The Psychiatric Trainees'
from Dr Matt Tovey, PTC Chair (2015-2016)
Hello and welcome to the Psychiatric Trainees'
Committee (PTC) webpages. I'm Matt Tovey, the Chair of your
committee for 2015-16.
I really hope you have heard of us, and are aware
of your local representatives. If you're not, you can find their
Who are we? We're a group elected by you to
represent your views to the wider College. We're fortunate to have
a College that takes trainee views very seriously and allows a
trainee representative to sit on almost every committee. Within our
ranks we have representatives from all regions of the UK, as well
as patient and carer representatives and a representative from the
With that being said, it's very important that we
keep you up-to-date with what we're up to and we aim to do this via
our pages here, twitter (@RCPsychtrainees),
Facebook, our magazine 'The
Registrar' and via your local representatives.
However, to maximise our impact, and to be as
effective as possible, we really need you to keep us informed of
your thoughts, views and concerns so we know how best to direct our
energy. You can always contact your local representative or contact
me via firstname.lastname@example.org
to let us know.
It might be helpful to let you know what sort of
work we have done previously, and what we are currently working
Previously, members of the PTC have been involved
in numerous projects including considering the impact of an 'exit
exam' which has fortunately been shelved, developing national and
international initiatives such as MedFest and DocBate in order to improve and
widen the profile of psychiatry, developing an
occasional paper that reflected the concerns of trainees about
emergency psychiatry experience during their core training and
offering advice as to how to improve this and supporting ways of
using the historical exam surplus money that maximises benefit for
trainees which is currently being used to further develop
Trainees ONline (TrON)
Presently, we are focussing on (but certainly not
limited to) three areas -
Engagement - considering how to improve engagement
with you, the trainees, to maximise our value.
Recruitment & Retention - considering how to
encourage high quality psychiatrists of the future into our
specialty and to ensure the training experience is good enough to
retain them right up until consultant level; including issues such
as less than full time training and how to support trainees who
have had the saddening experience of encountering a patient who
Training - considering all aspects of training
including the Shape of Training review and its effect on
psychiatry, looking at how to improve work-place based assessments
and the ARCP process
I hope you can see the breadth of work we
undertake, as well as the positive impact we believe we have on
your training experience. To keep this up, though, we need a
constant flow of enthusiastic and talented trainees such as
yourselves, and would strongly encourage you all to
stand for election to the PTC during your training. I guarantee
you will enjoy it, you will make a difference to training in
psychiatry, and you will meet a group of inspirational individuals
who will enable you develop yourself into the best you can be!
I hope to hear from you all soon
PTC Chair 2015-2016
The Psychiatric Trainees' Committee is both worried and saddened
by the latest chapter in the
junior doctors' contract dispute.
We are acutely aware of the distress this situation causes for
both our patients and our colleagues, and would encourage trainees
to support each other, and utilise the Psychiatrists' Support Service for confidential
help during these very difficult times.
Whilst terms and conditions of the contract are beyond our
control, we recognise that there are many issues extending far
beyond this that have contributed to the situation we face. We are
committed to improving training, recruitment and retention within
psychiatry so that we may safeguard morale within and positivity
towards our specialty.
Our national morale review ‘Supported and Valued’ aims to
improve the training and working lives of all junior psychiatrists
and we would encourage all trainees to contact their local representatives and engage with their
local events to ensure we shape the future into the one you would
like to see.
Echoing the words of our president, Professor Sir Simon Wessely, “unhappy,
demotivated doctors, who no longer feel in control of their careers
or lives, deliver poorer care to patients” and we are unified in
our efforts to remain professional and overcome this.
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 7 co-opted members, three for the
London Division, 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 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
Click here to read
'A Charter for Postgraduate Medical Training: Value of the Doctor
The AoMRC has been working with the College and the GMC to
develop more generic training to better suit the needs of
patients. The Shape of Training steering group has
prepared the following paper. Please take the time to read this and
share it with your colleagues.
Click here to read the AoMRC's Shape of Training
Click here to read the PTC Shape of Training
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, and South West Divisions in
the following year.
2017 elections will be held for the following
- Northern and Yorkshire
- South West
Individuals elected will assume their role as PTC
representative at the Annual Meeting and Induction.
PTC Job Descriptions
Future PTC meeting dates
- 9-10 September 2016 (Cardiff)
- 16 December (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
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
2015: Glasgow, Scotland
2016: Cardiff, Wales
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