Seminar series Dec 2019

Scholarships and train journeys galore!

The end of year seminar was held in Leeds. Delagates from all over the UK attended to take part in our educational sessions and also to pitch their ideas for the annual AUTP Trainees Scholarship prize.

Psyched Up came to share their experiences of teaching. They told us about their communication skills programme and how they are able to improve the experiences of medical students whilst working in mental health

We were treated to a session on coaching by the Director of AO coaching Anthoney Owens. Anthony works with people from a number of sectors but also has a great deal of expertise in the health sector.

We were also very lucky to have Prof Wendy Burn come along to share her experience of teaching throughout her career. We learned about how she got into teaching and the positive changes she has brought about. Her take up message to us was to ‘be kind’ to those around you as this creates a better working and learning environment.

The scholarship competition was fierce. All of the candidates who were chosen to present their projects gave well thought out presentations. All projects presented were innovative and showed a great commitment to mental health. We wanted to award a prize to all the candidates. Unfortunately we were only able to choose 5. The winners were,

AUTP seminar series – Dec 2019

Welcome to the next edition of the AUTP seminar series. This time we will be in Leeds!

Location – St Georges Centre, St Georges Rd, Leeds LS10 4UZ

Check out our fantastic line up! The president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists is going to be sharing her experience in medical education by sharing stories from her journey from junior doctor to head of training in Yorkshire and to the lofty heights of president!

This conference will give you the chance to her from our prospective scholars and help decide who will be awarded one of our coveted prizes

If you would simply like to attend our conference as a delegate we would love you see you. The day will be packed with inspirational speakers as well joining in on our educational workshops.

There are 3 options regarding sign up to this conference. Refreshments will be included on the day

  • You can make a one off payment of £20 to attend this single conference (below).
  • You can become a member at the cost of £10 per year and attend all of our conferences for free!
  • If you are already a member simply email us and let us know that you will be attending

Single conference payment

This payment will allow to access to the the summer conference for the whole day.

£20.00

We look forward to seeing you there. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you require any further information

My education journey

By Simon Rose, lived experience educator

My route into medical education started nearly 25 years ago. It began with my first admission onto an acute psychiatric ward. I admit that this is an unconventional starting point but over months as an inpatient, I accumulated knowledge and experience about what it means to be in distress and what we mean by mental illness in the context of the UK’s mental health services. 

This lived experience forms the basis of my practice as a medical educator today. Over the last 25 years, I have had further periods of inpatient care, further involvement with Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs) and further psychological input, all of which has shaped me as a person and as an educator– as well as having a family, working and otherwise getting on with my life.

Through being involved in mental health services, I can understand concepts like ‘stigma’, both external and internal, and ‘restrictive practice’ such as medication regimes where you pile on weight whilst feeling like a zombie. I still remember being ‘trazastoned’ when taking Trazadone. I began to realise that care in the NHS was variable, and my experiences as a recipient of NHS services often depended on which particular person delivered that particular service.

My Journey Today

Currently, I use my decades of experience to work in the NHS in Derbyshire as a Lived Experience Educator. I therefore work with medical students during their psychiatry placement, supporting them to understand what Lived Experience is and the knowledge that comes from it. This is an amazing opportunity to work with tomorrow’s doctors, one that I am passionate about, and one that I hope will reduce the patchiness of services in the future. 

I initially started with voluntary involvement with local service user groups. This developed into a period of support work in university and then working as part of a service user led organisation that was commission to provide engagement services to those with mental illness in Derbyshire.  

At the University, I was lucky to come into a team with a long established commitment to working collaboratively with people with lived experience to enhance medical students’ learning. When I joined, the Expert Patient Programme in Derby had been running effectively for ten years. This was under the stewardship of Dr Subodh Dave and benefiting from the skills, drive and determination of Nurse Educator, Alexa Sidwell. 

A colleague and I were recruited initially on a 12 month fixed term contract to evaluate the teaching offered in Derby. Three and a half years later, we are both established members of the teaching team with substantive contracts. Our roles have evolved over time so that rather than reviewing other people’s teaching, we now teach students ourselves. Something I am immensely proud of!

In 2018, I was the first service user educator to enrol on the Post Graduate Certificate in Medical Education offered by Sheffield University – a qualification that I have now passed! I also work with the Royal College of Psychiatrists on multiple education based projects and am delighted to be involved in conversations at a strategic level about how knowledge derived from Lived Experience can play a part in shaping services and can help future professionals to work in an empathic, person-centred way.

