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 medical students and doctors who want to gain some experience of forensic psychiatry in the United Kingdom.
We offer medical students and doctors from the UK and around the world the chance to spend time with us, in the spirit of sharing good practice and further developing national and international links within psychiatry.
This website is not part of Health Education East Midlands or any NHS Trust. The official website for the training scheme within Health Education East Midlands is badly outdated, but can be found at https://www.eastmidlandsdeanery.nhs.uk/psychiatry/forensic_psychiatry.
Medical students and doctors are welcome to visit and gain some experience of forensic psychiatry. All visits take place at Arnold Lodge medium secure hospital in Leicester.
We welcome medical students, during their elective period or at other times, for a day, a week, a month or longer. We have hosted many visits from UK medical students as well as for elective students from across the world. UK-based medical students often do not get the chance for a forensic psychiatry placement and we are keen to remedy that.
The UK has some of the best-developed forensic psychiatric services in the world and we are always enthusiastic about welcoming doctors with an interest in forensic psychiatry. We most often host visits from psychiatrists in training, either general adult psychiatrists with an interest in forensic psychiatry, or trainee forensic psychiatrists. There are marked differences in the ethical and practical approach to common issues in forensic psychiatry even between countries in Europe. These are fascinating to observe and discuss in the spirit of sharing and developing good practice. As well ass Europe, we have welcomed medical students and doctors from North and South America, as well as from Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australasia. The cultural approach to medicine itself is different in many areas and the ethical considerations inherent in forensic psychiatry often bring these different cultural approaches to the fore.
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.
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 visiting us. Please get in touch. We welcome medical students and junior doctors as visitors to our scheme – for an hour, a day, a week, a month or longer.
The best way to get in touch is to read the instructions at http://forensicpsychiatrytraining.co.uk/visiting and then email Charmaine Everson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With very best wishes
Dr Nicholas Taylor MB ChB MRCPsych LLM
Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist