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RCPsych NI Trainees




Dr Gerry Lynch and our new members - May 2017 - Ulster Reform Club

Psychiatric Trainees Committee in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland has 3 representatives on the central college PTC.  The PTC reps also represent  trainees locally on the NI Executive Committee.  In Northern Ireland we have Core (CT1-3) and Senior (ST4-6)Trainee Committees.  Joint meeting take place on 6-8 weekly basis and are attended by both Core and Senior Trainees.  All trainees are encouraged to attend meetings and are welcome to attend Faculty meetings.

PTC Rep and Chair of Senior Trainees Committee in NI - Dr Margaret Kelly

PTC Rep and Co-Chair of Senior Trainees Committee in NI - Dr Graeme Young

PTC Rep and Chair of Core Trainees Committee in NI - Dr Colin Gorman

NI Trainees Committee Meeting Dates 

Information for Trainees


Achieve, Develop, Explore Programme for Trainees (ADEPT)

NIMDTA, in cooperation with partner host organisations in Northern Ireland, launched a Clinical Leadership Fellows’ programme for the first time during  the 2015-2016 training year. This programme provides senior doctors in training an opportunity to take time out of programme for 1 year to work in an apprenticeship model with senior leaders in host organisations in Northern Ireland to develop organisational and leadership skills.

Clinical Leadership Fellows undertake one or more specific projects in their host organisations under supervision, attend formal leadership training including mentoring and coaching, and be provided with opportunities to network and learn with healthcare colleagues.

Dr Judy Curran has provided the following reflection on her experience over the last year:


“I, like most interested Trainees, applied for ADEPT to enhance my understanding of the managerial aspects of healthcare. Whilst I felt clinically equipped to step up to Consultant level when the time came, I was daunted by the prospect of navigating the NHS management structures within the role. I was hopeful that ADEPT could assist me in gaining some of the knowledge I felt I was lacking. I was hosted by Belfast Health and Social Care Trust for 2016/17. My role involved leading on the development and delivery of a Trust wide project focused on strengthening Trainee engagement from an organisational perspective. I was additionally involved in increasing capability for Quality Improvement within the Trust. Throughout my year, I had the opportunity to work with and learn from various senior leaders, including the Medical Director and Deputy Medical Director in particular. In terms of my experience, I feel ADEPT exceeded my expectations. I had several opportunities to develop working relationships with colleagues from both clinical and non-clinical backgrounds which otherwise I would not have been exposed to. I was also able to work closely with and learn from colleagues from other specialties, which was a worthwhile and enlightening experience. ADEPT gave me a valuable insight into the wider healthcare system, which is important too. I also had my eyes opened to more effective ways of collective working, which we should all be striving towards. By having protected time to step out of training and the chance to become involved in strategic projects, I was able to strengthen numerous personal and professional skills and reflect on how to improve my future practice. ADEPT is a fantastic opportunity and I would strongly encourage other Trainees to avail of it.”


EFPT Exchange Programme

The European Psychiatric Exchange Programme aims to promote an intercultural professional exchange and cooperation among psychiatric trainees across Europe, with a focus on individual experience.

EFPT is able to offer observer placements (2-6 weeks) in 11 host countries. 


Psychiatry Work Experience

Sophia Turner - Psychiatry Work Experience Podcast

Sophia Turner is a sixth form student from Belfast. She is keen to pursue a career in medicine, specifically psychiatry. As part of her work experience, Sophia worked in a Children’s Learning Disability In-Patient Unit.  You can listen to a podcast of Sophia's experience


Further information on a career in psychiatry

RCPsych - A Career in Psychiatry

NIMDTA (Northern Ireland Medical & Dental Training Agency)

Queens University Belfast - School of Psychiatry



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