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

The Psychiatric Trainees' Committee

The Psychiatric Trainees’ Committee (PTC) is a national community representing psychiatric trainees within the United Kingdom. We believe passionately that through driving improvements in the quality of training and through supporting and valuing each other, we can improve the quality of care and the lives of people with mental illness.


The PTC sends a representative to almost every committee in the College and the trainee representatives do far more than observe the workings of these committees, and take an active role in influencing College policy. PTC representatives on other committees are elected annually from within the PTC membership.


The PTC is represented at the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges via the Academy Trainee Doctors’ Group, and at the BMA Junior Doctors’ Committee meetings. Representatives of the PTC attend meetings of the European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees and are involved in various working groups looking at training issues across Europe.


CT1 trainee survey

Recruitment into Psychiatry has always been a challenge and there are lots of misconceptions that people can have which might put them off. We are glad that you have made the decision to train in Psychiatry and the Psychiatric Trainees Committee welcomes you and hopes to be able to support you to have a long and fulfilling career. We want to be able to encourage other doctors to join us in Choosing Psychiatry and this is where we need your help!


We would be really grateful if you could spare a few minutes completing this survey to help us understand the factors which may have given you reservations about joining the specialty and those which helped you to decide that Psychiatry was for you! We want to look at your experiences both before and after qualification and see if there are any areas that the College can focus on to help draw doctors like yourselves to train in psychiatry.


Having more doctors training to be psychiatrists can significantly improve patient care and the experience of doctors already working within the specialty. We hope that you would be able to spare some time for this cause and complete the survey.

CT Welcome Evening

We would like to welcome new trainees to our free event on 19 April at The Institute of Mental Health.

Welcome message from Dr Charlotte Blewett, PTC Chair (2017-2018)

Dr Charlotte Blewett

Thank you for taking the time to look up Psychiatric Trainees’ Committee (PTC) webpages. Welcome! My name is Charlotte Blewett and I’m the PTC Chair for 2017 – 2018.


The PTC is composed of pre and post membership trainees from across the UK, and you will find a map showing who and where we are here.


Trainees are working in a complex and changing climate for the NHS. The Royal College of Psychiatry takes the opinions of it's trainees seriously. A PTC representative contributes to virtually all College committees. We have an active role influencing its work and policy, ensuring we represent trainee views on a national level.


The PTC also conducts project work with the central aim of improving training in psychiatry. In previous years the PTC has conducted and contributed to a variety of projects including:


Completing a national review into trainee morale and training: Supported and Valued

Hosting PTC Conference: Return to Practice


Over the next 12 months the PTC has developed projects focusing on recruitment and retention, engagement and sustainability and fatigue whilst on call. However if you think there is something we should be bringing to attention please let us know.


You can keep up to date with the work of the PTC by following us on Facebook and Twitter. The PTC also publishes the Registrar: the PTC magazine Please get in touch with your local representatives or contact me via


Finally, please consider standing for election and joining the PTC. Being a PTC representative gives you the opportunity to make a real difference to psychiatry training. You will also get to meet and work alongside enthusiastic and committed trainees from across the country. For more information on elections see here.


I hope to hear from you soon.




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