RCPsych in Scotland
Scottish Training & Recruitment Group (STARG)
Dr Rhiannon Pugh
Medical student representatives from the four Student Psychiatry
Interest Groups in Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh are also
invited to attend.
Secretariat provided by Susan
A career in psychiatry
A new recruitment leaflet aimed at school students to promote,
and advise about, a career in psychiatry has been published.
Available to download here, it is also
available in hard copy on request. It has been circulated to
all Senior Schools in Scotland, in addition to other
career outlets (i.e. Skills Development Scotland).
This group has been active in Scotland for a number of
years. Previous achievements include:-
- a book on how to teach psychiatry (published in the Summer of
- a course on Teaching Skills for Trainee
- several contributions to The Psychiatrist
- several sessions delivered at Academic Meetings of the College
In addition in has undertaken research into recruitment and
retention (with a survey of all Scottish members carried out in
2003) and research into career choices of Foundation Year
The composition of the group seeks to be representative of NHS
and academic psychiatrists, the psychiatric specialties and
the different areas of Scotland, but the main criterion for
membership is an interest in teaching and/or recruitment.
It meets in Edinburgh at RCPsych in Scotland's offices three
times a year.
Letter from Dr Tom Brown
What can I
It has always been my view that every single
member of the College needs to take responsibility for recruitment.
We need to regard every contact we have with school students,
medical students and young doctors as important. In each such
contact we are in effect an “advert for psychiatry” either for good
or for ill. Specifically, consider doing one or even all of the
1. Make yourself aware of
the Student Associate grade and promote it amongst your
2. Support your local
Psychiatry Society - offer to speak or help them find speakers.
3. Consider supporting your
PTC reps to start a Buddy Scheme in your area if none exist. The
PTC has guidance on the setting up and running of buddy schemes and
will be able to identify trainees happy to take part.
4. Consider providing
workplace based experience for school students. The College
position statement on providing work experience placements can be
found on the
5. Consider running a
Psychiatry Student Selected Module.
6. Support the development
of Summer and Autumn Schools.
7. Be a Foundation trainer
or even provide a Taster.
8. Encourage Foundation
doctors to continue to engage with the College and promote the
forthcoming FD membership grade.
9. Remember that “every
moment counts” in nurturing future psychiatrists, whether they are
school students, medical students or Foundation doctors.
As ever we welcome input and suggestions from
the membership on what we can do differently. Please feel free to
Dr Tom Brown
Associate Registrar (Recruitment into
Dr Tom Brown’s full report to Council can be
Useful links on careers and foundation training