Supporting medical students

We believe high-quality teaching of psychiatry to undergraduate medical students is crucial to the future provision of medical care.

See more about our what we do, and find out about our undergraduate education forum below.

High quality teaching of psychiatry to undergraduate medical students is crucial not only to the future of psychiatry but also to future provision of medical care.

Medicine is a university course and psychiatric education should be led by academic psychiatrists; all psychiatrists have a professional duty to contribute to the teaching and training of the next generation of doctors.

Students will take psychiatry seriously if their learning experience is relevant to their work as doctors, if they are stimulated and excited by observing the complexities of psychiatric care, and if they are offered new and challenging ideas, including presentation of up to date research in psychiatry.

The aim should be to ensure that all future doctors in every specialty respect and support the delivery of high quality psychiatric care across the life span, and that we encourage motivated students to consider a career in psychiatry.

  1. The Undergraduate Education Forum was established to bring together the undergraduate teaching leads in psychiatry from each UK medical schooling order to promote discussion of core material for undergraduate teaching, provide agreement on the standards of learning in psychiatry expected of graduating doctors, and enable sharing of best practice and new initiatives across medical schools
  2. Undergraduate teaching of psychiatry should be led by university departments of psychiatry, with designated academic psychiatrists taking a major role in undergraduate teaching. While other medical specialists, such as general practitioners, may play a role in teaching students about mental illness, curriculum design, delivery and assessment should remain the responsibility of psychiatrists. Academic psychiatrists will also teach modules and offer research projects in psychiatry for intercalated BSc degrees
  3. Teaching should be recognised and rewarded. The faculty strongly supports academic promotion on the basis of excellence in teaching, while in the NHS, contribution to teaching should be a significant factor in evaluating applications for clinical excellence awards.
  4. Psychiatrists who teach medical students should have access to training in appropriate methods of teaching and in developing valid and reliable assessments. Such training should be a recognised part of CPD both for trainees and consultants.
  5. Consultants who teach medical students should have protected time for teaching students in their job plans and their  clinical load should be reduced accordingly. Trainees who teach should also have protected time.
  6. Trusts should be encouraged, and if necessary challenged, to explain how they use the funding of clinical teaching (Service Increment for Teaching), and they should account for how this funding contributes to additional service costs (see point 5).
  7. Teaching issues should be included within the faculty annual meeting.
  8. High quality pedagogic research in psychiatry should be encouraged.
  9. Career paths and appropriate substantive posts should be available for clinical psychiatric teachers.
Our undergraduate education forum has developed an undergraduate psychiatry curriculum in consultation with multiple stakeholders including:

  • student societies
  • clinical schools
  • patient/carer organisation and our faculties, divisions, and special interest groups
  • an open workshop at our International Congress.

We are keen to ensure that interested medical students find it easy to contact someone within their local university department who can provide them with advice and/or signpost them to an appropriate supervisor.

Next to the relevant medical school, we have listed the names and email addresses of those people who have agreed to act as an initial point of contact for interested students.

Medical school

Contact name

University of AberdeenDaniel Bennett
Barts and The London Medical SchoolAnia Korszun
Queen's University, BelfastJulie Anderson
University of BirminghamRachel Upthegrove
University of BristolJohn Potokar
Brighton and Sussex Medical SchoolJames Fallon
University of CambridgePaul Wilkinson
Cardiff UniversityLiz Forty
University of Central Lancashire, PrestonTessa Myatt
Ninewells Hospital Medical School, DundeeRichard Day
East Anglia (UEA)Chris Fox
University of Edinburgh Medical SchoolStephen Lawrie
Anglia Ruskin University School of Medicine, EssexAbu Abraham
University of Exeter Medical SchoolSubhash Gupta 
University of GlasgowHelen Minnis
GKT School of Medical Education (King's College London) Charlotte Wilson-Jones 
Hull York Medical SchoolJanine Henderson
Nicola Taylor
Imperial College LondonAnne Lingford-Hughes
Keele UniversityDennis Okolo
Kent Medway Medical SchoolJo Rodda
LancasterMarisa Wray
University of LeedsAnne Cooper
Leicester Medical SchoolMark McCartney
Liverpool University Medical SchoolDeclan Hyland
Manchester UniversitySimon Belderbos
Newcastle University School of Medical EducationAndrew Teodorczuk
Nottingham UniversityMohammad Katshu
Jo Dilks
Oxford UniversityKate Saunders
Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine & DentistryPaula Robinson
Sheffield UniversityHelen Crimlisk
University of SouthamptonJulia Sinclair
St Andrew’s University 
Swansea UniversityLiz Clarke-Smith
St George's University Aileen O’Brien
Victoria Fernandez
University College London 
Warwick UniversityDavid White

Undergraduate education forum

We have an undergraduate education forum comprising psychiatry teaching leads from all UK medical schools and our faculty.

The forum is active in facilitating communication and strategic planning between the College and medical schools, and provides a strong voice in contributing to national policy in undergraduate medical education.
  • To discuss and develop content, delivery and funding of undergraduate teaching
  • To facilitate the sharing of resources, with development of a web-based facility where individual schools can offer materials to colleagues
  • To be a forum for audit and research in psychiatric education
  • To monitor the impact of national policy changes in service delivery  on education
  • To establish links to national bodies such as the General Medical Council and the Medical Schools Council
  • To inform and help develop position statements by the faculty on undergraduate education
  • To provide a potential link to workforce planning, both local and national.
  • The forum reports to our faculty executive committee
  • The Chair of the forum will represent the forum on the faculty executive
  • Each medical school can send one representative to the forum, and membership will be limited to the lead for psychiatry or their deputy
  • The forum will set up sub-groups with specific tasks and may invite additional membership for these.
Read more to receive further information regarding a career in psychiatry