Supervisor Dr Zuzana Walker, Reader in Psychiatry UCL
Contact details Sandra Collins or Amanda Reilly             (01279) 827893
Location St. Margaret’s Hospital, Epping, Essex
Description of opportunity There is an active research group at St Margaret’s Hospital, Epping. There are extensive research opportunities in a number of different areas emanating from old age psychiatry and neurocognitive clinic. The main areas of research are mild cognitive impairment, dementia with Lewy bodies, fronto-temporal dementia, functional neuroimaging in subjective and mild cognitive impairment and dementia, post-mortem validation of clinical and imaging findings and new treatments in different cognitive and affective disorders. The research group meets every 4-6 weeks and each member reports on the progress of their project. Trainees can either carry out their own research project or they can collaborate with other team members on national portfolios studies.   
Trainee requirements Preferably a year’s commitment, to be agreed

 

Supervisor Dr P Pillay, Consultant Psychiatrist | Lead Consultant rTMS & ECT
(parvathy.pillay@nhs.net)
Contact details Debbie Ralph: 01375 898825
Location
Adult Community: Grays Hall, Thurrock, Essex
      ECT: Basildon
      rTMS: Brentwood
Description of opportunity

 This post gives extensive clinical experience of general adult community setting working in an area of high morbidity. Besides the clinical experience there is opportunity to understand commissioning arrangements and attending regular meeting with primary care and local commissioners. There is also scope for undertaking projects working jointly with secondary care, primary care and third sector organisations.

Basildon ECT 
ECT suite is situated in Basildon and provides opportunity to do special interest sessions in ECT. Trainee doing special interest in ECT is encouraged to attend college ECT conference, take part in educational activities in ECT and take part in peer reviews to other ECT suites on behalf of the ECTAS.

Essex rTMS Service
RTMS is a new service and the only one in Essex that provides neuromodulation, which is a relatively new NICE approved treatment for treatment resistant depression. The trainee doing special interest will get training in rTMS both in theoretical and practical aspects of neuromodulation. Trainee will also take part in assessments for suitability and regular reviews.

Trainee requirements ECT and rTMS would be special interest sessions done flexibly as half day sessions 

 

Supervisor Dr B. Sharma
Contact details Jackie Smith (01279 697721)
Location CDAT, Alymer House, Harlow
Description of opportunity Alcohol clinics involve the monitoring of patients with alcohol use disorders who are deemed to need a service and are on a waiting list for allocation of a key worker.Given the high risk that this client group carries, assessment and management of those with heavy dependence is carried out. Clients are assessed for detox and there is close partnership working with our sister agencies.

The trainee will obtain the following competency/skills:

  • Experience and exposure in assessing, managing and working with this client group.
  • Audit
  • Risk assessment and other interview schedules
  • Working with different agencies statutory and non-statutory
Trainee requirements Fortnightly Monday mornings for a minimum of 1 year

 

Supervisor Dr. Pavel Fridrich
Contact details Pat Reynolds (01279 827261)
Location Derwent Centre PAH
Description of opportunity Review of patients with bipolar spectrum disorder
The trainee will obtain competence in long-term monitoring and management of patients with bipolar disorder, including appropriate use of mood stabilisers, management of hypomanic / manic episodes and bipolar depression.
Trainee requirements Thursday mornings for a minimum of 6 months

 

Supervisor Dr Carlo Henrich (carlo.henrich@nepft.nhs.uk)
Contact details Barbara Rocca (01279 827268)
Location Derwent Centre, CRHT, Harlow Trust Headquarters, Chelmsford
Description of opportunity Clinical Governance
This placement would provide the Trainee with a better understanding of the structure of the Trust and interlink between different professions. The Trainee will be offered the opportunity to attend several meetings where the set up and appraisal of good standards of care are discussed. The Trainee will be involved in formulating and developing processes which could improve patient care.
Competency/skills the trainee will obtain from attending the special interest session:
  1. A better understanding of Clinical Governance on the go.
  2. Improving skills in interlinking with different professions.
  3. The meaningful use of audit activity.
  4. Leadership skills.
  5. Improving competence in using the Consultant role to contribute to Trust development.
Trainee requirements Flexible, to be agreed.for a minimum of 1 year

 

Supervisor Dr B. Sharma
Contact details Jackie Smith (01279 697721)
Location CDAT, CDAT Alymer House, Harlow
Description of opportunity Criminal Justice Aspects of Addiction – Drug Rehabilitation Requirement
This involves the ongoing prescribing for clients on DRR (ordered from the courts as a disposal alternative to a prison sentence, there is close liaison with the probation services. The trainee will obtain the following competency/skills from attending the special interest session:
  • Experience and exposure in assessing, managing and working with this client group.
  • Confidence in prescribing substitute medication for opiod dependency
  • Audit
  • Risk assessment and other interview schedules
  • Working with different agencies statutory and non-statutory
Trainee requirements Monday afternoon or Tuesday afternoon for a minimum of 6 months

