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

Handbook for Psychiatric Trainees

Edited by Dinesh Bhugra and Oliver Howes

Price: £15.00

Members' discount available

Published: Feb 2008

Format: Paperback

Number of pages: 332

ISBN: 9781904671343

Handbook for Psychiatric Trainees

The recent transformation of postgraduate medical education has changed the landscape of psychiatric training. This handbook is a must for anyone trying to navigate the terrain. It covers a wide range of topics, from ethical reasoning in psychiatry to more practical aspects of coping at a personal level. It informs trainees about liaison with key players in their training and provides an overview of virtually every aspect of the trainee’s professional life. The book will be invaluable for psychiatric trainees and trainers. Those who are interested in choosing psychiatry as a career will find it a useful introduction to the subject and to what psychiatrists do.

  • Essential guide to postgraduate training in psychiatry.
  • Written and edited by opinion leaders in medical education and by doctors who have recently completed training.
  • Practical and accessible approach.
  • Focus on personal development and well-being, as well as educational achievement.

About the editors:

Dinesh Bhugra is President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (2008-11) and is also a past Dean of the College (2003-08); Professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London; and an Honorary Consultant at the South London and Maudsley Foundation NHS Trust. He has written extensively on cultural factors and mental illness, psychosexual medicine and spirituality.

Oliver Howes has recently navigated specialist training and emerged relatively unscathed as Senior Clinical Lecturer in Neuroimaging at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London and Honorary Consultant at the South London and Maudsley Foundation NHS Trust. He also teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate psychiatry courses at the Maudsley and is a trainee mentor.

"Of particular use to the new traineee attempting to navigate his/her way through early psychiatry jobs.  It would also be invaluable to prospective trainees wishing to learn more about what a life in psychiatry entails and wanting to prepare for interviews."

- British Journal of Hospital Medicine


1. Psychiatric training: the next steps - Dinesh Bhugra

2. Global healthcare systems - Dinesh Bhugra and Shekhar Saxena

3. History and structure of the National Health Service - Ross Overshott, Alistair Burns and Dinesh Bhugra

4. The College - Gareth Holsgrove, Vanessa Cameron and Dinesh Bhugra

5. The General Medical Council - Sheila A. Mann

6. Ethical reasoning in psychiatry - Gwen Adshead

7. Compulsory treatment, capacity and consent - Jonathan Bindman

8. Bio-psychosocial models of aetiology and management - Peter Tyrer

9. Clinical psychology - Padmal de Silva

10. Occupational therapy - Hilary Williams

11. Mental health nursing - Richard Gray and Hilary McCallion

12. Social work - Alan Rushton

13. Chaplains in the psychiatric setting - Mark Sutherland

14. Personal safety - Michael J. Travis

15. Managing violence - Michael J. Travis

16. Managing difficult clinical situations - Cleo Van Velsen

17. Understanding and managing stress - Jerome Carson and Frank Holloway

18. Managing time: the key to professional success - Carl Gray

19. Negotiation skills - Peter Hill

20. Presentation skills - Kalyani Katz and Pramod Prabhakaran

21. Mental health review tribunals: reports and hearings - Kalyani Katz and Pramod Prabhakaran

22. How to get published - Povl Munk-Jørgensen

23. Mental health informatics - Martin Baggaley

24. Clinical governance - Rosalind Ramsay and Eleanor Cole

25. Lifelong learning and revalidation   Joe Bouch

26. Mentoring and shadowing - Koravangattu Valsraj and Cecilia Wells

27. The MRCPsych examinations - Stephen Tyrer and Femi Oyebode

28. Flexible training - Jane Marshall

29. UK training for overseas doctors and opportunities for UK doctors to train outside the EEC - Nick Rose

30. Academic careers - Anne Farmer

31. Higher degrees - Sube Banerjee

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