Training scheme in EPUT
The training scheme in EPUT offers opportunities to gain experience within a diverse range of 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. They cover both in-patient and community services. Clinical attachments are available across a wide area covering the whole of Essex. They are based in and around areas such as 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
The Medical Psychotherapy training is a particular strength of training in EPUT, which boasts of a large department of 3 Consultant Medical Psychotherapist and several non-medical Psychotherapists. Training consist of a year’s core training post combining Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Medical Psychotherapy, allowing 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 CBT, 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 within Brockfield House, a purpose built 88 bedded unit, where core trainees gain experience in low and medium secure settings and have the opportunity of partaking in gatekeeping-assessments in higher security settings.
An in-house MRCPsych course is run and takes place weekly in Chelmsford at the Anglia Ruskin University campus. 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 core trainees attend for the duration of their training, along with GP and Foundation trainees. Weekly individual supervision with a clinical supervisor and regular meetings with an Educational Supervisor assist trainees in identifying and meeting 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
The benefits of living in Essex are many. One benefits from competitive house prices, high quality of state and Grammar schools, the benefits of city living but also the access to nature reserves, beaches and woodland areas. 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 our trust 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.