Thank you for taking the time to review the PTC section of the RCPsych website.
If you’re a current psychiatry trainee – we are here for you! We represent you within and outside the College, and our number one priority this year is to improve our engagement with you. We want to thank you for everything you have done over the COVID-19 pandemic.
We understand the anxieties you may have had about your training and career progression, and we will continue to represent you within the College to make things as streamlined and trainee friendly as possible. We do this by having representation across the College committees and working closely with the training and workforce team at the College.
You are represented by a number of local trainees and they work hard to engage with you and represent you. We want to ensure that we represent the voices of every trainee across the country. Please have a look at the PTC map to find out who your local reps are.
We have written a little about the PTC below:
What do we do and who are we?
The PTC is a committee of the RCPsych Council. We represent, and are elected by, trainees across the devolved nations (Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales) and the divisions in England. As well as local representatives, we also have a national Medical Student rep, Foundation Doctor rep, Military rep, and International Medical Graduate rep. The Exams Rep and editor of The Registrar are co-opted onto the PTC.
Our priorities for 2021 - 2022:
We want to emphasise that this is your College and we are your committee within it. If you are a current psychiatry trainee, or a foundation doctor or medical student who may #ChoosePsychiatry as your specialty – we are here for you! We represent you on every committee within the RCPsych and some external bodies too, including Health Education England (HEE), the BMA and the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges (AoRMC).
We absolutely want to be the voice of trainees and want to engage with you at both a national and local level in order to do this as effectively as possible. Please look at the PTC map to see your local representatives, and feel free to reach out to them.
We know that the last few years have been difficult for several reasons. We want to thank you for everything you have done, and continue to do, during the COVID-19 pandemic. We would also like to say thank you for all the feedback you have given us about ARCPs, exams and recruitment. Please continue to provide us with your views; we can only be a powerful voice for trainees if we are clear on what you need, think, and care about.
We will keep you informed of our work through our bi-monthly newsletter. This has important information about training as well as valuable conferences, prizes, and publications; in a sea of emails, do try to read it. Also watch out for our trainee magazine The Registrar, published three times a year, and our foundation and medical student magazine, Future Psych.
Everything PTC is located on the RCPsych website. Please have a look at our resources page, where you can find our recent guides, including the Psychotherapy Training Report, Mentoring Guide and Cost of Training document, to name a few.
If you have yet to hear our You Are Not Alone podcasts, we encourage you to have a listen. They focus on wellbeing and some of the less openly discussed challenges of being a doctor and a trainee.
We hope to meet you either virtually or in-person at some of our events over the year. Please look out for the CT and ST welcome events, the Trainees’ Conference, and the Trainees’ Lounge at International Congress.
Connect with us
Email us at PTCsupport@rcpsych.ac.uk or contact us individually on social media.
We look forward to representing you over the coming year and getting to know as many of you as possible.
Very best wishes,
Dr Rosemary Gordon
Dr Sharon Holland
Dr Oli Sparasci