 

Supervisor Dr Zuzana Walker (z.walker@ucl.ac.uk)
Contact details Amanda Reilly (01279 827893)
Location Derwent Centre PAH
Description of opportunity West Essex Neurocognitive Clinic
The clinic provides a detailed assessment of cognitive problems in patients over the age of 40. It is well established and receives regular referrals from GPs and hospital doctors. There are number of senior doctors and other medical professionals (a neuropsychologist, an assistant psychologist and a specialist dementia nurse) involved in the clinic and all cases are presented and discussed in a weekly meeting and entered onto a clinical database. The clinic is also the focus for a number of research projects, for further details please see special interest session “research”. The trainee will become competent at assessing complex patients of all ages with various memory problems. They will learn how to perform and interpret number of psychometric tests and psychiatric schedules.
Trainee requirements flexible, to be agreedpreferably for a minimum of 1 year

 

Supervisor Dr B. Sharma
Contact details Jackie Smith (01279 697721)
Location CDAT, Alymer House, Harlow
Description of opportunity Drug Addiction Assessment and management of clients with problematic drug use. There will be opportunity to provide psychosocial intervention, run groups or other motivational work. The trainee will gain the following competences/skills:
  • Experience and exposure in assessing, managing and working with this client group.
  • Confidence in prescribing substitute medication for opiod dependency
  • Audit
  • Risk assessment and other interview schedules
  • Working with different agencies statutory and non-statutory
Trainee requirements Flexible to be arranged (weekly to fortnightly)for a minimum of 1 year

 

Supervisor Dr Catherine Leek
Contact details Elaine Bull (01279 698813)
Location Derwent Centre PAH
Description of opportunity Early Intervention in Psychosis
  1. Clinical experience with young adults with first episode psychosis, especially assessment.
  2. Family work
  3. Currently developing physical health monitoring strategy/service for all the EIP clients. Therefore could be involved in this with a possibility of auditing this development
  4. In future, considering setting up drop-in/self referral clinics at e.g. local colleges for young adults and to develop service for young adults with ARMS.

Competency/skills the trainee will obtain from attending the special interest session:

  1. Assessment of young adults presenting with early psychotic symptoms and ARMS
  2. Family work (mainly BFT Model)
  3. Strategies/skills needed for developing a new service
Trainee requirements Times can be flexible but Dr Leek works specifically in EIP all day Wednesday and Thursday afternoon. A minimum of 6 months and up to one year.

 

Supervisor Dr Tim Stevens
Contact details Christina Pye (01279 827488)
Location Derwent Centre PAH
Description of opportunity
  1. Supervision of junior trainees performing ECT
  2. Carrying out Trust ECT audit
  3. Liaison with anaesthetics department
  4. Liaison with general medical wards and education of staff about ECT

The trainee will gain:

  1. Detailed understanding of ECT- practical administration and science involved
  2. Understanding of legal, ethical and capacity issues concerning patients undergoing the treatment
  3. Skills in liaising with general medical colleagues
Trainee requirements timies flexible but ECT itself is performed on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. A minimum of 6 months and up to one year

 

Supervisor Dr Kallur Suresh
Contact details Christine Green (01279 827461) (christine.green@nepft.nhs.uk)
Location Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow
Description of opportunity Liaison Psychiatry of Old Age
  • Regular meeting with geriatrician and liaison nurse
  • Taking part in assessment of difficult liaison referrals
  • Assessment of mental capacity under the Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Working closely with social care staff
  • Educating general hospital ward staff in psychological care of medical patientsThe trainee will obtain the following skills/competences:
    • Capacity assessments in difficult patients
    • Management of delirium
    • Psychological care of medical patients
    • Discussing nurse-led assessments
    • Educating staff on Mental Health Act (1983 and 2007) and the Mental Capacity Act 2005
Trainee requirements Flexible times can be worked around the trainee’s timetable. 1 half-day a week for a minimum of 6 months

 

Supervisor Dr Kallur Suresh, Associate Medical Director for West Essex
Contact details Christine Green (01279 827461) (christine.green@nepft.nhs.uk)
Location Harlow/Epping and occasionally Chelmsford (Trust HQ)
Description of opportunity Medical Management
  • Attending meetings
  • Taking part in decision-making about day to day issues
  • Training on conducting job plan interviews
  • Training on conducting appraisals of doctors
  • Understanding organisational perspectives and current NHS changes e.g. the role of Foundation Trusts

