HEE YH Core Training Programme

There are three core training programmes in the Yorkshire and the Humber School of Psychiatry:

  • North East Yorkshire
  • West Yorkshire
  • South Yorkshire

Core Psychiatry training lasts for 36 months as a full time trainee. During this time trainees rotate through six month placements in a variety of specialties and are expected to pass the Membership Examination for the Royal College of Psychiatrists. 

The core training programmes are well established and supported by trainers committed to the educational development of their trainees. Protected time enables trainees to attend teaching courses that prepares them for developing core skills and for taking exams for Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Establishment of basic psychotherapy competencies is supported through a clear framework of training and supervision.  Trainees are encouraged to participate themselves in the development and delivery of teaching and training and many continue into higher training within the Yorkshire area.

For some of the regions within Yorkshire and the Humber, the larger areas are split into training schemes, for example in West Yorkshire, you will find a number of training schemes (Calderdale and Kirklees, Bradford and Airedale etc.).


North East Yorkshire Programme: East Riding Scheme

The East Riding psychiatry rotation is largely based in the historic city of Kingston Upon Hull but also offers the opportunity to gain psychiatry experience in rural areas as well as the more usual urban and suburban environment. There are also two CT1 posts based in Grimsby.

There are currently 22 approved training posts. There are 17 psychiatric trainees, 3 general practice VTS trainees and two foundation 2 posts.  As is necessary for CT 1 – 3 training, there is a preponderance of general adult posts but there will also be the opportunity for experience in older adult psychiatry, liaison psychiatry, addictions, forensic psychiatry and rehabilitation psychiatry on the Professorial unit. Posts in both Intellectual disability and child and adolescent mental health are available to fulfil the necessary criteria of obtaining MRCPsych. 

There is an active teaching programme each Wednesday morning at Castle Hill Hospital which includes case conferences, critical reviews of academic papers and expert presentations from invited speakers.  Protected time is given to the junior doctor to allow attendance.

Training Committee

The Training Committee meets four times a year (March, June, September and December) on the second Wednesday of the month. The purpose of the Training Committee is to ensure that we provide College approved training to a high standard. The committee is chaired by the TPD.

Membership of the Training Committee: 

  • Consultants (up to four, to include the TPD, and Psychotherapy lead)
  • Junior doctors representing CT1, CT2 and CT3
  • Medical Staffing representatives
  • Human Resources representatives
  • The local Tutor and junior doctor representing the Grimsby rotation
  • One member of the Committee is responsible for maintaining links with the library
North East Yorkshire Programme: North Yorkshire Scheme

The rotational CPT scheme in North Yorkshire and York is well regarded by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, enjoyed by trainees and has an excellent track record of success in the MRCPsych exam. The historic building of Bootham Park Hospital in York is home to the administrative centre of this training scheme.

Training posts in the Victorian spa town of Harrogate, the ancient market town of Northallerton, the seaside resort of Scarborough and the historic city of York give trainees the opportunity to experience all the advantages of living and working in the largest county in England. The scheme consists of 6 placements in Harrogate, 7 in Northallerton, 7 in Scarborough and 14 in York. There are four tutors, one for each locality.

The scheme has a large number of working age adult and elderly posts allowing trainees to gain sufficient experience to sit the Papers I and II of the MRCPsych exam.  More experienced trainees have the opportunity of working in a wide variety of sub specialties including child and adolescent, learning disabilities, forensic, substance misuse, assertive outreach, crisis resolution and intensive home treatment. We have an established programme for psychotherapy experience allowing trainees to meet the College requirements for psychotherapy training.

All trainees are expected to attend the weekly academic training programme in York. This includes case presentations and critical appraisal led by trainees, guest lectures from national and international speakers and sessions specifically geared to passing the MRCPsych exam. Trainees enrol on the mandatory University of Leeds MSc course and are released from their clinical duties for one day each week to attend this.

The Training Committee consists of the four tutors, the postgraduate administrator and trainee representatives. The Committee works with the Trusts to which trainees rotate whilst on the Scheme (North Yorkshire and York PCT and Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust). All trainees are members of the North Yorkshire Psychiatric Trainees Association, which arranges an active social calendar and meets monthly to discuss local and general training issues. The new Hull York Medical School brings opportunities for trainees to be involved in undergraduate teaching.

Training Committee

The commitee meets four times per year. Members of the committee are:

  • TPD
  • College tutors from Northallerton, York, Scarborough and Harrogate
  • Postgraduate administrator
  • Two trainee representatives
West Yorkshire Programme

The West Yorkshire programme provides a comprehensive training programme in psychiatry, offering wide experience of general psychiatry and sub-specialties. Training takes place in a broad range of settings including psychiatry hospitals, district general hospitals, community and academic units. The programme consists of posts based in Leeds, Wakefield, Bradford, Airedale, Calderdale and Kirklees. Six months is spent in each post.


The West Yorkshire programme has five local education providers (LEPs):

Bradford District NHS Care Trust

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Training Committee

The West Yorkshire Core programme has a training committee which meets quarterly throughout the year. The composition of the group is:

  • TPD CTS (chair)
  • College Tutors
  • CAMHS representative Leeds & Wakefield (currently seconded to a different Trust)
  • Tutors from Bradford & Airedale and Calderdale & Kirklees
  • Psychotherapy representative from each scheme
  • MRCPsych course organiser
  • Higher Trainee Representative
  • Core Trainee Representatives from L & W CTS, Bradford & Airedale, Desbury & Halifax - with one Core Trainee nominated to attend
  • Co-opted members
  • Head of School
  • Medical Directors
  • Medical Education Manager
  • AMD for DiT (service and employer issues)
South Yorkshire Programme

The South Yorkshire rotation has six local education providers (LEPs) serving a diverse population of around 1.5 million. Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust (SHSC) is the lead employer for core trainees on the rotation and the local provider of the Core Psychiatry Training course (CPTC).

The trust provides fourteen placements across the city of Sheffield in general adult, old age, liaison, forensic low secure, substance misuse and rehabilitation psychiatry. It is also
the main centre for psychotherapy training and research activity.

Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDASH) is a large trust in the heart of South Yorkshire that provides twelve placements in general adult, old
age, CAMHS and intellectual disability psychiatry. The placements are distributed across the main population centres of Rotherham, Doncaster and Scunthorpe.

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust provides eight placements in general adult and old age psychiatry across Chesterfield and much of the Peak District.

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust provides two general adult placements in Bassetlaw (North Notts) and four forensic medium secure placements at Wathwood Hospital
RSU (Rotherham).

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SWYFT) provides four placements in general adult, old age, and liaison psychiatry in and around Barnsley.

Sheffield Childrens NHS Foundation Trust (SCH) provides four posts in community and inpatient CAMHS