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

Message from Dr Howard Ryland- PTC Chair 2013-2014

WelcomeHoward Ryland- PTC


I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and the Psychiatric Trainees’ Committee (PTC). The PTC representatives are elected by you and we maintain these web pages, which will hopefully be a useful source of information for you when it comes to issues that affect your training.


The last few years have been a period of great change and uncertainty within postgraduate medical education, and further developments continue to be made. We are fortunate in that trainees are represented at all levels within the College and as such we can ensure our views are heard when it comes to these changes.


Please do communicate with your local PTC representatives about any training issues, and please also feel free to contact the PTC officers.


Structure and Aims of the PTC


The Committee has divided itself in to five groups to better address the issues that matter to trainees:

1. The Welfare group looks at all aspects of trainee wellbeing, including how support systems can be developed to give people a better experience of training.

2. The Exams group seeks to ensure that the MRCPsych exams are fair and high quality.  It is also working to canvas the views of psychiatrists about a possible exit exam.

3. The Recruitment group looks at ways to encourage medical students and Foundation doctors to consider a career in psychiatry.

4. The Training and Evidence group focuses on understanding the educational impact of recent changes to services and considering ways that training could be improved.

5. The Communications group’s role is to engage with trainees and ensure that information is shared effectively.

Please feel free to contact us regarding any training issues and consider standing as a representative yourself!


Updated 11 February 2014