The trainee will gain the following skills/competences:

  • Working in partnership with management
  • Better management of resources
  • Understanding the context for the service changes in the NHS
  • Making difficult decisions
  • Leadership skills
  • Prioritising
Trainee requirements Flexible and can be worked around the trainee’s timetable. 1 half-day a week for a minimum of 1 year

 

Supervisor Dr Thomas Dannhauser
Contact details tom.dannhauser@nepft.nhs.uk
Location St Margaret’s Hospital
Description of opportunity Neurofeedback training is a relatively new cognitive rehabilitation treatment which is finding application in a range of psychiatric disorders. The technique involves using a near-infrared spectroscope accurately placed on the head to provide real time information of brain activation in the cortical area directly below. This information is fed back to patients (neurofeedback) who are then trained to voluntarily increase brain activation. Sessions involve applying the technique to patients with different disorders as part of ongoing research studies of the treatment’s effects. Trainees will initially spend some time acquiring the technical skills involved before treating patients.All cases are supervised by Dr Dannhauser. This is an excellent opportunity to develop skills administering a novel non-medication cognitive rehabilitation technique. Apart from learning and contributing to the development of the technique, you will also gain advanced computing skills, and have the opportunity to get involved in ongoing research.
Trainee requirements Flexible morning sessions, depending on clinic space. A minimum of 1 year

 

Supervisor Dr Alice Levinson, Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy (alice.levinson@nepft.nhs.uk
Contact details Valerie Suckling (020 8272 4648)
Location Loughton
Description of opportunity Clinical experience of Psychoanalytic (psychodynamic) Psychotherapy, accompanied by basic Teaching and Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. It would build on the Trainees’ previous experience. The session would offer attendance to a Balint-style Case Discussion Group, and the opportunity to take on a Psychotherapy case under Supervision for individual Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (6 months to 1 year). The opportunity to jointly co-run a Group for Group Psychotherapy would sometimes be available. Regular weekly attendance for a Supervision Group as well as for clinical work would be expected. If a Trainee were able to do 2 special interest sessions in Psychotherapy, they could see 3 individual patients (minimum 2, maximum 4) in individual Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy or Group or Couple Therapy (when available). Individual Supervision with Dr Levinson would then be available.
The trainee will obtain the following competences/skills from attending the special interest session:
  • A knowledge of psychological development and its influence on mental disorders, to assist with the skill of psychodynamic formulation of psychiatric disorders.
  • Knowledge base of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and its application.
  • Competencies to develop a therapeutic alliance with patients; develop a better understanding of and competency to create a Therapeutic Relationship; understand and use personal boundaries appropriately; develop capacity for listening to patients and empathy; understand concepts of transference and counter-transference; also resistance, defence mechanisms and acting out behaviour.
  • Develop skills to make Psychotherapeutic interpretations.
  • Ability to endure and value the importance of long-term therapeutic relationships with patients.
  • Develop competency for ending with patients therapeutically through understanding experiences of separation and loss
Trainee requirements Some flexibility, but most likely Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays, usually for a minimum of 1 year

 

Supervisor Dr Zuzana Walker (z.walker@ucl.ac.uk)
Contact details Sandra Collins or Amanda Reilly (01279 827893)
Location St Margaret’s Hospital
Description of opportunity There is an active research group at St Margaret’s Hospital, Epping. There are extensive research opportunities in a number of different areas emanating from old age psychiatry and neurocognitive clinic. The main areas of research are mild cognitive impairment, dementia with Lewy bodies, fronto-temporal dementia, functional neuroimaging in subjective and mild cognitive impairment and dementia, post-mortem validation of clinical and imaging findings and new treatments in different cognitive and affective disorders. The research group meets every 4-6 weeks and each member reports on the progress of their project. Trainees can either carry out their own research project or they can collaborate with other team members on national portfolios studies. The Trainee will become competent at performing all aspects of a research project which include: literature search, systematic review of literature, writing a protocol, information sheet for patients, consent form, submitting an ethics and R&D application, collecting and entering data, analysing data using various statistical methods and writing and submitting posters, presentations and papers.
Trainee requirements Timing flexible and to be agreed, preferably for a minimum of 1 year

 

Supervisor

 Dr . Abu Abraham, Clinical Tutor , SEPT

Contact details

 Andrea Bedford or Nicola Tilley 01702 538113 or 01702 538057

Location

 Rochford Hospital, Union Lane,  Rochford. Essex,  SS4 1RB

Description of opportunity

 Involvement in Medical Education :

