Advanced Trainee Chair job description

Role: Advanced Trainee Chair
Post duration: Up to 2 years

Benefits of the role:

  • Greater understanding of the Severn School of Psychiatry organisation and roles within training framework
  • Opportunities to demonstrate leadership and project management skills
  • Opportunity to gain experience working in committee structures
  • A good way to gain understanding of health organisations in a broader context
  • A good way to build relationships with senior colleagues across the Severn School of Psychiatry


  • An interest in training and representing colleagues
  • Good time management and organisational skills
  • Effective communication skills
  • Be able to reliably commit to attending meetings and managing projects
  • Have support from your TPD prior to applying

Trainee responsibilities:

  • Representing the trainees at the Severn School of Psychiatry level at the school board, advanced training group (ATG), and quality assurance group.
    • This will require a system in place to canvass opinion of colleagues prior to the ATG.
  • Dissemination of information from these meetings to trainees
    • Representatives will need to ensure timely preparation of reports to feedback to colleagues
  • Take a proactive approach to enhancing training
    • Including contribution to and leadership of new and existing initiatives
  • Co-ordinate advertisement of post at end of position and election of successor
    • This includes arranging a formal handover
  • Taking a supporting role in the organisation of the Peer Group Meetings and also the biannual SpR Education Event
  • Along with secretary, ensuring the other ATC positions are filled
  • Setting the agenda for, and chairing SpR peer group meetings 3-4 times annually
  • Aiming to create a collegiate atmosphere between the members of the committee, and also in the SpR body as a whole.

The Severn School of Psychiatry responsibilities:

  • To work with trainees to improve training delivery
    • If there are issues outside of the deaneries remit, then to direct trainees to the right channels
  • Administrative support to fulfil the role
    • To aid with the dissemination of information
    • Distributing minutes and agendas for meetings
  • Expenses to cover travel to meetings
  • Support for leave to attend meetings
  • Recognition of the role at ARCP