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General adult psychiatry higher training

Our training programme in General Adult (GA) psychiatry is a large scheme with posts across South East, West and North Wales. The scheme offers opportunities for a wide range of clinical experience, together with access to resources to develop teaching, research, audit, management and leadership.

Trainees are offered a three year programme with clinical posts in a variety of settings, in teaching centres and district general hospitals, covering both urban and rural populations in six health boards across Wales.

Trainees will work in different clinical placements to achieve experience with in-patients and patients within the community. In addition, there are opportunities to work in specialist teams such as:

  • early intervention teams
  • crisis resolution home treatment teams
  • neuropsychiatry
  • eating disorders service.

Trainees have opportunities to gain an endorsement in rehabilitation, liaison or substance misuse, with several posts available in each of these sub specialties.

Each trainee can undertake Special Interest sessions in services such as ADHD clinics, neuropsychiatry and psychotherapy service.

There are higher trainee educational days organised by a committee of trainees who are elected by their peers to this role. Throughout training trainees will be actively involved in teaching, training and supervision including the MRCPsych course and medical student teaching. Trainees will have the opportunity to attend management courses which are relevant to their needs.

Research opportunities are available in each placement for trainees and the training scheme has strong links with local university academic departments and supervision would be available for trainees wishing to achieve a higher research degree.

Each trainee is allocated an Educational Supervisor (accredited by the Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW)) who oversees the full three years of training. In addition, trainees have a Clinical Supervisor for each of their placements.


The training programme director for general adult psychiatry training in Wales is Dr Somashekara Shivashankar. He is happy to be contacted via email to answer any questions potential applicants to the training programme may have.