GP/Foundation training in psychiatry

We offer a variety of GP and foundation training posts to Junior doctors as part of the secondary care training programmes linked to Kent Acute Trust Hospitals: Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, Medway NHS Foundation Trust, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust and East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust.

Psychiatry placements are spread across a large geographical area and further information on the locations of these placements can be obtained from the our Medical Education Department. Programme information can also be obtained direct from the GP School and South Thames Foundation Schools as well as from the employing acute trusts.

Tuesday teaching

The Tuesday Teaching programme is rolled over eight weeks and held fortnightly alternating between east Kent and Maidstone sites.

The programme contains a full day of teaching which is aimed at foundation and GP trainees. The content is packed with a variety of interesting and stimulating psychiatry subjects. Previous trainees have commented that no other specialty linked to Kent provides such a robust teaching programme.

Balint groups

Balint Groups are held weekly at each site and are attended by trainees and led by a Consultant. A Balint group is a method of training doctors, generalists or specialists, in the doctor-patient relationship.

A group of trainees get together at each site once a week for one hour under the supervision of a consultant for this experience. A doctor reports, as spontaneously as possible, a case from his/her practice that poses a problem.

Participants and leader then help the presenter, by means associations, questions, and interpretations, with the difficulties in the presenter's relation with the patient.

Journal clubs

Journal Clubs are held weekly at each site and attended by trainees and Consultants. The presentation is usually an interesting case or critical appraisal of a journal article.

Trainees present interesting cases, which they choose with the help of the chairperson (usually their Consultant); this is in keeping with the level of experience and training of the presenter as the focus is new learning from the case.

Simulation training

Simulation training for Foundation Psychiatry trainees commenced in September 2014.

As part of an ongoing program, simulation training sessions are now provided to all foundation trainees rotating in Psychiatry in collaboration with Medway Maritime Foundation Trust.

Training is focused on psychiatric history taking, mental state examination, and risk assessment.

Trainee bio

Dr Isoken Zowa
GPST2 Psychiatry rotation (April-July 2018)

“One of the reasons I chose general practice is being able to have a holistic approach, making a difference not only to an individual but also families as well as a community.

"There are a lot of people who have to deal with problems with their mental health and it can be quite challenging. Working at St Martin’s has increased my knowledge of peoples’ experiences and of my role as a GP, working together with the community mental health team as well as acute services.

“It was great working as part of a team on the ward, with great support from colleagues who exhibited exemplary professionalism as well as empathy towards patients.

“Moving on, I look forward to using my experience to make a positive impact in my practice.”

NHS library services

Library and knowledge services are made available to our staff through libraries at acute trusts linked to Kent and Medway.

By joining a NHS library most convenient to you, you can gain access to the latest health-related books and journals. We also provide our own resource rooms at Canterbury and Dartford.


Locality tutors

Dr Vinu Vasudevan

Dr Sheeba Hakeem

Dr Adina Petrica
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells

Dr Ahmed ismail
East Kent


Trainees interested in experiencing other psychiatry specialities during their placement should speak to their supervisor who would be only too happy to discuss the opportunities available.

Once approved, trainees should contact the Medical Education department who will be happy to help them organise these.