About 50% of doctors will complete a placement in psychiatry during their foundation training. If you are one of these doctors, there are a number of things you can do to make sure you have the best experience possible
Before you start, plan: think about what you hope to gain from the placement. Even if you’re not planning a career in psychiatry, your placement can teach you transferable skills, help you gain experience and fulfil curriculum requirements.
While you are on your placement
- Keep records – when you come to apply for specialty training, it will be much easier to complete a good, clear application if you have records of what you’ve achieved and learnt.
- Know what to expect – find out who you will be working with and what you will be doing,
- Do the basics – introduce yourself to your colleagues so that they know who you are
- Attend any teaching that’s required and offered
- Talk to your colleagues – specialty trainees can tell you their experiences and may help you identify opportunities or give you a different perspective.
What to expect on your placement
If you are a Foundation training supervisor
- Read our supervisors’ guide to psychiatry in the Foundation Programme
- Use our slides in induction presentations for new doctors
- Read more about our broadening the foundation programme strategy
- Read our guide to good practice in psychiatry in the Foundation programme.