Psychiatry is a branch of medicine which is focused on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental health disorders.

Psychiatry is a rewarding, yet demanding, specialism where you will get to work in a variety of environments. This may be in an in-patient facility or within the community. 

A career in Psychiatry

A career in Psychiatry will give you the opportunity to: 

  • prevent, diagnose and treat mental health and behavioural disorders
  • work in multidisciplinary teams within a variety of settings
  • diagnose psychiatric disorders and other health conditions 
  • help patients find the most suitable treatment including prescribing medicine and counselling
  • help patients and the community stay mentally well

Psychiatry is suited for those who:

  • are good at listening and are non-judgemental
  • are good at reading peoples' emotions and reactions
  • can approach difficult situations with sensitivity and empathy while not becoming emotionally attached
  • appreciate the importance of building rapport and trust with patients and their families

Training in Psychiatry

  • Core Psychiatry training

    The Core Training programme usually lasts 36 months and prepares you for progression onto Higher Training

  • Higher Psychiatry training

    The Higher Training programme is comprised of a minimum of 36 months of advanced training in one of 6 single specialities or 7 dual combinations

Page last reviewed: 24 May 2024
Next review due: 24 May 2025