The North London higher training scheme in Learning Disability (Intellectual Disability) covers North East and North West London. The scheme has 11 training posts in 5 NHS Trusts in a mixture of community, inpatient and forensic settings. With regards to the East London Jobs, 4 are in ELFT and 1 post is in NELFT.
Psychiatry of Learning Disability (also called Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability) is a rewarding, fascinating and challenging psychiatric speciality. Our trainees learn to assess and treat complex mental and behaviour disorders in people with a learning disability.
It is a speciality which truly draws together the biological, psychological and social factors which underpin mental illness. We work with patients, families, carers and the wider community to deliver holistic and personalised care.
During training you can develop specialist expertise in neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism and ADHD. You can learn how genetic syndromes influence an individual’s mental health. You can become an expert in the use of pharmacological and psychological treatments for mental and behaviour disorders. We also work closely with colleagues in mainstream mental health services to ensure our service users receive the best possible care.
There is an active postgraduate teaching programme. A monthly multidisciplinary whole day academic programme is held on the 2nd Monday of every month with a range of external speakers, case discussions, journal club, research and quality improvement presentations.
We provide ample opportunities to develop special interests in areas such as forensic psychiatry, epilepsy, child psychiatry and dementia.
Our scheme has a strong academic links to University College London and Professor Angela Hassiotis.
We are very keen to support trainees to achieve a good work life balance. We actively support less than full time training and patterns of flexible working.
We also encourage our trainees to take time out of programme (OOP) to develop skills. In recent years, our trainees have taken time out of training to work for Health Education England, to complete a higher research degree at University College London or to travel abroad to learn how services are delivered in other countries.
The GMC trainee survey indicates high levels of satisfaction from trainees on our schemes.
Our trainees have developed a short film which illustrates their experience of higher training in London. Please have a look HERE
For information about our specialist curriculum please click HERE
If you are interested in learning more about the speciality or perhaps experiencing a taster day with one of our consultant supervisors, please do get in touch.
ID programme prospectus.
The contact details of the Training Programme Directors are:
Dr Eileen Mc Namara (North London)
Dr Nicole Eady (North London)