Forensic Psychiatry Specialty Programme

This programme provides five single specialty trainees posts across the ST4 to ST6 years.  We also offer a Forensic / CAMHS dual training post once every five years. These posts are all within Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.  Currently, the rotation is based solely in Health Education Thames Valley Region.  The trainees have opportunities to train in male medium and low secure wards, enhanced low secure and low secure womens wards and forensic learning disabilities wards. The scheme offers rich and diverse experience in assessment and management of outpatients.  The programme has close links with the University Department of Psychiatry, Oxford University and Prof Seena Fazel can mentor trainees interested in research.  Trainees are encouraged to attend HMP Bullingdon for prison psychiatric experience.  Trainees are also able to organise their own prison experience in other wider areas of interest. Special Hospital placement will be at Broadmoor Hospital.

All placements are 12 months in duration, starting on the first Wednesday in August.  Trainees starting their rotation in February would also rotate in August. 

Training Sites for Forensic Psychiatry

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust (for Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire posts).

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

·     DME – Gerti Stegen – gerti.stegen@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk
·     Training Programme Director – Robert Cornish – robert.cornish@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk  

 Main hospital sites:

·     Oxford Clinic, Littlemore Mental Health Centre
·     Marlborough House, Milton Keynes
·     Woodlands Low Secure Unit

·     Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury

West London Mental Healthcare NHS Trust (for Broadmoor Hospital placement for six weeks only) and special interest opportunities.

·     Training Programme Director – Robert Cornish – robert.cornish@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk  

What our trainees are saying about the programme?

“I am approaching the end of my training in Forensic Psychiatry and can recommend Oxford as a place to train. In addition to patient management there is a very strong emphasis on developing report writing skills and all trainees receive a high level of supervision and support for this. In addition to these core skills there is ample opportunity to become involved in research projects, teaching and management development. All trainees spend time working at Broadmoor and also in local prisons. The trust itself is friendly, forward looking and goes out of its way to support trainees.” Dr BH

“During my forensic training in Oxford I have been able to sample a wide range of clinical experience – from acute and rehabilitation medium and low security and community supervision, to prison in-reach, gatekeeping assessments and court experience. The relationship with the consultant body is close and supportive creating a helpful training environment”. Dr D