Supported and valued: a trainee-led review
As the Junior Doctors' contract dispute in England waged on
during 2016/17, we looked for ways to help trainees across all four
nations be hear on big issues such as trainee morale and the
quality of training.
Psychiatric Trainees’ Committee organised and led a series of
regional focus groups across all eleven Division of the
College between June 2016 - January 2017. This was followed by a
Each focus group concentrated on three key lines of enquiry,
highlighting what trainees thought was currently working well and
what steps we could take to improve in the future.
In April 2017 we published our final review:
Supported and valued: A trainee-led review into morale and
training in psychiatry? (PDF)
Outcomes from the review:
While more work needs to be done to ensure fairer training
opportunities throughout the UK, the quality of psychiatric
training and the opportunities we receive exceeds many other
We were touched by the expressions of gratitude from trainees
towards their seniors and their multidisciplinary colleagues
throughout this review.
We encourage all psychiatrists to be ambassadors for the
profession by encouraging others to #ChoosePsychiatry
and to support and value one another.
We are pleased to receive ongoing support from our College
Officers and welcome their commitments to learn from the evidence
gathered within this review and, in conjunction with the PTC, act
on the issues raised:
- The PTC are producing a guide to help local education providers
develop ‘Enhanced Junior Doctor Forums’. Through regular
communication with senior management we believe that, if
implemented and engaged with effectively, this will lead to the
resolution of many concerns that were raised as part of this
- The PTC are initiating a national review ‘Staying safe - a
trainee-led review into fatigue within psychiatry’. Exploring the
working conditions and facilities available to psychiatric trainees
out of hours we hope to highlight best practice and introduce
guidelines for local education providers to ensure the wellbeing
and safety of all trainees across the UK.
- In collaboration, the Education and
Training Committee, Head of Schools Committee and PTC, are
preparing national ARCP guidance for Core Trainees and a policy for
competency vs. time based progression through training. Aiming to
alleviate anxiety and reduce inconsistencies across the UK in the
standards required to achieve a satisfactory outcome at ARCP we
hope this will make a real difference to trainees across the
- In conjunction with the Leadership and Management Committee,
the PTC are establishing an in-programme leadership and management
scheme that will be available across the UK for higher trainees
providing greater career autonomy.
We will continue to drive improvements in the quality of
training and in supporting and valuing each other.
However, the real power is with you. We all have autonomy over
our behaviour and, on the basis of our findings, we implore you to
make a difference.
Through the power of marginal gains, even the smallest of
changes can make a big difference.
Dr Alex Till
Supported and valued Lead