The School of Psychiatry is committed to ensuring that Wales offers a high quality, curriculum driven, sustainable training programme with the aim of producing psychiatrists of the highest calibre who will deliver the best possible care for their patients.
Psychiatrists enjoy a combination of intellectual challenge and the opportunity to really understand the 'whole patient'. Psychiatry offers diversity of practice across a broad range of clinical and community settings.
Psychiatry training is split into three years of core training and three years specialty training. Core takes in basic skills as well as getting a flavour of more specialist areas such as child mental health and addictions. On completion of membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists trainees are then eligible to apply for a three-year specialist training scheme to pursue interests in either child, adult, old age psychiatry, intellectual disability or forensics.
Trainees in Wales benefit from exceptionally supportive peer and professional relationships and high standards of teamwork. Trainees in Wales also enjoy close links with the Royal College devolved council. This allows opportunities to influence policy and practice around mental health at a national level. On top of this, Wales is host to high quality research centres and medical schools, meaning trainees have access to experts in research and education if that is their interest.
As part of a Welsh Government initiative, trainees in Wales are eligible to receive reimbursement for the costs of the first sitting of the MRCPsych membership examinations. This is unique to Wales and currently worth around £2000.
Overall, Wales provides high quality clinical training with access to exceptional opportunities - all in a friendly and supportive environment.
All trainees are expected to be familiar with the relevant curriculum for the training programme they are registered on. Details can be found on the Royal College of Psychiatrists website.