The Psychiatric Trainees'
from Dr Matt Tovey, PTC Chair (2015-2016)
Hello and welcome to the Psychiatric Trainees'
Committee (PTC) webpages. I'm Matt Tovey, the Chair of your
committee for 2015-16.
I really hope you have heard of us, and are aware
of your local representatives. If you're not, you can find their
Who are we? We're a group elected by you to
represent your views to the wider College. We're fortunate to have
a College that takes trainee views very seriously and allows a
trainee representative to sit on almost every committee. Within our
ranks we have representatives from all regions of the UK, as well
as patient and carer representatives and a representative from the
With that being said, it's very important that we
keep you up-to-date with what we're up to and we aim to do this via
our pages here, twitter (@RCPsychtrainees),
Facebook, our magazine 'The
Registrar' and via your local representatives.
However, to maximise our impact, and to be as
effective as possible, we really need you to keep us informed of
your thoughts, views and concerns so we know how best to direct our
energy. You can always contact your local representative or contact
me via firstname.lastname@example.org
to let us know.
It might be helpful to let you know what sort of
work we have done previously, and what we are currently working
Previously, members of the PTC have been involved
in numerous projects including considering the impact of an 'exit
exam' which has fortunately been shelved, developing national and
international initiatives such as MedFest and DocBate in order to improve and
widen the profile of psychiatry, developing an
occasional paper that reflected the concerns of trainees about
emergency psychiatry experience during their core training and
offering advice as to how to improve this and supporting ways of
using the historical exam surplus money that maximises benefit for
trainees which is currently being used to further develop
Trainees ONline (TrON)
Presently, we are focussing on (but certainly not
limited to) three areas -
Engagement - considering how to improve engagement
with you, the trainees, to maximise our value.
Recruitment & Retention - considering how to
encourage high quality psychiatrists of the future into our
specialty and to ensure the training experience is good enough to
retain them right up until consultant level; including issues such
as less than full time training and how to support trainees who
have had the saddening experience of encountering a patient who
Training - considering all aspects of training
including the Shape of Training review and its effect on
psychiatry, looking at how to improve work-place based assessments
and the ARCP process
I hope you can see the breadth of work we
undertake, as well as the positive impact we believe we have on
your training experience. To keep this up, though, we need a
constant flow of enthusiastic and talented trainees such as
yourselves, and would strongly encourage you all to
stand for election to the PTC during your training. I guarantee
you will enjoy it, you will make a difference to training in
psychiatry, and you will meet a group of inspirational individuals
who will enable you develop yourself into the best you can be!
I hope to hear from you all soon
PTC Chair 2015-2016
Information about the PTC
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 7 co-opted members, three for the
London Division, 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 meeting and induction 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
The Role of the PTC
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.
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
The AoMRC has been working with the College and the GMC to
develop more generic training to better suit the needs of
patients. The Shape of Training steering group has
prepared the following paper. Please take the time to read this and
share it with your colleagues.
Click here to read the AoMRC's Shape of Training
Click here to read the PTC Shape of Training
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, and South West Divisions in
the following year.
Notice of Election:
Nominations are invited for the following:
Completed nominations should be sent either by post to Sue
Duncan, Elections Administrator; scanned and emailed to email@example.com; or
by fax to 0843 659 3591. Nominations must arrive no later
than Tuesday 10 May, 2016
Please read the Committee Member
job description carefully, before nominating yourself,
to ensure you are able to fulfill all
responsibilities. If you are elected you will be expected to
attend the PTC's annual meeting and induction.
If you have any queries regarding the election process please
contact Sue Duncan.
2017 elections will be held
for the following divisions:
- Northern and Yorkshire
- South West
Individuals elected will assume their role as PTC
representative at the Annual Meeting and Induction.
PTC Competition 2016
Win a Trip to the Canadian Psychiatric Association
Annual Conference in Toronto!
We are looking for articles of between 800 to 1000
words on the theme:
"Staying in the game - how can
doctors look after their own wellbeing?"
The winning article and up to 5 runners up
will be published in a special edition of ‘The Registrar’, the PTC’s magazine.
The winner will also receive funding to attend this year’s
Psychiatric Association Annual Conference with the PTC
Chair. The conference takes place in Toronto from 22-14
September 2016. Funding covers your return flight, accommodation
and your delegate fees, including the Conference’s Gala Dinner.
Articles must be submitted as word
documents via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PDFs or articles within the body of the email will not be
accepted. Please put ‘Canada Competition’ in the subject line
of your email and include your name and membership number in the
body of the email. Please make sure you use an email address
you check regularly and that you have registered at the College –
you can update your records online in the Members’ Area.
All entries will be anonymised by
administrative staff at the College before being shared with the
judging panel. All entries must be received by
midnight Monday 30 May
2016. No late entries will be considered. If you
have any further questions, please contact email@example.com
PTC Job Descriptions
Future PTC meeting dates
- 18 March 2016 (London)
- 17 June 2016 (London)
All PTC Members are asked to note that it was agreed at the 2003
PTC's annual meeting and induction that members who fail to attend
two consecutive PTC meetings, and do not forward apologies to the
PTC Support, or find
an alternative attendee, should be voted off the PTC.
Annual Meeting and Induction dates:
The PTC have an annual meeting and induction which are held
on a rotating basis in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and
The locations of the most recent annual meeting
and induction were:
2009: Belfast, Northern Ireland
2010: Edinburgh, Scotland
2011: London, England
2012: Cardiff, Wales
2013: Belfast, Northern Ireland
2014: Newcastle, England
2015: Glasgow, Scotland
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