Entry requirements, skills and interests (CAP)
This page provides useful information about the entry requirements needed for this specialty up to and including foundation training. It also includes information on the skills and interests you will need.
Before you train as a psychiatrist you must complete a degree in medicine and have obtained a MBBS or equivalent qualification. Find out about getting into medical school.
You then need to complete a two-year foundation programme and then three years of core training. After successfully completing your first year of foundation training you become eligible for registration as a doctor with the General Medical Council (GMC). Foundation training includes undertaking rotations in a range of specialties including surgery.
To find information about the Foundation Programme, visit our applying for foundation training page.
Skills and interests
Child and adolescent psychiatrists also need:
- the ability to communicate well with children and their families, who may be anxious or distressed
- the ability to see things from a child’s perspective and to be able to relate to children in a way that they can understand
- empathy and compassion and the ability to treat others with understanding and respect
- emotional resilience and initiative to work in challenging situations
- the ability to tolerate significant levels of anxiety in their clients and other professionals when a child is unwell or disturbed
- the ability to work collaboratively as part of a large multidisciplinary team, and to build positive relationships with other agencies to strengthen support systems for children
- good problem-solving skills, using logical/lateral thinking
- an analytical and scientific approach
- good leadership skills, with the ability to organise and motivate other team members
If you're applying for a role either directly in the NHS or in an organisation that provides NHS services you'll be asked to show how you think the NHS values apply in your everyday work. The same will be true if you're applying for a university course funded by the NHS.