Adult Psychiatry

Adult Psychiatry provides for the assessment, diagnosis and management of mental illness in persons who are aged between 18 and 65 years.  Adult Psychiatrists treat a patient population that includes those with psychosis, mood disorders, organic brain disorders and personality disorders.  They usually work within a team of other mental health professionals to provide care which may be delivered in the community or in-patient units.  A thorough knowledge of pharmacological treatments, psychological approaches and an understanding of the social factors contributing to the development and perpetuation of mental illness is required in this specialty and is emphasised in training.

Training Pathway for Adult Psychiatry

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 in Adult Psychiatry
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 Applicaiton process opens in November Applicaiton process opens in November
Programme Operated by: Undergraduate Universities Intern Networks College of Psychiatrists College of Psychiatrists College of Psychiatrists

The programme is operated and regulated by the College of Psychiatrists  of Ireland under the aegis of the Irish Medical Council (IMC). The College of Psychiatrists is the only body recognised by the IMC to provide psychiatry training.

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