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

South West Division Training (SWDT)

The Division, through SWDT, provides high quality postgraduate education for the personal development and continuing professional development of psychiatrists in the region.

The following events are considered suitable for CPD subject to the agreement of the individual's peer group.


SWDT EVENTS IN 2015 - 16



  • Retired Doctors Programme for 2015 - See our Retired Doctors page 
  • The South West Division put together four half day courses in 2014 specifically to meet the needs of retired or resting psychiatrists and we will be running further events during 2015.

    The topics will reflect what we believe to be the mainstream needs of psychiatrists who continue to offer help and advice, or are involved in activities such as Section 12 work. Each meeting will include a short update on revalidation, especially to hear members’ experiences and to share good or helpful practice.


  • Supervision Training
    6 October 2015 - Coombe Lodge, Blagdon, North Somerset, BS40 7RE
    Dr Guy Undrill is putting together this excellent course, which is relevant to advanced trainees working in all specialties.
    Further details and leaflet will be available in due course.


  • Social Media Course
    2 February 2016 - Coombe Lodge, Blagdon, North Somerset, BS40 7RE
    Are you curious about social media?  Worried about how it is affecting our lives and the people we help?  This course will be a great opportunity to learn more about all aspects of social media.
    Further details and leaflet will be available in due course

The SWDT programme is constantly being updated and the following courses are proposed for 2015:


  • An introduction to Psychiatric Ethics
  • Risk Management Course
  • Physical Health Workshop
  • Medico Legal Course

Further details and leaflets will be available in due course


For information on any of the above courses please contact Angela BurgeJames Gregory or Abigail Watts.

We are continually improving our programme to better meet your needs, so please do let us know if there are any subjects you would like to be included in the future.




The following are meetings that may be of interest to our Members in the South West Division:

  • Bristol Psychiatry Summer School for 6th Formers

Are you planning to apply for medicine in autumn 2015?
Would you like help with your application?
Are you struggling to arrange work experience?

This week-long, non-residential event based at Bristol University and nearby clinical units will include:

  • Work experience with psychiatrists and GPs
  • One-to-one help, including interview practice and personal statement advice
  • Informative psychiatry-themed seminars
  • Learning about 'life as a medical student' from current Bristol medical students
  • Ongoing support after the event

Spaces are limited - to apply please complete the application form and email a copy to the AWP Summer School organisers.

Deadline for applications: 17 May 2015, at 5.00 pm


  • Mindfulness for Doctors: A 3-day Experiential Weekend
    17 - 19 July 2015, The Ammerdown Centre, Radstock, Somerset 

Medicine is a stressful profession, especially in the current climate of accelerated change.  Doctors are expected to provide first class care to patients at all times, but how do we take care of ourselves?  Come and think about this mindfully and learn how to practice mindfulness in a calm and relaxed setting.  There will be time to talk, walk, reflect and meditate in beautiful countryside and in good company.  All doctors welcome.

Please direct any queries to  Gwen Adshead or Shaun Bhattacherjee
For bookings, contact Lucy Jeffers, tel: 01761 433709
For more information, take a look at the mindfulness flier


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