The Trust has been working in partnership with Hull York Medical School to introduce an innovative programme designed to improve attitudes towards psychiatry and increase the numbers of students choosing it as a career.
Psychiatry as a specialty is facing a national recruitment crisis. It is the fifth largest medical specialty and psychiatric consultants make up approximately 10% of the NHS consultant workforce. However the specialty consistently struggles to recruit sufficient numbers of doctors into training posts. In 2017 only 69% of core psychiatry training posts were filled nationally and only 44% in the Yorkshire and Humber Deanery.
The Psychiatry Early Experience Programme (PEEP) was initially developed by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Kings College London Medical School, and proved very successful. The scheme is being implemented in Yorkshire and Humber in the hope that it will encourage more Hull York and Medical Students to consider a career in psychiatry by allowing them to experience a much broader range of specialities, whilst improving attitudes and understanding of the profession.
Commenting on the scheme Nikki Taylor, consultant psychiatrist and curriculum lead for mental health, Hull York Medical School, said: “Although many students entering medical school identify psychiatry as their preferred career choice, the figures are much lower by their final year. We hope that PEEP will increase these figures and ultimately allow us to train and retain more psychiatrists locally.”
PEEP offers pre-clinical years medical students from the Hull York Medical School the opportunity to shadow core psychiatry trainees from Yorkshire and the Humber Deanery, in order to experience every placement that the trainee undertakes over their five years of training.
Participants will have the opportunity to shadow placements in a wide variety of specialties including child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), inpatient, community, forensics, substance misuse and older adult. They may also be able to shadow trainees on subspecialty placements such as perinatal psychiatry or psychotherapy, depending on trainees’ special interests and placement choices.
A series of educational and social events have also been designed, by five dedicated TEWV trainees, to promote the specialty, build positive relationships between students and trainees and introduce them to professionals in various fields of psychiatry. The first event was held recently at York Medical Society and provided the seven students selected for the first phase of the PEEP programme to network with psychiatry trainees and consultant psychiatrists in a speed dating style event.
Some of the comments received following the first PEEP event include:
“I thoroughly enjoyed the first PEEP event. It was really interesting to meet lots of psychiatrists who were at different points in their training and great to find out about the different sub-specialties within psychiatry. I hadn’t realised that there were so many avenues that could be explored. I’m looking forward to finding out more about them and attending future events.” (Ella Phillip, PEEP student)
“I really enjoyed getting to meet everyone at the event, everyone was very friendly. It was interesting talking to trainees and consultants who had a wealth of knowledge and such passion. I now appreciate how many different areas of psychiatry there are and the flexibility within the speciality, which has greatly improved my interest in this field of work.” (Rebecca Hobson, PEEP student)
“The PEEP event really helped to open my eyes to the different areas of psychiatry that I didn’t know about before. After speaking to consultants and my buddy, it’s helped to further develop my interest in psychiatry.” (Shelly Ling, PEEP student)
If you would like to find out more contact Nikki Taylor, consultant psychiatrist and curriculum lead for mental health, Hull York Medical School by emailing Nicola.email@example.com.
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