Committees

Postgraduate Training

This section provides information and help to those qualified doctors seeking to undertake specialist training in psychiatry, medical students and doctors in training considering it and for the general public.

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland (CPsychI) is responsible for all aspects of postgraduate training in psychiatry in Ireland. It aims to provide the best possible training for qualified doctors at both basic and higher ‘Specialist’ level in psychiatry.

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Contacts for Postgraduate Training

Kellie Myers
Senior Manager, PGT Operations

Caroline Keyes
Examinations & BST Recruitment Manager

Jennifer Kavanagh
HST Recruitment & Allocations Administrator

Kevin Costello
Continuous Assessment Manager

Yomna Khalil
Accreditation Administrator

Fiona Halsberghe-Murphy
Continuous Assessment Administrator

Emma Lindsay
Courses and E-Learning Co-ordinator

Iryna Pariyarath
Trainee Committee & Courses Administrator

Postgraduate Training Committee (PTC)

Function: To provide advice and guidance to the Council of the College and to the Dean of Education on all policy matters relating to postgraduate training.

Its key tasks and priorities include:

    • The development, design and implementation of a competency-based postgraduate training programme, including the development of appropriate outcomes, curriculum, instructional framework and assessment processes
    • The accreditation of training schemes
    • The development, design, and implementation of a formal e-learning and face-to-face teaching programme
    • The implementation of national recruitment systems for Basic Specialist Trainees & Higher Specialist Trainees
    • The development, design and implementation of the College’s Clinical Examination
    • Ensuring compliance with the requirements for postgraduate training specified in the Medical Practitioners Act, 2007 and in this regard working closely, collaboratively and in co-operation with the Medical Council, HSE National Doctors Training and Planning, and with the Forum of Postgraduate Training Bodies.

Sub-Committees of PTC (Report to Council via the PTC):

  1. Examinations Sub-Committee (Chair – Chief Examiner) – Contact for committee Caroline Keyes exams@irishpsychiatry.ie
    This Sub-Committee has been established to:

      • Develop and implement an Irish Exam at basic specialist training level (with initial priority of a clinical examination – the first ‘mock’ took place at the end of 2013)
      • Appoint and train a panel of examiners (including external assessors)
      • Develop and oversee an effective policy for appeals

     

  2. Accreditation Sub-Committee (Co-Chaired by Dean and another member of PTC) – Contact for committee Kevin Costello kcostello@irishpsychiatry.ie
    This Sub-Committee has been established to:

      • Ensure the quality of training posts (e.g. Accreditation of Schemes, Sites & Trainers, Develop Rules & Regulations, Delivery [Inspection combined with review of ARP data], Appeals)

     

  3. Courses and e-Learning Sub-Committee – Contact for committee Emma Lindsay elindsay@irishpsychiatry.ie
    This Sub-Committee has been established to:

      • Organise the development of course content
      • Co-ordinate the production of standalone e-modules for BST, HST, PDP and Consultants
      • Approve and make recommendations with regard to course learning outcomes
      • Decide which courses should be delivered as a training course with online content, and which courses should be delivered as standalone e-modules
      • Identify those suitable to deliver such course content
      • Implement quality assurance of all course content [includes assessment of content independent of those who developed it to ensure it is fit for purpose]. This includes review of feedback. This may be done in conjunction with the PCS Committee.

     

  4. Child and Adolescent (CAP) Sub-Committee – Contact for committee Emma Lindsay elindsay@irishpsychiatry.ie
    This Sub-Committee has been established to:

      • Provide guidance to the PTC on matters relating to Child & Adolescent psychiatry training.

     

  5. Syllabus, Curriculum, & Annual Review of Progress (SCCAARP) Sub-Committee – Contact for committee Kevin Costello kcostello@irishpsychiatry.ie
    This Sub-Committee has been established to:

      • Develop and improve the continuous assessment process and engage with and enhance curriculum development to ensure a high quality curriculum is developed and maintained.