Supported and Valued
The Psychiatric Trainees’ Committee (PTC) is a national
community representing psychiatric trainees within the United
We believe passionately that through driving improvements in the
quality of training and through supporting and valuing each other,
we can improve the quality of care and the lives of people with
In response to the Junior Doctor Contract dispute in England, we
recognised that there was an urgent need to review morale and
training within psychiatry across all four nations and that all
voices must be given a chance to be heard.
Divisional representatives of the PTC organised and led a series
of regional focus groups. These were held across all eleven
regional divisions of the Royal College of Psychiatrists between
June 2016 – January 2017. This was followed by a national survey.
Each focus group concentrated on three key lines of enquiry,
highlighting what trainees thought was currently working well and
what steps we could take to improve in the future.
We are proud to publish our final review ‘Supported and Valued’.
We believe that the quality of psychiatric training and the
opportunities we receive exceeds many other specialties. However,
to maintain this advantage, we must expand on areas of good
practice. Furthermore, we must ensure that we provide equitable
training opportunities throughout the United Kingdom.
We are pleased to receive ongoing support from our College
Officers and welcome their commitments to learn from the evidence
gathered within this review and act on the issues raised.
The PTC will continue to initiate change but we also implore
every reader of this review to make a difference and begin driving
Alex Till, Supported and Valued Lead
Kate Milward, PTC Chair 2016 - 2017