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

Foundation doctors

This section is for doctors on the Foundation programme who are interested in a career in psychiatry.

Below are all the ways you can find out more and prepare for a career in psychiatry.


Your first step: join the College

The first step is to become a Foundation associate of the college. It’s free, and there are lots of benefits.

Your psychiatry placement

Half of foundation doctors do a psychiatry placement. Find out what to expect and how to make the most of it.

Opportunities for foundation doctors

See listings of events, prizes and other opportunities for foundation doctors to build their CVs.

Choosing a subspecialty

It’s good to consider this at an early stage so you can build your portfolio around the area you’re interested in.

I’m an F2 doctor ready to apply to be a trainee psychiatrist

The applicants’ guide and online application form are on the North West Postgraduate Medical Deanery’s website.



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Is psychiatry for me?

Find out about the benefits and challenges of a career in psychiatry from real psychiatrists – see Choose Psychiatry.