Trainee Committee

All correspondence in relation to the Trainee Committee should be sent to kmccourt@irishpsychiatry.ie.

Letter from the Chair, Dr Roisín Plunkett

Dear Trainees,

Welcome to the Trainee Pages of the College’s website. I have been a member of the Trainee Committee since I began my Basic Specialist Training four years ago, and I was honoured to be recently elected as Chairperson of the Committee for their 2016 – 2018 tenure.

The Trainee Committee works for you. Our role is to represent the Trainee voice on Faculties, in the Postgraduate Training Committee and on Council. There have been significant changes to training over the past 5 years, from development of the BST and HST Curricula, introduction of the CPsychI clinical examination and implementation of Streamlined Training. It is important that the needs and views of Trainees are at the forefront of any decision regarding changes to training and we aim to represent that as best we can. In order for that to be possible, it is vital that Trainees at a national level are aware of proposed changes and have an avenue of communication with the College. Deanery Liaison Officers (DLO) are one initiative by which we aim to facilitate this. You can find the DLO for your Deanery here. Each DLO is available as a link person to find out about issues and give feedback to the Trainee Committee about your experiences. You can reach the relevant representative for your Deanery through Ms Karen McCourt, who provides administrative support to the Trainee Committee, at kmccourt@irishpsychiatry.ie

Throughout the year, with huge support from Karen McCourt and other members of the College, the Trainee Committee runs events for NCHDs and medical students. These include the Summer School and the Essay Competition for Medical Students and Interns, as well as the annual NCHD Conference. We work closely with REFOCUS, the group of Service Users and Carers within the college who contribute significantly to these events. We are also involved in the Spike Milligan Public Speaking Competition and the annual HSE/Medical Council Careers Fair.

Recruitment and retention of high quality Trainees is a priority of the Trainee Committee as we are acutely aware that these will be our colleagues for years to come, and represent the future of Psychiatry in Ireland. It is vital that the College of Psychiatrists provide a high standard of training, and advocate strongly for NCHDs within the Health Service in order to make Ireland an attractive place to train and work in Psychiatry. It is our aim to continually champion this agenda in all levels within the College.

If you are interested in learning more about the Trainee Committee, or giving feedback on issues of importance in your training, please feel free to get in contact via kmccourt@irishpsychiatry.ie