Reminder:  As well as the specific opportunities below, the Royal College of Psychiatry often has positions suitable (or specifically) for trainees.  These can be found here.

Details on the Communication Skills session for core trainees, and the Regional higher training programme can be found here.


Introduction to CBT Course - 2 days: 6th and 20th June.

This two day practical course is part of the new Deanery-wide teaching schedule. As there are limited places, it is aimed at Core Trainees who are in their first or second year of training.

Please note this is a two day course and you are expected to be able to attend both days.

The programme will cover background information and context but will predominately focus on developing CBT skills.  Trainers are Maxell Saxty - Nurse therapist and - Caroline McArthur Clinical Psychologist.  The days have been extremely popular in the past so book now...

Link to book here: 



East of England Psychiatry Trainee International Congress Competition - Deadline 29th March 2019

The RCPsych International Congress is from 1st – 4th July this year in London with a packed programme from across the specialty with many famous speakers.

We have 10 places for East of England psychiatry trainees to attend (registration paid, 5 Core trainees & 5 Higher trainees) to offer as prizes for the competition below.  We’ll try to have an East of England  training meal (probably Monday evening) and there will be East of England badges so you can spot each other.   It’s a great chance to be inspired about your specialty and to meet other trainees.

In order to enter the competition, please send a short answer (max 300 words) on the relevant question below to by the deadline of 5pm on the 29th March 2019.  Entries will be marked by independent scorers and the top scorers will win a paid-for place at the Congress.

The questions are…

For Core trainees:  What do I find the most challenging aspect of Core Psychiatry Training ?

For Higher trainees:  What are the most important things I’ve learnt in training that I wish I knew earlier ?


CAT Introductory Course - 2 day course, 21st and 22nd May, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge

Another opportunity to attend the 2 day CAT introduction course run by Dr Jenaway and Dr Gregory... 

This brief course offers an opportunity to learn some of the basics of cognitive analytic therapy.  The format will be a combination of lectures and clinical exercises aimed at helping people see how cognitive analytic therapy (CAT) can be helpful in our work with patients. It is open to all staff working in mental health, but is designed for trainee psychiatrists wanting to take on a patient for CAT, under supervision.  The day is free to those employed by CPFT, but study leave should be applied for in the usual way.  There is a fee of £75 for the 2 days to those applying from outside the trust (any profits will be donated to the ACAT Research Fund).

Applications and questions to Alison Jenaway at:


Prof Martin Roth Essay Prize - Deadline 5th May 2019
Open to all trainees in the East of England, this Essay prize is in honour of the first professor of psychiatry at Cambridge, and one of the pioneers in developing Old Age Psychiatry as a specialty.  The value of the prize is £250, for the best essay (up to 2500 words) on the subject:
‘The prevention of cognitive decline and dementia: How well does it work?’

The deadline for applications (Essay and 250 word summary) is 5th May 2019, and submissions should be sent to




Communication Skills course - 2nd April 2019, 2 sessions:  9.30am to 12.30pm, and then repeated  1.30pm to 4.30pm.  Venue is Wrest Park in Bedfordshire

This is an interactive half day workshop with a focus on non verbal language, listening and interactions with others.  Ideal for Core trainees - both those near the start of their training, and those preparing for CASC.  Of particular interest for International Medical Graduates, but of use to all.

Flyer below, and book by emailing



The Royal College runs a wide variety of teaching programmes and conferences, many of them with significant discounts for trainees.  They can be found here:

At the risk of being partisan special mentions go to:

The Annual Medical Education Conference (Usually September)

The Perinatal Psychiatry Conference for Trainees - extremely good value for all, particularly so for FYs and Student associates

and of course the conferences for Eating Disorders, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Old Age Psychiatry and General Adult Psychiatry



Some previous / closed opportunities (for interest)

CLOSED - Booking open for Liaison psychiatry conference 23rd / 24th November 2017

TNC-NAHP Conference, Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, CB10 1RQ

This conference is particularly appropriate for trainees, new consultants, nurses and allied health professionals, and has been organised by Dr Elena Baker-Glenn (an East of England higher trainee) with considerable trainee input.

Further details (including a programme and booking information) can be found at the bottom of this webpage, and on the RCPsych liaison psychiatry webpage here.  Dr Baker-Glenn can also be contacted for any queries etc:

Updated forms below.


