Psychiatry of Old Age

Psychiatry of Old Age is a specialty that provides a service to those who develop mental illness over the age of 65.  Mental illness in older people is common and often has a complex or multifactorial cause.  Old Age Psychiatrists therefore provide a service in general hospitals, at community clinics, in patient’s own homes and in nursing homes.  Treatment will sometimes involve admission to day hospitals and occasionally will involve admission to a specialised inpatient facility.  Old Age Psychiatrists work as part of a multidisciplinary team that may include Mental Health Nurses, Clinical Psychologists, Occupational Therapists and Social Workers.  In addition, they work closely with colleagues in general hospital departments including Medicine for the Elderly, Neurology, Neuropsychology, Neuroradiology and in Primary Care.

Training Pathway for Psychiatry of Old Age

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Training Level Medical School Intern Year Foundation Year Basic Specialty Training in Psychiatry Higher Specialist Training in Psychiatry of Old Age
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

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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