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

Recruitment Strategy

Dr Tom Brown, Associate Registrar for Recruitment, has developed a Recruitment Strategy. The aim of the Recruitment Strategy is to increase recruitment to the CT1 grade of Core Psychiatry Training, achieving a 50% increase in applications and a 95% fill rate by the end of the 5 year campaign. The College’s Divisions will be the main vehicle through which the strategy will be delivered as well as being assisted by the Faculties and Sections, especially the Academic Faculty. A new Committee, Promoting Recruitment into Psychiatry, has been set up to oversee and co-ordinate the delivery of the strategy. The membership of this committee includes a consultant and trainee recruitment representative from each of the College’s Divisions. If you have any queries regarding the Recruitment Strategy, please contact Nikki Cochrane.

As part of its 5 year Recruitment Strategy, the College is keen to increase work experience placements for senior school pupils. In the position statement, the Registrar Dr Laurence Mynors-Wallis, outlines the College's support for psychiatrists and organisations that offer year 12 and 13 students the opportunity for work experience in psychiatry and provides advice on how organisations can set up a process for organising work experience placements in psychiatry.

As part of its 5 year Recruitment Strategy, the College is committed to increasing exposure to psychiatry in the Foundation Programme. One way to achieve this is to increase access to taster weeks in psychiatry. Each College Faculty and Section has produced a template for a taster week for foundation doctors in its specialty. We would like to ask Consultant Psychiatrists around the UK to consider setting up and offering a taster week in psychiatry for foundation doctors, using the appropriate template for this purpose. If you are willing to provide a taster week, you should liaise with your local Foundation School and Training Programme Directors.

A new booklet about a career in psychiatry has been published; ‘Make a difference. Improve lives: A career in psychiatry’. If you would like to be sent copies of the booklet for a careers event you are due to attend, please email Nikki Cochrane.

There are currently approximately 2500 medical students and 350 foundation doctors registered as Student Associates of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. It is completely free for medical students and foundation doctors to join as a Student Associate member and it offers many fantastic benefits. This includes free electronic subscription to The Psychiatrist, British Journal of Psychiatry and Advances in Psychiatric Treatment. Please encourage all medical students and foundation doctors to register as a Student Associate and become involved in this great initiative.

  • Tell us about recruitment initiatives in your region

We would love to hear from you about any initiatives that you know of or that you are involved with locally to do with promoting recruitment into psychiatry, such as psychiatry summer schools or supporting medical school psychiatry society events. Please email Nikki Cochrane with details.


Updated 02 December 2013

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