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

The Psychiatric Trainees' Committee


Welcome message from Dr Charlotte Blewett, PTC Chair (2017-2018)

Dr Charlotte Blewett

Thank you for taking the time to look up Psychiatric Trainees’ Committee (PTC) webpages, Welcome! My name is Charlotte Blewett and I’m the PTC Chair for 2017 – 2018.

The PTC is composed of pre and post membership trainees from across the UK. The details of your local representatives can be found here. All regional representatives are elected within local divisions and our primary role is to represent you within the College.

Also making up the committee we have patient and carer representatives, a trainee representative from the military, as well as medical student and foundation associate reps.

The Royal College of Psychiatry takes the opinions of it's trainees seriously. A PTC representative sits on and contributes to virtually all College committees. This is not just about observing we have an active role influencing its work and policy, ensuring we represent trainee views on a national level.

As well as contributing to College committees, the PTC conducts project work with the central aim of improving training in psychiatry. In previous years the PTC has conducted and contributed to a variety of projects including, but not limited to:

  • Developing recommendations for emergency psychiatry training
  • Contributing to responses to Shape of Training proposals
  • Considering the impact of a potential exit exam, which was subsequently shelved
  • Deciding how to utilise exam surplus money, which consequently supported the development of Trainees Online (TrOn).
  • Supporting national and international initiatives such as MedFest
  • Completing a national review into trainee morale and training : Supported and Valued
  • Holding first PTC Conference: “Return to Practice”

Trainees are working in a complex and changing climate for the NHS. Supported and valued has highlighted areas of psychiatry training that trainees want immediately addressing. The PTC is committed to doing what it can to improve the wellbeing of trainees in psychiatry across the UK.

Over the next 12 months the PTC has developed projects focusing on recruitment and retention and sustainability and fatigue whilst on call. We are continually modifying and adapting ways we engage with trainees. If you think there is something we should be bringing to attention please let us know. We want to ensure we are focussing on issues to trainees that matter.

You can keep up to date with the work of the PTC by following us on Facebook and Twitter. The PTC also publishes the Registrar magazine, providing features on mental health and contributions from trainees.

You can get in touch by contacting your local representatives (could we put a link to the reps in here) or contact me via ptcsupport@rcpsych.ac.uk

Finally, please consider standing for election and joining the PTC. Being a PTC representative gives you the opportunity to make a real difference to psychiatry training. It will give you insight into the workings of the College and opportunity to network with trainees from across the UK. Details on the election process can be found here.

We look forward to hearing from you,

Charlotte

@clblewett

 
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