Workforce development

The Trust offers training for doctors at all levels of their development, from medical student placements to postgraduate specialty trainings in psychiatry, to continuing professional development for consultants, reflecting the continuously evolving field of Medical Education. In 2017 we were proud to be described as having the second highest overall satisfaction score for a foundation trust in the GMC training survey.

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Postgraduate Medical Specialty Training

The Trust organises three Specialty Training Programmes in Higher Psychiatry, with University College London Partners (UCLP) as the Lead Provider for these trainings.

All psychiatrists in training follow a comprehensive curriculum as articulated by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and approved by the General Medical Council for these specialties.

They are employed as doctors in the Trust and on rotation to training placements in partner trusts. There is a competitive national application process for appointments, organised by the North Western Deanery, Health Education North West. In all instances, they work as full members of multi-disciplinary teams and are encouraged to participate in a variety of other courses within the Trust.


The Tavistock Child and Adolescent Training Scheme is a three-year higher training programme that trains doctors who have completed Core Training in Psychiatry to be Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists with the award of a CCT in the specialty.  It offers a wide range of community and specialist placements, including adolescent in-patients and trainees take up training opportunities in psychodynamic psychotherapy and systemic family therapy. Some trainees use their special interest time to pursue research or Masters level study in Medical Education. Clinical placements are three days a week. The academic programme is on Monday mornings. On Monday afternoons, Speciality Trainees (STs) take part in a research literature review,  a systems therapy workshop, or court report workshop.

Placements tend to be in the North Central Sector of London both in acute and mental health trusts. Community placements include Haringey CAMHS, South Camden CAMHS and North Camden CAMHS. A range of specialist placements are at the Tavistock including placements in teams working in child protection, fostering and adoption, and neurodevelopment Inpatient/day patient experience is at Simmons House or other inpatient units.

The Tavistock-based North East London Specialist Training Scheme in Medical Psychotherapy is a three-year higher training programme Training doctors who have completed Core Training in Psychiatry to Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy level with the award of CCT in the speciality. The training involves four sites in four different trusts: the Tavistock Clinic, The Camden Psychotherapy Service, based at King’s Cross (Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust), St. Ann’s Hospital, in Tottenham (Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Trust), and Forest House Psychotherapy Service in Walthamstow (North East London NHS Foundation Trust).  

Each trainee spends on average 1½ years at the Tavistock and 1½ years at one of the other sites. Each trainee participates in a multi-disciplinary training in medical psychotherapy and is able to join the multidisciplinary academic afternoon of the BPC accredited M1 training in Adult Psychotherapy. 

Each trainee is eligible to apply for the full 4 year BPC accredited training in Adult Psychotherapy (M1) once they have joined as Medical Psychotherapy Specialist Registrars.

It is now possible to apply for dual training in psychotherapy and general adult psychiatry. There are currently three dual posts on the North East London Dual Accreditation Specialist Registrar Training Programme in General Psychiatry and Psychotherapy.


This is currently a five year dual accreditation Specialist Registrar Training in Forensic Psychiatry & Psychotherapy held across the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and the West London Mental Health NHS Trust

The two main training placements are the Portman Clinic and the Three Bridges Medium Secure Unit in Ealing. Completion of training leads to consultant psychiatrist job opportunities in forensic psychiatry settings and allied specialties.  

There are also two posts at CT2/3 level in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry which offer core psychiatry trainees the opportunity to gain basic competencies in the field. These posts are part of the UCLP Core Training in Psychiatry Rotation. This programme is led by our Specialty Tutor who is the point of contact during the trainee’s placement at the Tavistock.

The Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health Service is an out-patient service providing assessment, treatment and care to patients with complex clinical needs. The service takes patients with a range of psychological and mental health difficulties. The age range for referral is from fourteen up to 25. The service is multi-disciplinary and provides various sorts of psychotherapies including individual, group, parent work and family work, and work within a secondary school. During the placement the trainee attends a weekly child and adolescent psychiatry programme with the ST 4-6 at the Tavistock as well as the mandatory MRCPsych teaching.

Undergraduate Medical Education

The Trust also offers training opportunities to medical students from University College London Medical School including a Student Selected Component programme in Adolescent Mental Health, and the UCL Medical Student Psychotherapy Scheme and Balint groups. Specialty Trainees in the Trust are encouraged to be involved in teaching medical students as a valuable training experience. Medical students from other medical schools may also organize an elective placement in the Trust. Please contact Director of Medical Education for further information. 

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

The Trust also offers a wide range of CPD activities and courses at different levels of advancement and intensity for doctors and other professionals with a general or specialist interest in mental health, or in understanding their clinical or organisational work from a psychodynamic or systemic perspective. 


For all initial enquiries, please contact:

Christine Hochleitner, Manager, Medical Education Centre
Email: chochleitner@tavi-port.nhs.uk

Dr Jessica Yakeley, Director of Medical Education
Email: jyakeley@tavi-port.nhs.uk