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The Psychiatric Trainees' Committee


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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, Training and Standards 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.


Get Involved!

Membership of the PTC provides a range of valuable opportunities for trainees, and fulfils an important function of the College. The events of recent years have clearly demonstrated the need for the profession’s active involvement in determining our future. Experience with the committee also allows you to understand first-hand the challenges that the profession is facing as a whole. There are significant networking opportunities that bring one in contact with like-minded people who want to raise the standard of training in this country. 

Details of how to get involved with the PTC can be obtained from this website, or by contacting PTC Support.


PTC Competition

The Canadian Psychiatric Association’s Annual Conference is the largest psychiatric continuing professional development program in Canada. Each year, more than 1,200 psychiatrists and other mental health care professionals attend the conference to keep up-to-date on the latest research, exchange ideas, and network with colleagues from across the country.

There is an exciting opportunity for a trainee to join our PTC chair for the next conference to be held in Toronto, Ontario between 11-13th September, 2014.

So what do I have to do?

We are looking for articles of up to 800 words for our next newsletter on the theme of "Psychiatry Tomorrow". It can be on anything ranging from how you see the future of training in psychiatry to the development of new treatment methods. You can interpret this brief as creatively as you like - we are really looking forward to seeing your ideas.

The lucky winner will be awarded a free place at the conference. The cost of travel (economy class) and accommodation will be included. Up to five runner ups will have their articles published in our next newsletter.

Entries will be judged anonymously by the PTC officers and members of the College staff.

Sounds great - What's the deadline? and Where do I send my entries?

The deadline to send your entries is 16th March, 2014. Please send your entries to marked with the subject header 'Newsletter Competition'. Good Luck!


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 and West Midland Divisions in one year followed by elections for Eastern, Northern and Yorkshire, London, Ireland (North), Ireland (South), and South West Divisions in the following year.

The following Divisions are up for election in 2014:

  • North West
  • West Midlands
  • Trent
  • South East
  • Wales
  • Scotland (6 reps)


PTC Job Descriptions


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 17/04/2014