Medical Education

Welcome to Psychiatry in Kent


Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT) provides Psychiatry placements and training for doctors all over the county of Kent. KMPT was ranked second out of fifteen Trusts for overall satisfaction on the 2017 GMC Survey.

We have vibrant academic programmes in place for junior and senior trainees, SAS doctors and Consultants. Our teaching programmes include Balint groups, Journal clubs, Tuesday GP/FY teaching, Core trainee teaching, Regional Teaching, CPD programmes and a Medical Education Research Forum. All teaching is accessible across all the KMPT sites. Journal club presentations for trainees are chaired by their Consultant Clinical Supervisors, and usually alternate between Case Presentations and Critical Appraisal of journal articles. KMPT have also formed Links with Brighton University for MRCPsych and MSC Psych training, which core trainees attend.

In KMPT, we have Consultant Leads for Curriculum, Simulation, Humanities and Leadership who organise a range of different events throughout the year for trainees and other trust staff. The Trust itself organises multi- professional conferences for all staff and these are advertised to all doctors. KMPT hosts six-monthly Feedback forums during summer (a cricket match between juniors and consultants) and at Christmas for trainees and consultants, which include a psychiatry quiz. These events are organised before trainees finish their rotation to enable feedback to be provided on their last placement and it also gives the trainee an opportunity to meet with their consultants out of the busy work environment.

Feedback from a GP Trainee in Medway, April 2015 Rotation

‘Arranged teaching is excellent and I think incomparable to what any other department offers, given its frequency and that it is protected time. It is extremely helpful that it is aimed at General Practice’. 


Kent - The Garden of England

Kent is one of the few places, which is near London, and yet feels so far away. Kent offers everything from ultra-modern art galleries to centuries-old heritage sites, romantic short weekend breaks to fun-filled family holidays and from luxury spa breaks to exhilarating cliff-top hikes. You are never stuck for things to do in Kent!

With its super-fast links to London, Belgium and France, some people speed straight through Kent. However, those in the know appreciate that there are a million reasons to slow down and explore. Kent it seems has something for everyone - Coastlines, Countryside and close links to London. Our training posts are based across a large area of sites, which include, Ashford, Thanet, Canterbury, Dartford, Medway, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells. Most sites are commutable via the M25, M2 and M20 motorways and have good public transport links. Dartford attracts a London Fringe Weighting. 

About The Medical Education Department

KMPT Postgraduate Medical Education Department offers a forward thinking and dynamic approach to teaching, learning, training and research, with a strong reputation for delivering high quality education in Psychiatry. The department deals with the management, organisation & development of medical education within KMPT and provides support to trainee doctors and management of training facilities across the Trust.

The experience and expertise we have in providing Psychiatry education & training is renowned, and we are continually investing in our trainees to offer the best educational experience to support their personal and career development. Medical Education is funded via the Health Education England Kent Surrey and Sussex (Learning Development Agreement (LDA) and we are regulated by external bodies including the General Medical Council, specialty schools & the Royal Colleges. The regulation takes the form of annual trainee surveys, visits (annual, special and informal), annual reports and data submission at end of year completion of training.

Our main function is to ensure that the quality frameworks for the delivery of education and training are in place and meet the requirements of the regulatory bodies and the Trust’s standards for patient care. The Trust also receives Medical Students placements from Kings College Medical School and St Georges International Medical School Grenada, Physician Associates from Canterbury Christ Church University as well as the Foundation & GP trainees from Acute Trusts (Medway Foundation Trust, Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust, East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust and Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust). The Core and Higher trainees in Psychiatry are supported through a network of colleges, educational and clinical supervisors, local faculty groups and the inspection mechanisms.

Kent Journals of Psychiatry

Volume1 - Issue 1