ARCP Information - Trainees


 Core Psychiatry Training




The Health Education England across the North West (HEE NW) School of Psychiatry consists of over 200 Core Training posts spread across Cheshire and Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Lancashire.

Each region has a wide range of posts to prepare trainees to be an excellent Consultant Psychiatrist.

We also offer opportunities for those who wish to pursue a career in academic psychiatry, research, teaching and leadership.

Trainees will be expected to rotate through different specialties and Trusts to gain experience in a wide range of clinical situations. The posts within it, taken together, will allow trainees to meet the requirements of the approved core curriculum for specialist training in psychiatry. The three year core training involves rotating between 6 months posts in the following sub-specialities:


  • General and Community Psychiatry including Assertive Outreach, Crisis Home Treatment, Outreach for Homeless People, Early Intervention for Psychosis, Rehabilitation and Liaison Psychiatry.
  • Old Age Psychiatry including Memory Clinics, Community Teams, Domiciliary Clinics, Young Onset Dementia, Day Hospital and Liaison Psychiatry.
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry including Specialist Adolescent and Academic Psychiatry.
  • Substance Misuse.
  • Learning Disability Psychiatry including Specialist Asperger Services.
  • Forensic Psychiatry including all levels of security.

CT1 trainees will generally remain in the same Mental Health Trust, but not necessarily the same locality, during their 12 months as a CT1.

In the first 18 months of training trainees will generally spend 12 months in General Psychiatry and 6 months in Old Age Psychiatry with placements in other sub-specialities later in Core Training.

All trainees are required a 6-month placement in either Child and Adolescent or Psychiatry of Learning Disabilities and these are only available to those in CT2 and CT3.  Child and Adolescent Run-Through Trainees require two Child and Adolescent placements; one of which must be in a Liaison setting.   Only after trainees have completed such post that requests for specialist areas i.e. Liaison, Forensics and Psychotherapy can be considered.  




Training Locations



Cheshire and Merseyside

On the Mersey Scheme there are 4 Mental Health Trusts:

Trainees will be expected to rotate through most of the Trusts during a minimum of six 6-month posts. 

Along with the excellent training opportunities Liverpool is a bustling city that is rich in culture.

Its maritime heritage overlooks the River Mersey where you can ride the famously sung about ferry or visit the stunning Albert Dock and visit one of the cities many museums.

Liverpool is host to a rich music scene with many a venues to visit, along with a wide range of restaurants, shopping and leisure facilities.

There are also two Premier League football teams. And crowning it all are the residents. Liverpudlians are some of the friendliest, most humorous people you're ever likely to meet.  /


Greater Manchester Scheme 

On the Greater Manchester Scheme there are 3 Mental Health Trusts:

Trainees will be expected to rotate through most of the Trusts during a minimum of six 6-month posts. 

Manchester in now England’s second city, renowned for its passions for art, shops and boutiques.

Manchester also has a number of free museums and galleries including the Lowry, Imperial War Museum and Museum and Science of Industry.

Manchester United and Manchester City Football Clubs are both celebrated worldwide and with one of Britain’s only cycling velodromes, Manchester is the place to be for world-class sport and opportunity.

Manchester also boats Europe’s largest indoor arena, regularly playing host to the world’s best artists.


Lancashire Scheme

Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust is a small but reputable region that offers trainees a wide breadth of experience during their 3 years of Core Training. 

If Lancashire is your preferred region and allocated to this area, you will spend the entirety of your Core Training rotating through this region.

Lancashire has much more to offer than cobbled streets and cotton mills.  Explore the area and you will find so much – from histroicla Lancaster to the up and coming city of Preston and not forget Blackpool and its world famous illuminations and tower than only Paris can rival!

The list of current posts can be found in Appendix A – Core Psychiatry Training Placements. This list is subject to change.

Please let your Training Programme Director know ASAP if there is a problem with your placement allocated to minimise disruption. Developments from the time the rotation is drafted such as sickness, maternity, OOP requests and ARCP outcomes may lead to changes in placements: 


·  Dr Roshelle Ramkisson- Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust   

·  Dr Rachel Elvins  - North West Health Boroughs  

·  Dr Emily Mountain   -Greater Manchester Mental Health   

·  Dr Declan Hyland  - Mersey Care, Cheshire and Wirral and Alder Hey 

· Dr Seri Abraham  - TPD for Manchester Foundation Trust, Pennine Care, and Academics







The School of Psychiatry arranges a Core Psychiatry Induction twice a year for the new CT1/ST1s. 

Appendix C - Core Psychiatry Training Programme Induction Pack, contains useful information with regards to HEE NW




MRCPsych Course



Further information with regards to the MRCPsych Course can be found here