Severn Postgraduate Medical Education Psychiatry Core Training Course

For a copy of the 2018-2019 timetable please see the link below. 

The Severn Core Psychiatry Course is designed to: 

  • To significantly reduce costs and release remaining study leave funding to core trainees
  • To revise and improve the current course structure to meet the needs of the trainees
  • Improve trainees' performance at the MRCPsych exams
  • Help trainees develop even better standards of clinical practice

The structure of the Core Psychiatry Course has been adapted to best serve trainees as they progress through their core training. We have worked with trainee representatives to ensure that different learning styles are accommodated.

The course timetable is designed to fit with the exam timetable, so trainees are well prepared for each paper and the CASC exam. The course runs over 3 years: each year builds on the skills and knowledge already acquired. Most teaching is done in modular blocks. Advanced Communication Skills training is an important element which runs throughout the first two years of the course, with a morning session relevant to the particular module. 

CT1 Course

  • Core Key Skills
  • Advanced Communication Skills
  • Introduction to Psychotherapy
  • Core Psychiatry - General Adult, Older Adult & Liaison
  • Exam technique/teaching skills
  • Neurosciences
  • Psychotherapy
  • NHS Management

CT2 Course

  • Critical Appraisal
  • Learning Disability
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Addictions
  • Ethics & exam technique
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • NHS Management

CT3 Course

  • CASC
  • Psychotherapy
  • NHS Management
  • Ethics
  • Interview Skills and Preparation for ST4

The CT3 course is brief (approx 6 days) leaving CT3 trainees the capacity to pursue post-membership special interest and research.


The course runs on Thursdays at the Vassall Centre in Fishponds (BS16 2QQ). There is ample car parking space without charge at the venue or on street parking. 

For a copy of the 2018-2019 timetable please email: Laura Trigger

Core Psychiatry Training Course Contacts

Dr Reenee Barton  (Core Psychiatry Course Lead) 

Core Psychiatry Course Administration Team                        

Dr Linda Heaney (Core Psychiatry Training Programme Director) 

Dr Melanie Merricks (Head of School)





 Please see the up to date timetable

 Date of timetable: 01/08/2018. Updated 20th February 2019.


Please be aware that there are several dates written in white on the timetable. These dates are still not confirmed and are subject to change. You will be kept informed at the earliest opportunity.