The Psychiatric Trainees'
Welcome message from Dr Karl Scheeres, PTC Chair
I’m Karl, the chair of the PTC for
2014/5, and on behalf of all the PTC reps I’d like to extend a warm
welcome to our web pages. Your PTC representatives are
elected by you to represent your views at all levels in the College
and beyond. As a group, we care deeply about the quality of
psychiatric training, and we work hard to make sure your views are
We are a diverse group of 48 people from every
part of the UK, including a mixture of core trainees and higher
trainees, as well as a service user representative, a carer
representative and others. We meet four times a year and work in
small working groups using e-mails, Skype etc to get things done in
between meetings; you’d be amazed by the numbers of e-mails flying
about amongst us. We also send a trainee to virtually every
single committee at the College (including the exams committee), a
level of representation that is unique amongst the Royal
The last year has been a big year for the PTC
and there have been lots of positive changes for trainees including
a reduction in the number of exams and a shelving of the proposed
exit exam (influenced by our survey). We made the front-page news
following our mental health beds
survey. Additionally, the College has developed Trainees Online (TrOn) to help
trainees with revision for the MRCPsych (this was funded by the
historical surplus from the exams).
Please do get in touch with us and let us know
concerns you have about training, ideas you have or anything you
think we should either know about or discuss nationally.
There are two ways to do this:
Speak to your local PTC representative – they
Contact us centrally: Either through our
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or
on Twitter: @RCPsychTrainees We are also on Facebook (search for
Psychiatric Trainees Committee).
I would strongly encourage you to consider
standing for the PTC; for me personally it has been a great
experience – I have come a long way from when I joined in
2011. It’s not about ‘box ticking’ and getting on committees
for the sake of it, but genuinely being involved with
trying to improve psychiatric training and the lot of
trainees. The best bit is undoubtedly meeting trainees from
other parts of the country, who have differing experiences of
training and ideas of improvement. The divisions that are electing
in 2015 are listed below, so look out for that important e-mail
amongst all the others and don't be afraid to put yourself
PTC Chair 2014-2015
ST5 Liaison Psychiatry Trainee, Bath
Working Groups in the PTC
The committee has divided itself in to five
groups to better address the issues that matter to trainees
The Shape of Training group:
If you haven’t heard of the Shape of Training,
you soon will. This could potentially be the biggest future shake
up of medical training since MMC, and we have formed a group to
ensure that we protect all we value about our current system of
training, but also think about the opportunities to improve
it. The original Shape of Training document is here.
The Recruitment group looks at ways to
encourage medical students and Foundation doctors to consider a
career in psychiatry. This is one of the biggest challenges
facing us as a profession.
The Training and Evidence group focuses on
understanding the educational impact of recent changes to services
and considering ways that training could be improved.
The Communications group's role is to engage
with trainees and ensure that information is shared
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.
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 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 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
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
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.
Elections for the Psychiatric Trainees’
Committee (PTC) for the following divisions are now
open: Eastern; Northern and Yorkshire; London and
Nomination forms must be completed in full, according to the
instructions provided in the form. If there are more
nominations than vacancies, a postal ballot will be held.
Nominations must arrive no later
than Wednesday 18th March
*co-opted elections will take place at a later date.
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's annual meeting and induction, more
information can be found here.
If you have any queries regarding the
election process please contact Sue Duncan.
Student associate election will be
taking place shortly.
PTC Job Descriptions
Future PTC meeting dates
- 20 March 2015 (Birmingham)
- 19 June 2015 (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
Wales. The next annual meeting will be held on Friday 11
September - Saturday 12 September 2015 in Glasgow.
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
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