Clinical Attachment in Psychiatry

Unlike many other Trusts, EPUT offers free places and support a doctor’s further career progression.

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) was formed on 1 April 2017 following the merger of North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (NEP) and South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (SEPT). EPUT provide community health, mental health and learning disability services for a population of approximately 2.5 million people throughout Bedfordshire, Essex, Suffolk and Luton. We employ more than 7,000 staff across 200 sites.

About Clinical Attachment

Clinical attachment helps international medical graduates (IMGs) to gain an overview of the processes and systems in the National Health Services (NHS) by observing a Consultant at work. It is primarily helpful for IMGs who have been working in their countries and are coming for the first time to work in NHS.   It will help boost your confidence and enhances your chance of passing relevant exams and obtaining a job within NHS.

About Clinical Attachment in EPUT

Essex Partnership University NHS Trust (EPUT) welcomes applications for Clinical Attachments in Psychiatry from those doctors who would like to come and work in the NHS in any capacity.  There is no fee required to undertake the attachment, however, we do require you to have undergraduate qualifications and to have obtained, or at least applied for, your PLAB examination.  You will also be required to have up to date inoculations/vaccinations and be able to provide evidence of this.

Clinical Attachments are usually for a period of between 4 – 8 weeks, but can be for a different period by mutual consent.  You will be allocated a consultant who will supervise you during your placement with the Trust.

The scope of facilities afforded to you whilst on clinical observation are as follows :

  • The role of a doctor on clinical observation without any type of GMC Registration is strictly that of an observer.  No clinical responsibilities may be undertaken.
  • You may attend ward rounds and outpatient sessions at the discretion of the consultant in charge, but you are not permitted to undertake clinical examination of patients.
  • A registered medical practitioner must continuously supervise any clinical observer.
  • You may speak to patients to obtain a clinical history, but you must not perform invasive procedures or advise on patient treatment.
  • Your status as a clinical observer and the reason for your presence must be explained to the patient.  The patient’s prior informed consent must be obtained before the first occasion that you interview, or are present as an observer during the examination and treatment of a patient.
  • You should be readily identifiable as such by wearing an appropriate identification badge while working in a hospital or clinic as a clinical observer.  This will be provided by the Trust.