We are proud that we offer the highest standards of training and we want to share some of what we do with colleagues and, especially, with potential trainees.
GMC Training Survey – Best Forensic Psychiatry Training Scheme in 2015 and 2016, highly commended in subsequent years
The scheme offers higher specialist trainee doctors at ST4-6 level a fantastic range of exciting opportunities, providing placements in all levels of security, from community services, through low and medium secure services to the high secure service at Rampton Hospital, as well as a wide range of opportunities in prison settings.
The scheme works closely with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Lincoln Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Northamptonshire healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, the local education providers, to provide placements with a wide range – both professionally and geographically. Our motivated and highly regarded supervisors are committed to putting the training needs of individual trainees first. You are here to learn and develop in a safe, supportive and stimulating environment.
This unofficial website is not part of Health Education East Midlands. It is maintained by the Training Programme Director for Forensic Psychiatry in the East Midlands, Dr Nicholas Taylor. The official website for the training scheme within Health Education East Midlands is at https://www.eastmidlandsdeanery.nhs.uk/psychiatry/forensic_psychiatry.
Trainees on the scheme rotate through services based in Leicester, Nottingham and Lincoln, with additional training opportunities further afield – Derby and Northampton are possible at the specific request of individual trainees. Arnold Lodge Medium Secure Unit in Leicester and The Wells Road Centre in Nottingham often host the largest numbers of trainees, with smaller numbers at Rampton Hospital near Retford and in Lincoln, including at the Francis Willis Unit, a low secure unit. Community forensic placements are also available in Nottingham, Lincoln and Derby.
Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest providers of prison mental healthcare in the country. Trainees are able to access placements in a wide range of prisons as part of the Trust’s Offender Healthcare Directorate.
Variety of work
Our work often takes us to other settings. We assess patients in prisons and hospitals across the length and breadth of the country and often assist the Courts by giving evidence, particularly in the Crown Court. Many of our trainees undertake Masters degrees during their higher specialist training, often in medical or mental health law, medical education or related areas. Expert Witness work under Consultant supervision is regarded as an important part of training and our trainees gain wide experience in this area.
We enjoy an excellent relationship with other parts of the School of Psychiatry within the Local Education and Training Board (LETB). Dr Tuhina Lloyd, as The Head of the School of Psychiatry, is a Consultant Psychiatrist and supports our scheme enthusiastically. The support of the School of Psychiatry in particular and the LETB more generally has led to the development of a range of opportunities which are coordinated with the other training schemes in psychiatry, including simulations of Mental Health Review Tribunals and a Crown Court Trial.
A career in forensic psychiatry is not for everyone. Training in Forensic Psychiatry is enjoyable, fascinating and varied. It will also be difficult at times, with significant ethical, legal, professional and emotional challenges. We can guarantee, however, that it will never be dull!
Get in touch
We enjoy our work and are proud of what we do. We hope you will find our site interesting, and perhaps even consider applying to join our scheme. Please get in touch. We welcome medical students and junior doctors as visitors to our scheme – for an hour, a day, a week, or longer.
With very best wishes
Dr Nicholas Taylor MB ChB MRCPsych LLM
Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist
East Midlands Forensic Psychiatry Training Programme Director
0116 207 7786