7 June 2018: There has been an almost 30% increase in the number
of doctors opting to train in Psychiatry in England.
New statistics from Health Education England, analysed by the
Royal College of Psychiatrists, show 307 doctors will start
training this year in England to specialise in psychiatry, the most
This is a rise from the 239 doctors who had
chosen psychiatry at this stage of the recruitment process last
This suggests that the rise in mental health awareness, in part
thanks to the candidness and honesty of high profile public
figures, has inspired young people to become the mental health
doctors of tomorrow.
With the most recent RCPsych Census showing 1 in 10 consultant
posts are vacant across the country, the increase in those training
to become psychiatrists is welcome news for services and patients
Professor Wendy Reid, Health Education England's
Director of Education and Quality said: "We have worked
hard to ensure that mental health has the same prominence as
physical health which means investing in and developing a
sufficient workforce to help meet growing demand.
"This increase in fill rate for psychiatry training is a
fantastic achievement for the profession and a huge step towards
delivering tangible benefits for patients.”
Professor Wendy Burn, President of the Royal College of
Psychiatrists said: "This is truly sensational. As a
psychiatrist for over 30 years, it is so exciting to see such a
large number of doctors choosing to follow the same path.
"To everyone who accepted a post: you have made a brilliant
decision and I welcome you all to the specialty"
Support for Choose Psychiatry
Stephen Fry said: "I support the
#ChoosePsychiatry campaign because I am only too aware from my
own experiences that psychiatrists are vital to supporting people
with mental illness. My psychiatrist saved my life.
"Physical health is important but nowhere near as exciting as
the science of cognition and consciousness – so I am delighted that
a record number of junior doctors this year have accepted posts in
"They are the people who will help patients of the future"
Lorraine Heggessey, Chief Executive of The Royal
Foundation, which runs the Heads Together said:
"It’s very encouraging to see more trainee doctors
choosing to follow a career in psychiatry.
"Through Heads Together we continue to campaign to break the
stigma around mental health, and as more people come forward to
seek support, it’s vital there are specialists there to help
Becoming a psychiatrist
After medical school, trainees undergo a two-year foundation
training programme to bridge the gap between medical school and
further specialist training.
After Foundation training, junior doctors choose to follow
either General or Specialist medicine.
The six-year specialist psychiatry training programme is the
final step in the journey to become a consultant psychiatrist – the
most senior doctor specialising in mental health.
For further information, please
Telephone: 020 3701
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Note to editors:
For more information about #ChoosePsychiatry or a career in psychiatry, please visit www.rcpsych.ac.uk/choosepsychiatry
The figures show there were 707 applicants for Core Training in psychiatry (CT1) in 2017 – a 1.6 per cent increase of on 696 applicants in 2016.
Full breakdown of statistics are available https://www.nwpgmd.nhs.uk/
Applications for Feb 2019 intake open from 31 July 2018