Postgraduate Medical Education

Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) offers Higher Postgraduate Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Medical Psychotherapy and Forensic Psychotherapy to doctors who have completed Core Training in Psychiatry. The end goal of the training is for doctors to become a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, a Consultant Psychiatrist in Medical Psychotherapy or a Consultant Psychiatrist in Forensic Psychotherapy.

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Postgraduate medical education provides…

  • High quality education and training for postgraduate trainee doctors working in collaboration with trainers in the Tavistock and in external trusts.
  • Training schemes covering all aspects of the curricula set by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
  • Support and feedback to trainees through regular meetings with their Clinical Supervisor, Educational Supervisor, Training Programme Director and Director of Medical Education.
  • Placements for trainees in different psychiatric and medical specialties from other trusts and rotational training schemes as ‘special interest sessions’.
  • Research in education by forging links with the Trust’s Research committee to develop new research projects in medical education and support trainee’s involvement in medical education research, including presentation and publication of papers.
  • Simulation and technology in medical education in collaboration with neighbouring local education providers.
  • Opportunities for trainees to develop skills and experience in leadership, management, conducting research and quality improvement projects.
  • Trainees with an opportunity to work in a world renowned environment providing effective, and rewarding ways to care for patients clinically and to develop learning and leadership as a goal for career development.


The Tavistock Child and Adolescent Higher Training Scheme is a three year (full time) rotation for training doctors who have completed core training in psychiatry. The scheme also offers trainees a Less Than Full Time (LTFT) option.

The training offers a wide range of community and specialist placements, including adolescent in-patients and trainees opting for training opportunities in psychodynamic psychotherapy and systemic family therapy. Clinical placements are three days a week. Placements are in the North Central Sector of London both in acute and mental health trusts. They include internal placements at the Tavistock as well as placements in external trusts to provide trainees with optimal clinical experience.

  • Adolescent Unit, Tavistock and Portman Foundation Trust
  • ASD and LD Service, Tavistock and Portman Foundation Trust
  • CAISS, Tavistock and Portman Foundation Trust
  • Camden Mosaic, Tavistock and Portman Foundation Trust
  • EIS, Tavistock and Portman Foundation Trust
  • Family Mental Health, Tavistock and Portman Foundation Trust
  • Fostering and Adoption Unit, Tavistock and Portman Foundation Trust
  • North Camden CAMHS, Tavistock and Portman Foundation Trust
  • South Camden CAMHS, Tavistock and Portman Foundation Trust
  • Whole Family Service, Tavistock and Portman Foundation Trust
  • Coborn Adolescent Unit, East London Foundation Trust
  • Eating Disorders, Royal Free Hospital
  • Enfield CAMHS, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust
  • Haringey CAMHS, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust
  • Simmons House, The Whittington Hospital
  • UCLH, University College Hospital

The theoretical component of the training comprises a locally delivered Academic Programme on a Monday and the Joint Pan North London Academic Programme on a Wednesday– with two other trusts – providing trainees access to high quality renowned speakers in the field. Some trainees use their special interest time to pursue research or Masters level study in Medical Education. 

Core trainees

The Tavistock offers two posts at CT2 / CT3 level in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The posts are linked to the North Central Core Training in Psychiatry Rotation and aim to provide basic competencies in the field.

The posts are based in the out-patient Adolescent and Young Adult Service (AYAS), which provides assessment, treatment and care to patients aged 14 to 25 with complex clinical needs, and a range of psychological and mental health difficulties. This programme is led by the Specialty Tutor who is the point of contact during the trainee’s placement at the Tavistock.

The Tavistock based North East London Specialist Scheme in Psychotherapy encompasses four sites in four different trusts namely Camden Psychotherapy Service, at St Pancras Hospital (Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust); the Halliwick Unit, at St. Ann’s Hospital (Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Trust); Forest House Psychotherapy Service in Walthamstow (North East London NHS Foundation Trust) and the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. At the Tavistock, trainees are placed in the Adult Complex Needs Service.

Each trainee spends 1 ½ years at the Tavistock and 1 ½ years at one of the other sites. Each trainee participates in multi-disciplinary training in psychotherapy and is eligible to apply for the BPC accredited training in Adult Psychotherapy (M1).   

Trainees can undertake a single CCT in medical psychotherapy, which is 3 years of training or a dual CCT in psychotherapy and general adult psychiatry, which is a 5-year course. The 5-year training divides between 3 years in psychotherapy and 2 years in general adult psychiatry with successful completion offering CCT in both psychotherapy and general adult psychiatry. 

Forensic Psychotherapy is currently a five year dual accreditation specialist registrar training in forensic psychiatry & psychotherapy held across the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust and the West London Mental Health NHS Trust, leading to a consultant psychiatrist post with opportunities in forensic psychiatry settings and allied specialties. Trainees are based in the Portman Clinic.

As a mandatory part of their training, trainees in medical psychotherapy and forensic psychotherapy must undertake their own psychotherapy or psychoanalysis at a minimum frequency of three time a week  with a BPC-accredited psychoanalyst or psychotherapist. Trainees can claim back a proportion of the cost of their analysis from the study leave budget.

International programme for psychiatrists (IPP) 

We welcome psychiatrists from abroad on the International Programme for Psychiatrists

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Undergraduate medical education

The Trust offers training opportunities to a maximum of two final year medical students from UCL Medical School as Student Selected Components (SSCs) programmes in adolescent mental health, psychotherapy.

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Postgraduate Medical Education Department

PGME is overseen by the Medical Director and managed by the Director of Medical Education working collaboratively with the Training Programme Directors for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Medical and Forensic Psychotherapy, Educational Supervisors and Clinical Supervisors, the Core Trainee Lead and the Medical Education Manager.

For all initial enquiries, please contact:

Simone Silverstein, Medical Education Manager
Email: ssilverstein@tavi-port.nhs.uk