Undergraduate in psychiatry

With a strong history of working with King’s College London and St George’s International School of Medicine in Grenada, Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT) is an excellent choice for undergraduate medical students on their Mental Health placements.

KMPT also look forward to welcoming students from the newly established Kent and Medway Medical School.

Your Placement

Stage 3, Year 4 medical students from the King’s College London GKT school of medicine can benefit from an 8-week placement in general adult, older adult, child & adolescent, learning disability, forensic or perinatal services. KMPT also take pride in being able to provide experiences with drug and alcohol dependency services, S136 place of safety, on-call and ECT teams.

Clinical placements will be with community teams or wards in East Kent (Ashford, Canterbury and Margate) or West Kent (Dartford, Maidstone and Medway).

Accommodation

Accommodation is provided by our partner acute trusts at the following hospitals:

East Kent
William Harvey Hospital, Ashford
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital, Margate
Kent & Canterbury Hospital, Canterbury
https://www.ekhuft.nhs.uk/patients-and-visitors/work-here/living-in-east-kent/accommodation/ 

West Kent

Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford
http://www.dgtclinicaleducation.nhs.uk/accommodation

Maidstone Hospital, Maidstone
https://me.mtw.nhs.uk/facilities/accommodation/

Medway Maritime Hospital, Gillingham
https://www.medway.nhs.uk/services/medical-education.htm

Experience

A typical medical student’s experience will include:

  • Full trust and local inductions
  • Electronic patient systems training
  • Personal safety breakaway training
  • Regular supervision with clinical supervisor
  • Access to weekly journal clubs
  • Access to doctors’ resource rooms and resource materials
  • Access to libraries via our partner acute trusts where students are accommodated
  • The chance to observe ECT and join the doctor on-call (sign-up service)
  • A Trust issued laptop to ensure access to IT and electronic patient notes whilst on clinical placement
  • The opportunity to see your undergraduate administrator at least weekly
  • Access to the trust intranet and online resources
  • The opportunity to become involved in research if available
Student Facilities

On each main hub site there are the following facilities:

  • Doctors resource room with:
    • Tea and coffee making facilities
    • Rest area
    • Dining area
    • IT access
    • Microwave
    • AV facilities
    • Reading and research materials
  • Main restaurant with dine-in and takeaway options for hot and cold food:
    • Maidstone – KMPT Riverside Café, Hot food machines in Priority House plus access to  Maidstone Hospital Trust canteen and many takeaway restaurants on site
    • Medway – access to  Medway Maritime Hospital Trust canteen and many takeaway food shops on site
    • Dartford – KMPT Trust canteen/Takeaways plus Hot food machine and many takeaway food shops on site  
    • Canterbury – KMPT Trust canteen ECAO /Takeaways plus Hot food machine
      Thanet – KMPT Hot food machines at TMH plus access to  QEQM Hospital Trust canteen and many takeaway food shops on site plus  

Ashford – access to  William Harvey Hospital Trust canteen and many takeaway food shops on site

Teaching Programme

In each block, a full day of teaching will run every Thursday. Teaching is aimed at being an interactive group activity rather than didactic lectures.

Topics are typically timetabled by week. Example teaching timetable:

Week 1:               Induction
Week 2:               Essentials of psychiatry
Week 3:               Older adult mental health (core teaching subject)
Week 4:               Special groups – adult learning disabilities, perinatal, MH of Asylum Seekers
Week 5:               Junior Doctor and medical student Led teaching
Week 6:               Child and adolescent mental health (core teaching subject)
Week 7:               Forensic mental health (core teaching subject)
Week 8:               Themed learning week / consolidation week (campus based)

Teaching is delivered in the main by consultant psychiatrists who are passionate about education and strive to prepare and empower the next generation of medics. Every teaching day is also attended by the undergraduate administrator who offers full support to both the faculty and the students.

A timetable is sent to students prior to Induction and an agenda for each teaching session prior to the event.

Travel

Reasonable pre-approved travel expenses incurred from accommodation to clinical work placement and teaching will be reimbursed by KMPT. Your undergraduate administrator (UA) will give you a form to complete and monies will be paid directly into your bank account. Your one return journey home at the end of your mental health block will be reimbursed by KCL and as such, the KCL travel policy should be followed for reimbursement.

Students who drive and bring a car to their mental health placement should inform their UA and discuss travel arrangements prior to seeking reimbursement.

St George’s International School of Medicine, Grenada

KMPT /St Martin’s Hospital receives year 3 international medical students from St George’s International School of Medicine in Grenada. These students are from all backgrounds and countries including America, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, Nigeria, British Virgin Islands and Grenada to name a few.

The students rotate through East Kent Hospitals University Foundation NHS Trust for their core rotations, and spend 6 weeks at St Martin’s Hospital and our affiliated sites to complete a 6 week core in Psychiatry. During this time students go into clinical environments in all different specialities of psychiatry to gain good varied exposure.

Student numbers vary each year, however, usually we receive up to four students at one time, consistently throughout the year.

We are very proud of our success rate for the core rotation psychiatry with the vast majority of students going on to achieve excellent pass rates in the NBME exam at the end of their rotation with us.

EOPS Feedback

“Great teaching days. Interesting variety of placements. Lots of student support by the team.”

“The team were really friendly, and always introduced themselves to me and tried to build rapport”

“Lots of patient interaction and great teamwork”

“I was made to feel part of the team and was involved in the assessment of patients during consultations.”

“Excellent guidance by F1. Gained lots of patient contact and confidence in my skills. Thursday teaching covered a wide variety”