Post Category: » Hospital Posts
Location(s): » Bootham Park Hospital
The York GP training posts are based within the York locality of Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys Foundation Trust. The current main base remains Bootham Park Hospital, with in patient units elsewhere. There are 18 trainees based within York, made up of psychiatry trainees, GPs, FY2s and FY1 posts.
Psychiatry trainees are the North Yorkshire Rotational Training Scheme, approved by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The scheme covers York, Harrogate, Northallerton and Scarborough and has a total of 37 trainees. The Foundation trainees are drawn from the York Foundation School.
One post is placed with MH services for older people, the others are within adult mental health.
The out-of-hours working pattern is a hybrid shift, equivalent to 1 in 7.
There are plenty of opportunities to gain experience in the various aspects of General Psychiatry. A new and developing hospital liaison service is based at The York Hospital, and trainees all have the opportunity of working alongside their medical and nursing staff on call, which is reported as being excellent experience.
In addition we encourage trainees to take the opportunity to learn about more specialised areas of mental health, such as Eating Disorders, Perinatal Psychiatry, CAMHS, LD, Forensic Psychiatry and Psychological Therapies (with opportunity for interested trainees to attend a 3-day introduction to CBT course alongside career trainees). There is the opportunity to attend a weekly Balint group.
TEWV has a strong commitment to training and the psychiatry training scheme organises a weekly programme of Teaching on a Wednesday morning in York. In addition, Guest Lectures, Grand Rounds and other training sessions are arranged, some of which are held outside York. GP trainees are invited/ expected to attend this in addition to their scheme training, and the local training offered gets excellent feedback.
There is an established process of collecting and acting on feedback from trainees about the quality of the training posts, to ensure all trainees receive the best possible training experience.
The service in York has been through some well-publicised recent challenges, including the closure of inpatient wards at Bootham Park Hospital and moving to a new mental health trust. However, change also presents opportunity and this is an exciting time for the development of York’s mental health service. General adult in-patient beds are now open again in York at Peppermill Court and we are consulting on a new hospital build to occur over the next 2-3 years. The new trust, TEWV, is developing and introducing locally an innovative new method of multi-disciplinary working – both on the wards and within the community teams. These new ways of the team working together are designed to promote and develop ever closer teamwork in smaller units (6-8 people) than traditional teams and should allow trainees to integrate more easily and improve the clinical and workplace experience.