A Whole System Approach to Psychiatry Education in Northern Ireland

The Autumn 2017 Edition of the Royal Society of Psychiatry Insight Magazine has featured the success of Northern Ireland in attracting doctors into Psychiatry as a career.

In this article http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/pdf/RCPsych_Insight_Magazine_Autumn_2017.pdf Dr Damien Hughes, Head of NIMDTA School of Psychiatry explains how the Queen’s University of Belfast (QUB), the NIMDTA Foundation School and the NIMDTA School of Psychiatry have worked with the Royal College of Psychiatry in Northern Ireland and the five Health and Social Care Trusts in NI to de-stigmatise the specialty of psychiatry and to expose medical students and Foundation doctors to the specialty during their undergraduate and postgraduate attachments.

Recruitment into the specialty at Core level runs at 90-100% capacity in NI compared with 60-70% success rate in the rest of the UK.

Dr Hughes puts the success of the programme in attracting doctors into the specialty down to close collaboration with QUB, RCPsych and HSC Trusts, innovation and showcasing the specialty in a positive light.



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