Dual Training in Forensic and General Adult Psychiatry

Introduction

This dual training scheme in Forensic and General Adult Psychiatry is of 5 years duration; with 3 years forensic psychiatry and 2 years in general adult psychiatry.  These will each be separate posts within each speciality. The objective of the training is to prepare the trainee for a future appointment as either a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist working within a secure setting or prison setting, or General Adult Psychiatrist, with special expertise in the management of risk posed to others in those with mental disorder.  The scheme is based on two established single specialty schemes in Health Education South West-Severn in Forensic Psychiatry and General Adult Psychiatry, and the updated curricula for each.  The combined training will lead to a dual award with CCTs in Forensic Psychiatry and General Adult Psychiatry.

Organisation of Training

The scheme will be flexible so the trainee is able to undertake either forensic or general adult training in the early years of training. The Training Programme Director for General Adult Psychiatry is Dr Sian Hughes and the Training Director Programme Director for Forensic Psychiatry is Dr Rosanne Macgregor-Morris.  The overview of the training scheme will not be set in stone but will be adapted to suit the training needs and interests of the individual trainee.  The training scheme will be designed to conform to the Royal College of Psychiatrists guidelines for training in both Forensic Psychiatry and General Adult Psychiatry, ensuring that all intended learning outcomes are achieved in both specialities.

Forensic Psychiatry

Trainees will generally rotate annually to a different specialty, but again this is flexible in that there are opportunities for blocks of special interest.  The base for Forensic Psychiatry is at the purpose built 80 bedded Medium Secure Service, Fromeside, in North Bristol.  The low secure service, Wickham Unit, is on the same site.  The rotation in Forensic Psychiatry allows for wide exposure to sub specialties within forensic psychiatry and a variety of clinical settings. 

Training Programme Director: Dr Rosanne Macgregor-Morris

Educational Supervisors: 

Dr Rosanne Macgregor-Morris, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist

Dr Peter Wood, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist and Clinical Director

Dr Theresa Tattan, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist and Medical Lead, Women’s Service

Dr Tim Amos, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist with a special interest in expertise in forensic research

Dr Dan Beales, Consultant Forensic Psychotherapist, Pathfinder (Personality Disorder) service

Within the 3 years training of forensic psychiatry there is the opportunity to gain clinical experience within a male medium secure service, the women’s medium secure service and the men’s low secure service.  In addition there is the opportunity to engage in a special interest within the specialist forensic learning disability and ASD ward within the medium secure forensic service.  There are also opportunities to have special interest time within the Pathfinder (Personality Disorder) Service which has close links to Probation and the Police.  The trainee will be expected to carry out assessments and clinics in a variety of acute mental health settings, local prisons for both men and women, carry out Parole reports and work with Court Assessment and Referrals Service providing advice to the Courts.

Educational opportunities

Please refer to the overview of the Forensic Psychiatry training scheme for details.

Example of timetable

Please refer to the overview of the Forensic Psychiatry Training Scheme for details.

For queries about Forensic Psychiatry please contact Dr Rosanne Macgregor-Morris on rosanne.macgregor-morris@nhs.net

General Adult Psychiatry

The Severn School of Psychiatry offers wide opportunities for training in General Adult Psychiatry.  The trainee will undertake one Core Year to include acute inpatient and community work.   The additional year can be chosen from any of the available GA posts.  Please refer to the overview of the General Adult Psychiatry Training Scheme for details.

Educational opportunities

Please refer to the overview of the General Adult Psychiatry training scheme for details.

Example of timetables

Please refer to the overview of the General Adult Psychiatry Training Scheme for details.

For queries about General Adult Psychiatry please contact Dr Sian Hughes on sian.hughes2@nhs.net