The Psychiatric Trainees'
Welcome message from Dr Kate Milward, PTC Chair
Welcome to the Psychiatric Trainees’ Committee (PTC) webpages.
My name is Kate Milward and I’m the PTC Chair for 2016 – 2017.
The PTC is composed of pre and post membership trainees from
across the UK. The details of your local representatives can be
found here. You elect your regional representatives and our
primary role is to represent you within the College.
In addition to regional representatives we have patient and
carer representatives, a trainee representative from the military
and representatives from the
student associate programme.
The PTC advises the College on matters affecting training and
trainees. We are very fortunate to have a College that takes
trainees’ views seriously. A PTC representative sits on and
contributes to virtually all College committees. We don’t just
observe the work of College committees; we have an active role
influencing its work and policy.
As well as contributing to College committees, the PTC conducts
project work with the central aim of improving training in
psychiatry. In previous years the PTC has conducted and contributed
to a variety of projects including, but not limited to:
- Developing recommendations for
emergency psychiatry training
- Contributing to responses to Shape of Training proposals
- Considering the impact of a potential exit exam, which was
- Deciding how to utilise exam surplus money, which consequently
supported the development of Trainees Online (TrOn).
- Supporting national and international initiatives such as
DocBate and MedFest
The last 18 months have been exceptionally difficult for all
Junior Doctors. The terms and conditions of the junior doctor
contract are beyond our remit. However, the PTC is committed to
doing what it can to improve the wellbeing of trainees in
psychiatry. Therefore over the next 12 months we will be
undertaking a national review of trainee morale and training,
titled ‘Supported and Valued’.
Furthermore, the PTC will continue project work with the themes
of engagement, recruitment, retention and training. For example, we
are conducting surveys on retention and the variability of ARCP
requirements across the country. We are currently contributing to a
project looking at improving Work Place Based Assessments. We are
also holding our first ever PTC conference, ‘Return to
You can keep up to date with the work of the PTC by following us
Facebook and Twitter. The PTC also
Registrarmagazine. To be able to
represent you fairly, we need your views and feedback. Please get
in touch with your local representatives or contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, please consider standing for election and joining the
PTC. Being a PTC representative gives you the opportunity to make a
real difference to psychiatry training. It will give you insight
into the workings of the College and help you develop new skills
and interests. You will also get to meet and work alongside
enthusiastic and committed trainees from across the country.
Details on the election process can be found
I hope to hear from you soon.
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 colleagues.
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
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:
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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