 

  • Support in acquiring Post graduate qualification in Medical Education
  • Liaising with various Universities ; UEA and ARU
  • Organising and facilitating Medical students placements in Mental Health including Interview skills teaching.
  • Acquiring skills in organising trust wide teaching programme
  • Chairing teaching sessions
  • Chairing medical educational forums and meetings such as A&E supervision meetings, FY Task Force, GP Task Force , Consultant Trainee meetings and CEO/Trainee meetings
  • Setting up and standardising Induction programme; Corporate, Trust wide and Placement induction
  • Opportunity to attend Trust Multi-professional Educational Committee and School of Psychiatry Operational Board meetings and similar high level Educational oversight meetings
  • Access to ARCP training, Portfolio training and attending regional trainee interviews
  • Support with Projects such as QIF and CRP
  • Opportunities to work with Medical Staffing/HR in on-call rota management
  • Skills in managing trainees in difficulty
  • Opportunities to work in Mental Health Simulation training
  • Inter-professional Learning and Teaching

 

Trainee requirements

Preferably a year’s commitment, Ideally Thursdays whole day

 

 

Supervisor

Dr Reddy and Dr Sri , RAID Consultants, SUH, EPUT

Contact details

Gina, Medical Secretary : 01702435555, extension 7096

Location

Southend Hospital

Description of opportunity

As part of special interest sessions, the Trainee will gain experience of assessment and management of patients who are 18 and above, in an acute setting (A and E and wards).

Trainee has the opportunity to present complex cases in MDT and this interaction would facilitate learning.

Trainee can also get involved in audits and surveys as part of quality improvement project.

Trainee can get involved with the psychologist in the team for assessments on patients with complex psychological needs and chronic debilitating conditions as part of a Bio Psycho Social approach to patient care.

Trainee would be able to attend RAID service meetings which happens once every two months where both RAID teams (east and west) would be attending and this would enrich their knowledge about the service, understand the operational frame work and also learn about how the teams are performing in achieving KPI targets ,which are set on SMART principles.

Trainee can utilise training opportunity for FY Trainees by way of contributing to the teaching sessions at SUH.

 

Trainee requirements

ST4 and above, with an interest in Liaison Psychiatry , with an aim of career progression in this field.

 

Supervisor

Dr Reddy and Dr Sri , RAID Consultants, SUH, EPUT

Contact details

Gina, Medical Secretary : 01702435555, extension 7096

Location

Southend Hospital

Description of opportunity

As part of special interest sessions, the Trainee will gain experience of assessment and management of patients who are 18 and above, in an acute setting (A and E and wards).

Trainee has the opportunity to present complex cases in MDT and this interaction would facilitate learning.

Trainee can also get involved in audits and surveys as part of quality improvement project.

Trainee can get involved with the psychologist in the team for assessments on patients with complex psychological needs and chronic debilitating conditions as part of a Bio Psycho Social approach to patient care.

Trainee would be able to attend RAID service meetings which happens once every two months where both RAID teams (east and west) would be attending and this would enrich their knowledge about the service, understand the operational frame work and also learn about how the teams are performing in achieving KPI targets ,which are set on SMART principles.

Trainee can utilise training opportunity for FY Trainees by way of contributing to the teaching sessions at SUH.

 

Trainee requirements

ST4 and above, with an interest in Liaison Psychiatry , with an aim of career progression in this field.

 

Supervisor

Dr. Jennifer Ford, CD and Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry

Contact details

jennifer.ford@eput.nhs.uk

Location

Thurrock Hospital, Grays

Description of opportunity

Memory Assessment Service - Involvement in the full assessment of patients of any age, including those with LD, presenting with memory problems, mainly via GP referral. The team includes specialist memory nurses, associate practitioners, neuropsychologist, assistant/trainee psychologists, OT and SALT as well as doctors.

The trainee will be exposed to all aspects of the assessment process and will become competent at performing and interpreting psychometric tests as part of the assessment process to reach a diagnosis and then prescribe appropriate treatment.

 

Trainee requirements

Half to one day per week for six to twelve months. Various days of the week possible

 

Supervisor

Learning Disability

Contact details

Dr Tom Picton

Location

Base Rochford Hospital/Billericay

Description of opportunity

The higher trainee will have the opportunity to learn about the assessment and treatment of mental health problems and challenging behaviour in people with learning disabilities in in-patient and community settings along with how these overlap with epilepsy, syndromes and forensic aspects.

 

Trainee requirements

Flexible, available to ST doctors in higher training in any branch of Psychiatry as a special interest

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