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

Trainees' Section - West Midlands Division

A Career in Psychiatry in the West Midlands

Whether you are a school student wanting to know more about what being a psychiatrist is all about, a medical student who is interested in finding out more about psychiatry, or a doctor that would like to join us in having a fascinating career, this page will start to give you the information you need.

If you have any questions, you could contact us on 

The West Midlands Division Recruitment Representative is Dr Emma Barrow.


West Midlands Division Psychiatric Trainees' Committee Representatives

Akshay Kansagra (Pre-membership)

Dr Saba Mattar (Member, Divisional Executive Committee Rep)

Dr Tara Walker (Member)


Buddy Schemes

Recently established at Birmingham and Warwick medical schools, the Buddy Scheme partners up medical students interested in mental health with a junior doctor working in psychiatry. The doctor acts as a mentor to the student, supporting them with their studies, offering them more experience of clinical work (even on-calls!) and signposting them to other interesting opportunities such as conferences and research. Contact the PTC reps for more information.


Postgraduate Deanery

Health Education England (West Midlands) is responsible for postgraduate medical and dental education and training in the area covered previously by the West Midlands Strategic Health Authority.


Useful Links

At School?

Find out more about psychiatry:  Information for sixth formers 

Work Experience in Birmingham: Work experience


MIND the GAP Newsletter

West Midlands General Adult ST4-6 peer group newsletter:








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