Entry requirements, skills and interests (liaison psychiatry)

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.

Entry requirements

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 psychiatry.

To find information about the Foundation Programme, visit our applying for foundation training page.

Skills and interests

Liaison psychiatrists need:

  • good basic medical knowledge
  • empathy and compassion and the ability to treat others with understanding and respect
  • a calm and efficient approach
  • excellent listening skills
  • emotional resilience and initiative to work in challenging situations
  • the ability to make swift and accurate diagnoses
  • excellent communication skills - to relate well to people from many different backgrounds
  • good problem-solving and decision-making skills, using logical/lateral thinking
  • the ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team and alongside other medical specialties
  • leadership ability

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.

Find out more about NHS values.

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