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The Psychiatric Trainees' Committee


Welcome message from Dr Howard Ryland, PTC Chair (2013-2014) 

Howard Ryland- PTCI’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!




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 9 co-opted members, three for the London Division, one from The Irish College of Psychiatrists, one from Hong Kong, 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 residential 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 year term.


The Role of the PTC

The committee structure of the College is split into two broad arms. The first is responsible for the overall management and control of College affairs, and is headed by the Council. The second structure formulates and ratifies all aspects of educational policy and reports to the Education and Training Committee. 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 colleagues.

Click here to read 'A Charter for Postgraduate Medical Training: Value of the Doctor in Training'.


PTC Elections

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, Ireland (South) and South West Divisions in the following year.

The Divisions up for election in 2015 are:

  • Eastern
  • Northern and Yorkshire
  • London (6 reps)
  • Ireland (South)
  • South West

Please read the Committee Member job description carefully, before nominating yourself, to ensure you are able to fulfil all responsibilities. 

If you are elected you will be expected to attend the PTC residential, more information can be found here.


Student associate election will be taking place shortly.


PTC Job Descriptions

For more details regarding the PTC elections please contact Sue Duncan.


Future PTC meeting dates

  • 20 June, 2014 (London)
All PTC Members are asked to note that it was agreed at the 2003 PTC Residential Meeting 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 PTC Residential meeting dates

The 2014 Annual PTC Residential will be held in Newcastle on 26 & 27 September 2014.

The PTC have an Annual Residential meeting which are held on a rotating basis in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. The locations of the most recent Annual Residential meetings were:


2008: Birmingham, England

2009: Belfast, Northern Ireland

2010: Edinburgh, Scotland

2011: London, England

2012: Cardiff, Wales

2013: Belfast, Northern Ireland




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Last updated 31/07/2014



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