Core Training at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) is a health and social care trust that provides a wide range of clinical services across Cambridgeshire. This includes mental health care at primary, secondary and tertiary levels as well as an increasing number of community services in innovative integrated systems. Specialist mental health services include (amongst many others) an eating disorder in-patient unit, forensic services and an adult ADHD clinic. The Trust works closely with acute hospitals in the area – the world-renowned Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge, as well as Hinchingbrooke and Peterborough hospitals in the north of the county.
Our core psychiatry training scheme has approximately 24 trainees in a 3 year rotation of 6 months posts. Trainees will typically begin by working in their CT1 year in our adult in-patient units (Fulbourn hospital, Cambridge, or the Cavell Centre in Peterborough) and in older people’s mental health services. The second year of training includes experience of Child and Adolescent mental health, or working with the Learning Disability teams as well as further specialist posts that continue into the CT3 year such as forensic, eating disorders, early intervention, or liaison psychiatry (always a popular option). We also have several Academic Clinical Fellowship trainees in combined academic and clinical training.
Trainees can typically expect to spend at least 1 year in Peterborough or Huntingdon during core training, but at all locations there are plenty of training opportunities including case conferences, academic lectures and the opportunity to teach medical students. The MRCPsych course is held in Cambridge across 2 semesters to prepare core trainees for the Royal College exams, with excellent feedback from our trainees.
Many of our clinical supervisors have strong links with the University of Cambridge, with research that includes work on imaging studies, immunology, ADHD, biomarkers for depression and clozapine.
Cambridgeshire is an ideal place to live and work, with great local facilities, easy access to London and a family-friendly high standard of living.
Our core training scheme will demonstrate why psychiatry is such a uniquely rewarding and challenging medical specialty, and support your ongoing specialist training.
For further information, please contact Dr Rebecca Jacob, Core Programme Director.