The opportunities for good clinical experience are immense. The Trust covers a substantial part of the North East and North Yorkshire, has a record of accomplishment and of proven excellence.

Student selective components (SSCs)

Student selective components (SSCs) form an important part of the medical undergraduate curriculum. An SSC provides a fourth year medical student with a chance to build upon their mental health experience by concentrating on an area they enjoy or were not given an opportunity to cover before.

TEWV has an interesting and innovative student selected components (SSC) portfolio for 2013.  We have included all areas of psychiatry as well as several collaborative projects. Most of the modules are new and several of them are non-medical.

We believe that our specialism has relevance to all clinicians and disciplines, and with this in mind, we encourage all students to consider psychiatry as an SSC option.

Some of the SSCs are non-medical (but clinical): psychology, medical education, pharmacy, chaplaincy and nurse-consultancy. Students are required to undertake one clinical SSC, though two are advised.

A new collaborative approach has been used to build some of the modules:

ECT/anaesthetics; GP/psychiatry; learning disability/genetics; eating disorders/nutritional medicine; child and adolescent mental health services/paediatrics.

  • Our other SSCs encompass the range of mental health services: child, adolescence, adult, older people and learning disability.
  • There will be additional SSC submissions in December, for April.
  • All SSC providers are willing to amend the aims and objectives in order to help individuals develop their own interests. 
  • TEWV can provide free accommodation or help with travel expenses.

Both Leeds and Newcastle Universities have SCC programmes. The two differ considerably in style. At Leeds the SSC runs throughout the whole course whilst Newcastle offers three SSC placements during the fourth year.

Leeds University

TEWV support the provision of the SSCs to Leeds University and offer programmes in Harrogate.

Newcastle University

TEWV has an innovative portfolio of SSCs available to Newcastle students; medical, academic and non medical. For Newcastle students we offer on site accommodation or a travel bursary.
An individual timetable is arranged and personal interests are taken into account.

Our student selected components for 2013 are: 

Adult Community Mental Health – Affective

Dr Lenny Cornwall
Foxrush House, Redcar
This placement will provide you with an in depth experience of adult psychiatry, working in a multi disciplinary team within the community.

Adult Forensic Mental Health

Dr Phil Brown
Ridgeway - Roseberry Park, Middlesbrough/HMPs Home House, Frankland/Low Newton/Rampton Special Hospital/courts within the Teesside and County Durham area.
The team provide community, inpatient and rehabilitation forensic services for people with mental health problems and learning disabilities. The inpatient services, including medium and low secure environments, are based mainly at Roseberry Park with step down units in Lanchester Road Hospital in Durham.
The community forensic services including criminal justice liaison services work across the whole offending behaviour pathway. They also provide services to the North East cluster of prisons.

An Introduction to Adult Learning Disabilities services

Dr Neel Murugesan
Shannon House, Durham
This team provides specialist assessment and treatment services to people with learning disabilities and mental health problems, epilepsy and challenging behaviour. These are provided as community and inpatient services as well as rehabilitation services. The main sites are Roseberry Park, Bankfields Court in Middlesbrough, Lustrum Vale in Stockton and Warren Road in Hartlepool.
The health facilitation teams work to raise the profile of people with learning disabilities in mainstream services and to improve access to health care for them.

Nutritional Medicine and Eating Disorders

Dr Melanie Temple
Birch Ward, West Park Hospital, Darlington/University Hospital of North Tees, Stockton
Birch Ward is part of The Northern Centre for Eating Disorders (NCED), which is made up of two specialist eating disorder inpatient units:
• Birch Ward treats adults
• The Evergreen Centre in Middlesbrough treats children and young people
Birch Ward is a 15 bed centre which provides individual care for adults with eating disorders, in a specially designed environment.

Prison in-reach; the journey and treatment of offenders

Lisa Taylor
Mental Health Team, Holme House Prison, Stockton
This primary care team and community mental health team has been established to provide services for the prisoners of HMP Home House, a category C prison in Stockton. We offer a range of interventions in this needs-led service which addresses mild/moderate mental health needs to severe and/or ensuring mental illness. The multi disciplinary teams provide mental health care to the male population modelled on services provided in all other, non secure communities.

