Officers' welcome


On behalf of the other Psychiatric Trainees’ Committee (PTC) executive committee (Dr Gemma Buston – Vice-Chair, and Dr John Moore – Secretary), I have written a few words to introduce you to our committee. I’m Chris, a gay, gospel singing, self-doubting, graphic-designing organisationista, and I have the absolute joy of chairing this committee from August 2022 to August 2023. You can find more about me and my psychiatry journey by reading a blog I wrote for the #ChoosePsychiatry campaign.

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 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 our PTC representatives page or visit

Who are we and what do we do?

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 representative, Foundation Doctor representative, Military representative, and International Medical Graduate representative. The exams representative and editor of The Registrar are co-opted onto the PTC.

PTC Chair – Chris Walsh

Our priorities for 2022-2023

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 have prepared a document summarising our key priorities for our term of 2022-2023.

The PTC and you

We have prepared an interactive pamphlet summarising all our projects and what we are getting up to this year – please go to and have a look! If anything grabs your attention or if you have ideas about things we should be working on, please get in touch.

Connect with us

Email us at 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 Chris Walsh, ST4 GAP, NI

Dr Gemma Buston, ST4 POA, North West England
Vice Chair

Dr John Moore, ST6 Forensic Psychiatry, Northern England

PTC Executive Committee 2023
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