Training and development (CAP)

This page provides useful information on the training and development for this specialty and also has tips for people at all stages of their training including medical school.

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Training for child and adolescent psychiatry comprises two main stages:

The length of training can vary, for example it is possible to train flexibly if you fulfil the criteria for Less than Full Time Training, (LTFT).

Core psychiatry training provides experience in the different areas of psychiatric practice through four to six month training posts.

Specialty training comprises three blocks of 12 months each, in areas that are relevant to child and adolescent psychiatry.

This information is correct at the time of writing. Full and accurate details of training pathways are available from medical royal colleges or the GMC. 

You need at least 36 months’ whole time experience in psychiatry (not including foundation modules) or 36 months’ whole time training in psychiatry posts in an EU country before being accepted for ST4 training. Additional qualifications such as an intercalated degree are desirable.

An interest and realistic insight into psychiatry and mental health is essential. Experience of extra-curricular activities, achievements and interests relevant to the specialty are also desirable.

Selection panels also look for evidence of academic and research achievements, which as well as additional academic qualifications include prizes, awards, distinctions, publications and presentations. An understanding of research, audit and teaching is also important as is evidence of the ability to work in a multidisciplinary team. Good leadership and organisational skills are also important.

Detailed entry requirements and all essential and desirable criteria are listed in the  NHS Person Specification 2017 for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry ST4.

Detailed entry requirements and all essential and desirable criteria are listed in the NHS person Specification 2017 for Core Training in Psychiatry CT1.

All 2017 person specifications can be found on the NHS specialty training website. Please note that these documents are updated every year in the autumn before the recruitment round opens.

The GMC provides information on the curriculum for child and adolescent training.  

This information is correct at the time of writing. Full and accurate details of training pathways are available from medical royal colleges, local education and training boards (LETBs) or the GMC.

The Integrated Academic Training Pathway

If you are interested in research the integrated academic pathway may be for you. Trainees can apply for the two-year academic foundation programme instead of a normal foundation programme. Entry is highly competitive.

After completion of the academic foundation trainees can then apply for academic core training posts (instead of normal core training)

Trainees can then apply for academic specialty training.

A PhD is often taken, either during core or specialty training.

You will normally be appointed as an academic clinical fellow during ST1-2 and as a lecturer at ST3 and until the end of your training.

Getting in tips

It is important to develop your practical skills and interest in psychiatry as early as you can. This will also give you valuable experience to add to your CV.

Here are some suggestions for people at different stages of their career:

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