SR Specialist Training Fund

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

Karrie Byrne
Examinations & BST Recruitment Administrator

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

Specialist Training Fund 2022-2023 – OPEN


To complement the suite of educational and training supports implemented on foot of the introduction of the NCHD Contract 2010, the HSE continues to have in place a specialist training fund for higher specialist trainees. This fund is to support and aid your participation in education and training events which are additional to those mandatory elements defined in the agreements in place between the HSE and the postgraduate medical training bodies.

The Specialist Training Fund is only available to higher specialist trainees who are enrolled in approved higher training programmes (this fund was previously known as the Discretionary Fund).

2022/2023 Claims:

The closing date for claims during training year 2022/23 is 13th October 2023.

The funding available to each HST trainee is equivalent to €500 per year of higher specialist training remaining as of 1st July 2010.

Please review the attached Guidance Document 2023 for further information about the specialist training fund and to determine if you are eligible to apply. Eligibility criteria include being in a clinical post for which you are receiving training credit and holding an NCHD contract.

Applications for claims incurred during the 2022/2023 training year are now being accepted.

Trainees can apply for funding in respect of financial liabilities incurred between the following dates:  Monday, 11th July 2022 to Sunday, 9th July 2023.

How to Claim:

2022/2023: Complete the 2022/2023 Reimbursement Form and return it with the appropriate supporting documentation to Ms Jennifer Kavanagh, Postgraduate Training Administrator, College of Psychiatrists of Ireland.

For further information about the specialist training fund for higher specialist trainees please email the Ms Jennifer Kavanagh or visit