Psychiatry is a broad specialism focussed on helping those with a wide range of mental health disorders – it is generally considered a middle ground between neurology and psychology. Whilst many doctors in the NHS will be responsible for “General Psychiatry”, there are a number of more specific subset interest areas including (but not limited to) General Adult Psychiatry, CAMHS, Forensic Psychiatry, Addiction and Sleep Medicine. Psychiatry is currently a very understaffed specialism within the UK, so with more recognition being given to the importance of mental well-being and demand on Psychiatry services increasing each year, there are great career prospects within the NHS.
The only post graduate qualification recognised by the GMC for purpose of an IMG gaining a medical license to practice in Psychiatry, is MRCPsych (Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists). MRCPsych provides reassurance that an IMG has obtained a core skill level equivalent to that of a UK trained Psychiatrist. The highest demand within this speciality is for doctors with over 3 years of specific Psychiatry experience and the most sought after sub-speciality interest areas is usually CAHMS.
“My advice would be that if you want to work/train in Psychiatry in the UK, complete MRCPsych rather than going down the PLAB route. I would also suggest being open to working in general psychiatry or other sub-speciality areas for your first job - the most important thing you need is some NHS experience and a UK reference, once you are ‘in the system’ it becomes much easier to navigate towards your ideal role.”
If you think that a career in the UK or Ireland is the next step for you then why not send us a CV and Register top right or check out some of our current vacancies below.
A South England NHS Trust are looking for a diverse, motivated and committed international doctor for a Speciality Doctor Forensic Psychiatry position.
All applicants must have a diverse portfolio with experience in mental health, learning disabilities and community health services.
Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists is essential.