CLOSED - RCPsych Eastern Division Autumn conference, 9th November.

Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Hinxton, Cambridge

The conference details can be found on the RCPsych Eastern Division page here:

The conference is a great opportunity for trainees to present posters (submission deadline 19th October), and medical students and FY doctors can get free registration.




(CLOSED) Update 18th July - Chief Resident Management and Leadership Development Programme

Applications are currently open for the Chief Residents Programme, run jointly by Cambridge University Hospitals and the Judge Business School.  Trainees should be ST5 or ST6, and ideally taking up a leadership position within their Trust (such as trainee rep).  It is an excellent course, and ideally suited for trainees who have completed LeaP in their ST4 year and how want to take their leadership development further.

Details on the 2017-2018 are still being finalised.  Last years course via the brochure and on the website.

Any interested trainees should discuss with their local TPD.  Applications (via TPD and Head of School) need to be in ideally by 7th August to stand the best chance.  (By end of August possible, but greater risk of being on a “reserve” list)

(CLOSED) Update 17th August - LeaP Programme, Leading for Improvement.  Applications due 8th September (updated deadline)

Applications are invited for the LeaP programme, a leadership programme hosted by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust on behalf of the Deanery.  This is an ideal leadership programme for ST4-5 psychiatry trainees and I would encourage all to apply.  It leads to curriculum-matched competencies in a range of leadership skills across the year, including seminars, action-learning sets and a quality improvement project.

For further details please see the flyer and application form at the bottom ot this page, or contact:

CPFT Leadership Development team:
Tel: 01223 884409 / 01223 994353


(CLOSED) - Update 7th July 2017 - Applications for CLAHRC East of England Fellowships currently open:


Applications are currently invited for CLAHRC Fellowships from this region.  From their website:  The CLAHRC Fellowship is aimed at clinicians, health and social care practitioners, and managers, who would like to work at the interface of research and practice, to develop an understanding of the research environment, and to develop skills in research methodology, service redesign and change management. The focus within the Fellowship programme is on local applied research and evaluation projects, building local capacity for evidence-informed practice, and facilitating networking across health and social care.

The Fellowship is for 1 day a week from January to December 2018, and may present a good opportunity for higher trainees in psychiatry in the region.

More details are on the CLAHRC Fellowship webpage here, and the application webpage here.

The closing date for applications is Friday 11th August


(CLOSED) Update 10th July 2017 - Mentoring Fellows

Health Education England East of England (HEE EoE) is pleased to announce the creation of two one-year Mentoring Fellow posts. The posts are half time, allowing you to continue training alongside the opportunity to play a major role in the development of Trainee Mentoring Schemes in the east of England.  The roles are suitable for Trainees ST3 or above with some experience of Mentoring and a passion to improve the support and development of doctors in training.

To apply send a copy of your CV together with a letter of application outlining your suitability for this role to
Enquiries may be emailed to:

Closing date: Midday Monday 24th July


(CLOSED) Update 15th June 2017 - Applications for Bursaries for PGCertEd (deadline 7th July)

Applications are currently open for deanery bursaries to support psychiatry trainees obtain a PGCertEd.  Further details are available on the deanery webpage here.  There are 2 bursaries available up to a value of £3000 each.  The deadline for applications is 5pm, 7th July.  Please feel free to contact christopher.o' (Head of school) to discuss.  NOW CLOSED


(CLOSED) 13th June 2017 - RCPsych College Centre for Quality Improvement seeking Clinical Fellows

The college is currently looking to appoint 6 QI fellows, ideally at ST4 level, working 1 day a week over 2 years. 

More details including downloadable job description here:

Closing date for applications is Monday 10th July


(CLOSED) Update 11th June 2017 - RCPsych Sustainability Scholars, applications open (deadline 30th June)

Applications are currently open for the successful programme of Sustainability Scholars with the Royal College of Psychiatry.  This would be appropriate for higher trainees in psychiatry, using their special interest day for this purpose.

There is some information about what the current Sustainability Scholars have been doing here.

Further details about the programme including information about applications can be found on the RCPsych webpage here.

Note that the deadline for applications is the end of this month (June). NOW CLOSED

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