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


Recruitment into Psychiatry




We aim to increase recruitment into Psychiatry, particularly into CT1. The Associate Dean for Recruitment, Dr Helen Bruce, oversees the development and delivery of our strategy to achieve this. The PRIP committee is vital to this work, including representatives from each UK region. If you are interested in becoming a member, email us at

Overall national recruitment into psychiatry has slightly increased in August 2016. An inspiring start to the academic year, and we remain committed to recruitment initiatives for school leavers, 6th formers, medical students, foundation doctors and core trainees. If you have any careers queries please email us at


What Can I Do?

The potential to increase recruitment lies not just with the College but with all those working within psychiatry; every interaction we have with school students, medical students and young doctors is important. Find out what simple things you can do to support and promote recruitment into psychiatry.

If you have any queries regarding the Recruitment Strategy, please contact us via

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RCPsych film aimed at Medical students and Foundation Doctors.

This film has been developed to promote the expansion of the Foundation Programme in Psychiatry.

Featuring trainees from a range of specialities talking through their positive experiences during their Foundation posts. Hear about what to expect, what you might learn including:- the skills, supervision and support, and advice. Presented by the Deputy National Director of the UK Foundation Programme.


Summer & Autumn Schools

View details on upcoming Psychiatry Summer and Autumn Schools around the UK.


Pathfinder Fellowships

Find out about the College's Pathfinder Fellowship scheme offering £5000 funding, mentorship and much more to UK medical students.



Student AssociatesHook up with other psychiatry  enthusiasts. Find out which universities run psychiatry student societies

Resources for Foundation Doctors

View our Foundation webpages for information, news and events relevant to UK Foundation Doctors.