Psychiatry in Foundation Programme Training
The Northern Foundation School Policy relating to FP/Psychiatry posts aims to provide clarity on key aspects of these posts for the benefit of current and future trainees and for acute and mental health trust colleagues within the FP network. Please click here to view the policy.
For any queries in relation to FP/Psychiatry, please contact the Northern Foundation School FP/Psychiatry Lead: Dr Prathibha Rao
Overview of an FP doctor's role whilst working in psychiatry
Posts are generally 4 months in length, based within a variety of specialties within psychiatry. By the end of the rotation, the FP trainee will be expected to develop confidence in obtaining comprehensive psychiatric history, mental state examinations, and develop formulations with appropriate management plans. They will be able to gain exposure and become confident in identifying common psychiatric presentations and develop awareness of how to deal with them. They will gain an understanding of the different services within psychiatry, the care programme framework and interface of psychiatry with other specialties. The trainee will be an integral part of the Multidisciplinary team, provide medical input as well as contribute to joint working in terms of psychiatric assessments, risk assessments and treatment plans.
The trainee will have a nominated clinical supervisor in psychiatry who will offer 1 hourly education supervision every week and ensure that your educational objectives are met and learning is consolidated. Most trainees benefit from unique and important opportunities in developing the core leadership skills, presentation and communication skills.