Advanced Trainee Chair job description

The Advanced Trainee Representative ultimately is there to listen and represent the voices of the higher trainees within the deanery. This includes highlighting important issues that may impact on Advanced Trainees and acting as an intermediary between the trainees and the Deanery. The role involves attending meetings with the school board and also with the TPD, postgraduate tutors and senior medical education staff from the different trusts. The role is also important in terms of bringing trainees together across the Deanery, and in helping to ensure that, by listening to the views of trainees, the high educational standards for Advanced Psychiatry training in Severn continue

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