic teaching, small group discussion and practice exercises.

    Further details and leaflet 

    Supervision: beyond the ticked box-  6 October 2015
  • Social Media Course
    2 February 2016 - Coombe Lodge, Blagdon, North Somerset, BS40 7RE
    Are you curious about social media? Worried about how it is affecting our lives and the people we help? This course will be a great opportunity to learn more about all aspects of social media.

    Further details and leaflet will be available in due course

The SWDT programme is constantly being updated and the following courses are proposed for 2015:

  • An introduction to Psychiatric Ethics
  • Risk Management Course
  • Physical Health Workshop
  • Medico Legal Course

Further details and leaflets will be available in due course

For information on any of the above courses please contact Angela Burge, James Gregory or Abigail Watts.

We are continually improving our programme to better meet your needs, so please do let us know if there are any subjects you would like to be included in the future.



The following are meetings that may be of interest to our Members in the South West Division:

  • The Visible Woman
    10 July 2015 - Creech St Michael Village Hall, Taunton
    This event is of special interest to women who are involved in their communities and people who are interested in the work of these women. The focus is celebrating the contribution that women are making to communities and giving women the chance to tell us about that work. Funded by the Skills Funding Agency. Hear about what other women are doing in communities and tell us what you are doing.
    Further information from the South West Foundation
  • Association of University of Teachers of Psychiatry Extraordinary General Meeting and Summer Conference - 10 July 2015, Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry
    Programme and contact details
  • Mindfulness for Doctors: A 3-day Experiential Weekend
    17 - 19 July 2015, The Ammerdown Centre, Radstock, Somerset
    Medicine is a stressful profession, especially in the current climate of accelerated change. Doctors are expected to provide first class care to patients at all times, but how do we take care of ourselves? Come and think about this mindfully and learn how to practice mindfulness in a calm and relaxed setting. There will be time to talk, walk, reflect and meditate in beautiful countryside and in good company. All doctors welcome.
    Please direct any queries to Gwen Adshead or Shaun Bhattacherjee
    For bookings, contact Lucy Jeffers, tel: 01761 433709
    For more information, take a look at the mindfulness flier
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