Please see below a range of innovative ideas to promote psychiatry as a career. We hope they inspire you to help students and foundation doctors in your region.
The trainee led projects below were joint initiatives between Health Education England and RCPsych and were selected from nearly 50 proposals.
They address inaccurate perceptions of psychiatry as a career, attract more Medical Students and Foundation Doctors into the profession and target specific regions and psychiatric specialties that are hard to recruit to:
- Ageing & Psychiatry conference, Oxford
- Balint Groups for Medical Students and Foundation Doctors in HEE South West, Severn
- Global Mental Health, Student Selected component overseas placement
- National Art competition and Exhibition for Foundation Doctors 'psychART'
- Medicine Calling, Conference for Young People considering a career in medicine - University of Leicester
- Raising the profile of Foundation Education Days, South Tees
- Shrink Wrapped Book - Tales from Psychiatrists
- Psychiatry Early Experience Programme (PEEP), South Yorkshire
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A conference for young people considering a career in medicine with a spotlight on psychiatry. This conference provided an opportunity to meet medical students and doctors at all stages of their career, as well as practical advice on applying to study medicine.
Shrink wrapped - Tales from Psychiatrists
Two higher trainees, Dr Ros Humphreys and Dr Sarah Donnington, created a short illustrated collection of interviews with psychiatrists for medical students.
The interview produced a vivid and fresh portrait of the psychiatrist by exploring the stories that have inspired and influenced the eight interviewees. The book aimed to reflect what psychiatrists do every day: hearing and attempting to understand individual lived experiences.
Extracts from the interviews were arranged thematically, covering a broad range of topics including what it means to be a psychiatrist, personal influences, patient stories, challenges of the job and fulfilment.
The book captures the essence of what it is to be a psychiatrist and, for medical students, will germinate an interest in this amazingly diverse branch of medicine.
More information about the book are available on the Shrink Wrapped website.
Global mental health - Student selected component
This exchange programme gave third year medical students the chance to complete a Student Selected Component, located overseas for 6 weeks. Dr Lucy Potter and Dr Sophie Tomlin wanted to run this project to allow medical students to have this opportunity early on in their medical career. As well as promoting a positive image of psychiatry.
Four Students were selected to the exchange between Lisbon Hospital de Santa Maria and Springfield University Hospital, London. The placement included lectures about global mental health, basic psychiatry lectures and some Portuguese lessons.
Following the international placements the students were invited to attend a one day event, to share their experiences through presentations.
'psychART' National Art competition for foundation doctors
The psychART competition was open to all Foundation Doctors in the country, and over 100 paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, poetry and film pieces were entered. The College is now exhibiting a selection of entries at the College throughout March, including the winners.
The winners were announced in the three separate categories:
1st place- ‘Extreme Doodling’ by Phanida Fung
2nd place- 'Was Webst Fur Errinerung?' 'What do you weave for memory?' by Sue Fairbanks
3rd place- 'thejoyofmania' by Karrish Devan
'Extreme Doodling’ by Phanida Fung
1st place- ‘This is a Man’s World’ by Noleen Osborne
2nd place- 'First Day of School' by Aicha Rais
3rd place- 'Just Ask' by Rebecca Robinson
'This is a Man's World' by Noleen Osborne
1st place- ‘Homeless 1’ by Rory Hutchinson
2nd place-'This is a Man's World' by Noleen Osborne
3rd place- 'Just Ask' by Rebecca Robinson
'Homeless 1' by Rory Hutchinson
The judging took place on the 18 November, during the one day conference that hosted around 70 delegates and inspirational speakers, with fascinating talks on topics including:
- ‘The history of psychiatry in art’
- ‘Art and psychiatry in practice: the perspective of a consultant psychiatrist and artist’
- ‘The art of recovery’
- ‘Participatory Arts with Young people with mental Health’
- ‘The idealised body image through the ages and why eating disorders are so interesting’
This psychiatry recruitment event was organised by two higher trainees: Dr Megan Fisher and Dr Saffron Homayoun. The day ended with a musical performance and a debate on ‘There is no role for art in the modern day NHS’.