Crisis and Resolution

Dr Mark Appleton
Lanchester Road Hospital, Durham
The team provides crisis services for adults aged 16 years and over. The crisis service is:
• Available 24 hours a day/365 days a year
• Capable of rapid response
• Able to spend time flexibly with the client and social network
They have a multi-disciplinary team approach to care and have involvement from crisis through to resolution. They ensure that service user and carers are linked to ongoing care where appropriate.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mood Disorders

Jonathan Ash, Nurse Consultant
West Park, Darlington/Lakeside, Middlesbrough
The specialist affective disorders service based at West Park Hospital is responsible for people with severe, complex and persistent mental health conditions, which predominantly affect mood and also have an effect on thoughts, behaviours and emotions. These include depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and bipolar disorder.

An SSC offers an introduction to mood disorders, prescribing, therapies and effects of mood on physical health through shadowing of clinics and one to one discussions. Students will learn to identify modalities for these and learn about the long term effects of mood disorders and the links to physical health.

Electroconvulsive Therapy and Anaesthetics (ECT)

Dr Vinod Chaugule and Maureen Longstaff
Ryedale Suite, Roseberry Park, Middlesbrough & theatres within James Cook University Hospital
The ECT team is based in the Ryedale Suite. They provide ECT services for adult mental health, mental health services for older people, community and forensic patients.
The SSC provides the student with an opportunity to follow a course of ECT, observe the administration of anaesthesia and recovery. Also the student may accompany the Liaison Psychiatrist in an acute setting to review patients, gaining consent or assessing for treatment.

Mental Health for Older People

Dr Mina Bobdey
Woodside Resource Centre, Middlesbrough
The student will encounter the mysteries of old age and its social and medical challenges. The aim is to understand the principles, methods and outcomes of investigations and assessments for memory loss as well as the range of organic and non-organic illness experienced by the older people.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Dr Shashi Kiran
Winchester House, Peterlee
The student will gain experience and insight into a multi disciplinary/multi agency team within a child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS).
Easington CAMHS work together to promote a sense of well being by helping children and young people up to the age of 18 and their families to cope with the difficulties. The Easington CAMHS team has three main functions:

  • Assessment and treatment of children and young people with mental health problems.
  • Advice, support and consultation for family members, carers and workers from health, social services, education and voluntary agencies.
  • Promotion of positive mental health in children and young people.

Become a volunteer Chaplain

Rev. Paul Walker
Roseberry Park, Middlesbrough
The student will act as a volunteer chaplain within a clinical setting, speaking to patients as a Chaplain and responding appropriately. The student will be part of the Chaplaincy team and receive support and direction as appropriate.
It is vital that the student is part of the faith community and has written assent from a leader of the community stating that s/he is of good standing. Proselytism is strictly forbidden.

A care pathway in spirituality

Rev. Colin Jay
West Park Hospital, Darlington
Spirituality may be a concern for all users of mental and/or learning disability services, whether overtly religious or otherwise. The move towards recovery-led services in mental healthcare emphasises the meaning an individual attaches to recovery, and achieving a more person-centred focus requires us to address spiritual concerns, experiences, beliefs and practices.
The trust is currently piloting a groundbreaking approach to incorporating spirituality into its patients’ care and treatment. An individual’s spiritual needs are assessed at the start of their treatment and a ‘spirituality pathway’ is written for them, which is monitored throughout the time they’re receiving services.
Students are invited to become involved in the application of this process through teaching, evaluating and applying the pathway.
Improving outcomes in physically ill patients using a dedicated MH team

The History of Psychiatry

Child and Adolescent Learning Disabilities Services (CAMHS)


Liaison Psychiatry with Medicine

ADHD and Learning Disabilities

More information

For information on any of these placements contact Christine Walker, Nurse Specialist. Tel: 01642 838155, Email:

Elective placements

The undergraduate programmes have now been further extended to hosting elective placements within the Trust. The elective placement is an eight week period of study undertaken during the summer in the fourth year of the Newcastle medical degree programme. Students generally chose to travel overseas for these placements; however students from overseas, or who are unable to finance an overseas placement, are now opting to request placements in local Trusts.

It is expected that, during their elective placements, students will revisit previous learning outcomes, and that they will be influenced greatly in their future career choices by the clinical experiences gained. 

Placements can be tailored to your specific needs and to the specialty in which you have an interest. For further information please contact Julie Khan, Medical Education Manager. Tel 01642 838154