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East of England

Core Training at Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


The training scheme is based and run under the Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust.

It has 43 psychiatric training posts, which includes 23 core training posts and 20 higher training posts in General Adult, Old Age Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychiatry in Learning Disabilities.

There are also 12 General Practice training posts, 7 Foundation Years 2 posts and 7 Foundation year 1 posts.

The Core Training posts are six month posts in General Adult Psychiatry, including both inpatients and community placements, Liaison Psychiatry, Old Age Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Learning Disabilities. 

The placements in General Practice training and Foundation Year posts are four months posts and include all the Psychiatry specialties available to Psychiatric trainees in the scheme. 

Details on the location of Core Training posts can be found in the attached document below.

The Tutors Committee is responsible for educational governance of the psychiatric training programme ad its role is to oversee the training scheme & allocates trainees to training posts (except to LD & CAMHS).

The scheme has developed its own MRCPsych. Course. This course has been accredited by the University of Hertfordshire to be part of an MSc degree programme in Psychiatric Practice. The Course has been associated with above national pass rates in the MRCPsych. Examinations. The senior trainees run mock clinical examinations for junior trainees sitting the membership examinations twice a year.



The Colonnades offers staff a focused, efficient learning space with state of the art facilities including a modern and fully fitted Clinical Skills lab, a dedicated e-learning suite, a new and improved library resource for staff, seminar and meeting rooms, an atrium area for informal meetings and wireless throughout. All of our staff are encouraged to make use of this fantastic new facility for their training and development needs.

Professor Naomi Fineberg is the Trust’s lead on research and Professor Tim Gale, the R & D manager, and alongside the Practice Audit and Clinical Effectiveness team promote research and audit activities, which trainees are encouraged to get involved and have led to opportunities to undertake doctoral research degrees at the University of Hertfordshire.  

The Trust has its own training and development centre in the Colonnades, Hatfield which houses a postgraduate library, the Medical Personnel Service and numerous lecture & resource rooms for training and development. 




Learning & Development Centre, Colonnades, Hatfield 

For further information, please contact Professor Kunle Ashaye - Head of Psychiatric Training, 

HPUFT has a dedicated Staff Wellbeing Team who organise regular activities open to all staff. They arrange workshops, social events, health initiatives and challenges on a regular basis. They also arrange a series of staff engagement events that are held throughout the year.


For further information, please expand the boxes below. 


Trainee Testimonial

Dr Ariela Carno, CT3, Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust

"If I could sum up three years as a core trainee in one sentence it would be that “it is the people who make the place”.

Yes, the primary psychiatric hospital for HPFT in Radlett is a lovely new building, and yes, we have sleep pods for on-call doctors and a coffee machine. However, those are not the reasons I have had such a positive experience in this trust and wish to stay on as a higher trainee.

In my view it is the helpfulness and the camaraderie of the trainees, consultants, medical education team and the administrative staffing team that makes this trust special. During my time in this trust, I have had clinical opportunities that have allowed me to grow as a clinician whilst still being appropriately supervised. The educational input we received was really helpful in completing my MRCPsych exams; and as a former Junior doctor representative I am very appreciative of the fact that clinical and medical management are prepared to hear out and implement trainee viewpoints on issues that affect us. I have also appreciated the pastoral care that I have received and knowing that I am cared about as a person rather than just a name on an on-call rota.

So, in short - why do I wish to stay? I wish to stay for the people who make up this trust. For the mentors I have met and admire and for my colleagues from all professions, whom I deeply respect and enjoy working with.

Overall, my time at this trust has been a very positive experience and I hope that yours will be as well."


Hertfordshire has great tracks for cycling, walking, running as well as water sports. There are award-winning parks, woods and rivers nearby, as well as zoos, wildlife parks, open farms, stately homes and museums. There are great clubs, cafes and shopping facilities as well as markets. Plus, each of the hospitals' towns has its own shopping centre. 

Places of interest in Hertfordshire

St Albans Cathedral Hatfield House

Verulamium Park and Museum

The Pioneer Skatepark, St Albans

Willows Activity Farm, St Albans

Ashridge Estate, Ashridge

Natural History Museum, Tring

Hatfield House, Hatfield

Cassiobury Park, Watford

Warner Bros Studio, Watford

Shaw's Corner, Ayot St Lawrence

Knebworth House, Knebworth

Rye Meads Nature Reserve, Nr Hoddesdon

Transport Links

Rail: There are five main lines into London from Hertfordshire.

Road: The M1 and M25 motorways pass close by our hospitals, as do the A1 and A41. 

Career Opportunities

HPFT Careers Website - Career Opportunities as a doctor with HPFT: 

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