EPUT training scheme
EPUT offers a range of opportunities to gain experience within a diverse range of inpatient and outpatient psychiatric specialties including; general adult, addictions, old age, learning disability, forensic, liaison, perinatal, crisis team, psychiatric intensive care units, psychotherapy and child and adolescent services.
Clinical attachments are available across the whole of Essex, including Grays/Thurrock, Basildon, Southend, Harlow, Chelmsford, Colchester and Clacton. We have active academic, research, clinical links with UCL, Norwich Medical School and Anglia Ruskin University and well-established links with local postgraduate medical centres and acute hospitals.
Medical psychotherapy training
EPUT’s medical psychotherapy training is a particular strength of the Trust, and takes place within a large department of three consultant medical psychotherapists and several non-medical psychotherapists. The programme consists of one year’s core training which combines child and adolescent psychiatry and medical psychotherapy. It gives students a valuable opportunity to gain an understanding of child and personality development and to work with complex patients over an extended time period. Trainees are encouraged to gain experience in a range of modalities including cognitive behavioural therapy, psychodynamic and group psychodynamic psychotherapy, family systemic therapy and mentalisation-based therapy. All trainees are well supported by consultant psychiatrists in medical psychotherapy to achieve psychotherapy competences.
Forensic psychiatry placements
Forensic psychiatry placements are based at Brockfield House, a purpose built 88-bedded unit, where core trainees gain experience in low and medium secure settings and have the opportunity to take part in gatekeeping-assessments in higher security settings.
An in-house MRCPsych course takes place weekly at the Anglia Ruskin University campus in Chelmsford. Core trainees approaching CASC examination participate in additional free CASC training within the Eastern region. Further formal teaching is provided at weekly postgraduate teaching at every base site, where trainees are expected to participate in teaching sessions including critical appraisal, audit and case presentation. Weekly Balint group forms important training experience and, along with GP and foundation trainees, core trainees attend for the duration of their training. Weekly individual supervision with a clinical supervisor and regular meetings with an educational supervisor help trainees to identify and meet their individual training needs.
Trainees are encouraged to actively participate in leadership and service improvement, and a number of trainees have completed Quality Improvement Fellowships during core or higher training.
Living in Essex
There are many benefits to living in Essex, including competitive house prices, high quality schools, a mix of city living and easy access to nature reserves, beaches and woodland. With an easy commute to London or Cambridge and the University of Essex, trainees have ample opportunity for pursuing further qualifications, training and special interests.
Almost all doctors who have completed clinical attachments within EPUT have gone on to acquire training placements (core and senior training in psychiatry) and service posts (locum appointed for service, specialty doctor) within and outside our Trust.