Psychiatry is the branch of medicine which is concerned with the understanding, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. These disorders relate to the brain and the mind, the person and their mental illness; how mental illness affects not just the person in their life, but sometimes who they are as a person; how to differentiate normal life stresses, distresses and difficulties from mental illness and how to understand the interactions between them and how we treat the person and their illness and/or their distress. Psychiatry is one of the most varied, interesting and rewarding specialties in medicine. Every day can be different and every patient seen is unique. Psychiatrists work in a number of settings including hospitals, research centres, universities, people’s own homes, day centres, residential centres and prisons.
Training in psychiatry is divided between basic and higher specialist training. There are learning outcomes for each year. A learning outcome defines what a trainee can do after a learning
|Step 1||Step 2||Step 3||Step 4||Step 5|
|Training Level||Medical School||Intern Year||Foundation Year||Basic Specialty Training in Psychiatry||Higher Specialist Training|
|Duration||4-6 years||1 year||1 year||2-3 years||3 years|
|Entry Process||Graduate or direct entry||Entry through the HSE Intern Match||Entry through competitive interview||Entry based on successful completion of foundation year||Entry based on successful completion of Basic Specialty Training|
|Application Date||CAO process opens in November||Application process opens in October||Application process opens in November||Application process opens in November||Application process opens in November|
|Programme Operated by:||Undergraduate Universities||Intern Networks||College of Psychiatrists||College of Psychiatrists||College of Psychiatrists|
Basic training consists of an initial Foundation Year (FY) and usually another three years of Basic Specialist Training (BST). If a trainee has previous training experience and can demonstrate learning outcome attainment, basic specialist training may be accelerated by one year, subject to the approval of an Annual Review of Progress Panel.
Completion of BST will result in the award of a Certificate of Completion of Basic Specialist Training (CCBST).
BST gives trainees experience across the life span.
Following BST the trainee selects further training at higher specialist level in one of the four specialties:
- Adult Psychiatry
- Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
- Psychiatry of Learning Disability
- Psychiatry of Old Age