Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Who needs access to my portfolio?
What’s the best format for a case log?
When should I meet my Educational Supervisor?
Your contact with your Educational Supervisor (ES) is absolutely critical if you are to make progress in your higher training. You need to be proactive in contacting your ES and arranging meetings, especially your pre-ARCP meeting, which is critical.
For August starters, you need to organise your initial meeting with your ES in September (March for February starters). You need to organise your mid-point review half way through the 12 months of each year’s training (ST4, ST5 and ST6). For August starters, this will be in January, and for Febuary starters this will be August/September.
The most critical meeting is your pre-ARCP review meeting. This is when the pre-ARCP report will be prepared, which will guide the ARCP panel. You need to make sure that this meeting happens and that the report is available in your portfolio well in advance of the lockout period, and that any problems highlighted during the meeting are addressed in good time.
It is very much your responsibility to organise these meetings. Your ES will be busy and you must ensure that the meetings happen. If your ES is busy, off sick, unavailable, or if there are any other problems, you need to flag this as an issue early and contact your TPD and the other ES to make alternative arrangements. Do this early. The alternative is a possible Outcome 5 at your ARCP, which will help no-one.
The pre-ARCP meeting with your ES (and the ES report) puts everything into context for the panel. It allows us to understand your portfolio fully and is your opportunity to highlight areas you want the ARCP panel to be aware of. If your CS has commented about poor timekeeping, for example, the ES meeting (and report) might highlight the fact that a family member was unwell at the time, causing domestic disruption for you. Once the panel knows this, we can see the bigger picture.
As of September 2017, your ES will complete the “End of Year Review: Level 2 Supervisor Report” in your electronic portfolio, not the paper form previously used. Please remind you ES about this.
Another important function of the pre-ARCP meeting with the ES is to summarise the evidence. The portfolio can be so big and unwieldy that it is impossible for the panel to see all the evidence in the 15 minutes we have for each trainee. The ES report summarises the evidence and reassures the panel that all the evidence is there. The panel can then look at specific areas in greater detail.
“Phew! I’m not locked out of my portfolio. I can still upload all of this the night before my ARCP!”
What should I do for Leadership and Management training?
Who are the Clinical Supervisors?
“So you’re a Forensic Psychologist? That sounds interesting.”
Forensic Psychologists are governed by the British Psychological Society. Psychiatrists and Psychologists often work closely together but do come from different backgrounds and each bring a distinct knowledge base and skill set to their work.
How can I get an DONCS assessment?
How can I become a forensic psychiatrist?
“Is that like Cracker?”
No – it isn’t like Cracker.
Cracker was a 1990s TV series about a criminal psychologist who helped the police to solve crimes. Forensic psychiatrists are doctors (see above) who assess and treat mentally disordered offenders. We treat people with mental disorders in order to get them better, like other doctors. We do not help the police to solve crimes. Many of our patients have been involved in criminal offending and we do often work with solicitors, barristers and the criminal Courts to provide expert advice on management of mentally disordered offenders. We don’t “profile” people – we assess and treat them.
“How do you cope with all the blood?”
There’s no blood. That’s Forensic Pathology – another branch of medicine involved with determining the cause of death using post mortem examinations. Our work involves expert knowledge of psychopathology, pharmacological and other treatments of a range of serious mental health problems, a sophisticated understanding of the legal and risk context and multidisciplinary team leadership. Clinical work involves careful and detailed interviewing. If there’s blood, you’re doing it wrong.
What have I got to lose by joining the scheme?
I’m a new ST4 starter – what do I do?
I’m a trainee – what should I know about Forensic Psychiatry?
- The Fallon Inquiry
- The Blom-Cooper report
- From toxic institutions to therapeutic environments – a thoughtful, considered and helpful book by some real “experts by experience”
- The Kerr-Haslam Inquiry
- Speak to your supervisor – there are many, many others
When I finish my training, can I just start work as a Consultant?
I’m a final year trainee. Can I act up as a Consultant?
Can I take a break during training?
- OOP for Research (OOPR)
- OOP for Training (OOPT)
- OOP for Experience (OOPE)
What is Form R?
How can I make my portfolio look good for the ARCP?
A word on mini-PATs
When do I need an Educational Supervisor’s report?
What can and can’t locum Consultants do with regard to supervision?
- They are contracted for at least 3 months
- The Clinical Supervisor role is in their contract
- They have undertaken training for this role
- They are appraised in relation to this role
What is this Tribunal Guidance that everyone’s talking about?
Where can I find guidance about training? Where is “the rulebook”?
Does a Clinical Supervisor have to be a Forensic Psychiatrist?
I’ve finally finished my training and got my final ARCP Outcome 6. I have a Consultant job in a different Trust and I want to leave. Who do I tell?
- Your employer – i.e. Medical Staffing
- The Trusts’s Medical Education Manager – Elaine Hayes
- Your Clinical Supervisor
- Your Educational Supervisor
- Your Training Programme Director
- The relevant person in HEEM – email@example.com