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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

The College’s Recruitment Strategy

Dr Tom Brown, Associate Registrar for Recruitment

The College’s Recruitment Strategy

The Recruitment Strategy aims to increase recruitment to the CT1 grade of Core Psychiatry Training, achieving a 50% increase in applications and a 95% fill rate by the end of this 5 year campaign. The Divisions will be the main vehicle through which the strategy will be delivered, assisted by the Faculties and Sections, especially the Academic Faculty.


A new Committee, Promoting Recruitment into Psychiatry, has been set up to oversee and co-ordinate the delivery of the strategy. The membership of this committee includes a consultant and trainee recruitment representatives from each Divisions. If you have any queries, please contact Charlotte Collins.


Foundation Programme Taster Templates in Psychiatry

The College is committed to increasing exposure to psychiatry in the Foundation Programme. One way to achieve this is to increase access to taster weeks in psychiatry. Each Faculty and Section has produced a template for foundation doctors in its specialty. We would like to ask consultant psychiatrists around the UK to consider setting up and offering a taster week in psychiatry, using the appropriate template for this purpose. If you are interested, you can liaise with your local Foundation School and Training Programme Directors.


New Booklet Published on a Career in Psychiatry

A new booklet about a career in psychiatry has been published: Make a difference. Improve lives: A career in psychiatry. If you would like copies, please email Charlotte Collins.


Student Associateship for Medical Students and Foundation Doctors

There are approximately 2500 medical students and 350 foundation doctors registered as College Student Associates. It is free for medical students and foundation doctors to join as a Student Associate member, and it offers many fantastic benefits. These include free electronic subscription to The Psychiatrist, British Journal of Psychiatry and Advances in Psychiatric Treatment. Please encourage all medical students and foundation doctors to register as a Student Associate and become involved in this great initiative.


Tell us about recruitment initiatives in your region

We would love to hear from you about any initiatives that you know of or that you are involved with locally to do with promoting recruitment into psychiatry, such as psychiatry summer schools or supporting medical school psychiatry society events. Please email Charlotte Collins with details.




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