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Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry Trainees

This page is for trainees and supervisors interested in the vibrant and diverse specialty of Old Age Psychiatry.

The Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry is a busy and dynamic faculty made up of all grades of psychiatrist.  Our Executive committee is passionate about training and engaging with its trainee members at every level.  We know you’re the future of old age psychiatry, so we’ve put together some of the opportunities and useful information available to trainees in old age psychiatry.


Specialty Advisory Committee (SAC)

Chair: Dr Alex Bailey

The Specialty Advisory Committee is responsible for advising the Faculty on issues relating to training, from local issues to making recommendations to the GMC on the curriculum in old age psychiatry.  Our goal is to improve your lives as trainee psychiatrists and we want to involve you as much as possible in the way we achieve this.

If you want to get involved with the work of the SAC, please contact please contact Tony Roche at or Alex Bailey at

We especially want to find out where training is going well, and hear about innovations or excellent teaching programmes you’ve discovered.

If you have any questions or want to raise an issue about training or the curriculum (either as a trainee or a supervisor), please contact Tony Roche at or Alex Bailey at


Choose Psychiatry videos

The College’s Choose Psychiatry recruitment campaign was a big success. We want to ensure that potential trainees can continue to get information about how hugely fulfilling and enjoyable a career in old age psychiatry is. We've highlighted some videos which feature our specialty.




The higher trainee group

The Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry Higher Trainee group ( ST4-6 / CT4-6) provides a forum for the discussion of issues related to higher training, work and research. The group meets twice a year, usually at the Annual March Faculty Residential Meeting which is and at the SpR/ST4-6/CT4-6 Higher Trainees Conference. To join the group and contribute your ideas contact Dr Ayesha Bangash, SpR/ST4-6/CT4-6 Group Representative by email:


The Annual Old Age Higher Trainees National Conference

25 and 26 January 2018
Copthorne Hotel, Newcastle

This conference will explore clinical topics and recent advancements in old age psychiatry. It will also be a fantastic opportunity for networking and meeting other trainees.

Suitable for all professionals working in mental health.

To apply, please email a completed booking form to

Deadline for application is 20 of December 2017.

Download the programme.

Please direct enquiries to


Other ways to get involved in the community

The Faculty has a strong social media presence. Follow us on twitter @RCPsychOldAge and let us know what you think.



As well as hearing from you directly, the Faculty are planning to produce an ‘FAQ’ page for trainees and supervisors; got any burning questions? It could be a question relating to the curriculum or perhaps you’re unsure what the requirements are for being a supervisor. Whatever your questions, please email them to


Apply for a Prize

There are a number of prizes open to trainees, including the Mohsen Naguib Prize for the best short scientific paper, the Philip Davis Prize essay on a broadly based clinical topic relating to the care of the elderly mentally ill and the Poster Presentation Prize for the best poster presentation.


Free online Training for members

Trainees Online (TrOn) is free to RCPsych members. It provides interactive learning modules, to support trainee psychiatrists to prepare for the MRCPsych exams.


Your Stories

What makes people choose old age psychiatry? Read a selection of articles written by trainees.


Book recommendations

If there are any books which you want to recommend to trainees, we'd like to hear from you.

Please email


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