My Take Home Point

Thank you for taking the time to read my musings. If, however, you could take one thing away from this piece, it is this:

Remember that knowledge comes from many places; from lived experience as well as books and lectures. If we truly want future services to be as good as they can be, then does it not make sense to learn from a range of different knowledge types? In doing so we embed that ‘other’ as a resource that shapes and augments the traditional wisdom held by doctors and other professionals working in this field.  

Improving Psychiatry Placement Inductions

Dr Charlotte Turner

Dr Turner has recognised that psychiatry placements can be daunting and that local trust inductions for psychiatry are highly variable. Her project entails designing a standardised curriculum for local trust inductions in psychiatry across the Peninsula deanery.

This would help new trainees to psychiatry to deliver safe and effective patient care at the same time as  enhancing their experience within the specialty. The curriculum will be based on survey findings from trainees, supplemented by input from senior doctors and a process of programme evaluation. It is hoped that following local implementation, use of the curriculum could be expanded and tested across different deaneries over the UK.

Psychiatry Foundation Doctor Teaching

Dr Alana Ahmet

Since 2017, Dr Ahmet has been running weekly teaching for foundation doctors at North East London Foundation Trust. Her interactive teaching sessions now form part of the compulsory local teaching programme and have been recognised by Health Education England.

Since 2017, Dr Ahmet has been running weekly teaching for foundation doctors at North East London Foundation Trust. Her interactive teaching sessions now form part of the compulsory local teaching programme and have been recognised by Health Education England.

Alana aspires to make the teaching of psychiatry exciting, enticing and appealing as well as a reflection of the true essence of working in psychiatry. In expanding her project, Dr Ahmet has a vision of sharing her work through creating teaching plans and open resources for other deaneries to use for their dedicated foundation doctor psychiatry teaching.

“Mental Health with Dr Elliott”

Dr Elliott Carthy

“Mental Health with Dr Elliott” is a brand-new YouTube channel designed to create educational and engaging content about mental health conditions that can be easily and freely accessed by healthcare professionals, students and the general public.

“Mental Health with Dr Elliott” is a brand-new YouTube channel designed to create educational and engaging content about mental health conditions that can be easily and freely accessed by healthcare professionals, students and the general public.

He has already created an informative series, titled, “2 minute medicine” that aims to give a succinct overview of common mental health conditions.

Check out his Vlog on depression. subscribe to the channel to learn about lots of other aspects affecting mental health

Dr Carthy aims to extend the content and maximise the exposure of the channel, as well to collaborate with other content creators to promote multidisciplinary working through online education.

“GetPsychEd”

Dr Tom Dalton

Tom has been successfully teaching medical students at the University of Birmingham for the past three years.

He has introduced innovative methods of teaching and visual materials which focus on exploring the phenomenology and function of common psychiatric symptoms. This includes; use of thought experiments, interactive exercises, descriptions from lived experience and presence of expert patients. He aims to help students to understand and relate to patient experiences and deconstruct stigmatising preconceptions. Dr Dalton aims to launch a website for “GetPsychEd” in order to disseminate his teaching materials on various psychiatry topics.

Crash Course in Managing Psychiatric Emergencies

Dr Emma Brooks

The key aim of Dr Brooks’ teaching project is to improve the knowledge, skills and confidence for new trainee cohorts, in dealing with psychiatric emergencies.

She will be using trainee questionnaire data and training curriculums to develop a, “simulated on-call” teaching session, with patient actors. Examples scenarios include; dealing with acute aggression, self harm behaviour, assessing capacity and prescribing antipsychotics. Trainees would have the opportunity to seek clarification, prescribe, document as if they were on call, but in a safe teaching environment. She aims to continually develop her initial framework based on her evaluation methods.

AUTP Summer Conference

The AUTP trainee team are giving you yet another chance to attend one of our ever popular conferences.

Date 31 May 19

Location Kings College London

Come along and join us for our summer conference. We have a great line up planned. In the morning you will hear from some inspirational educators and have the chance to meet and chat to them about your teaching experiences. They will also be on hand for any advice

During the afternoon session you will have the opportunity to join our workshops and learn about your teaching style. The AUTP trainees team will also be on hand to help in any way they can.

There are 3 options regarding sign up to this conference. Refreshments will be included on the day

  • You can make a one off payment of £20 to attend this single conference (below).
  • You can become a member at the cost of £10 per year and attend all of our conferences for free!
  • If you are already a member simply email us and let us know that you will be attending

Single conference payment

This payment will allow to access to the the summer conference for the whole day.

£20.00

AUTP trainee Conference Feb 2019

On the 1 February 19, The AUTP held our second conference in Derby. This conference built upon the successful relaunch of the AUTP and was developed as part of our conference series.

It was great to meet so many new faces and see the enthusiasm within the room. It was also exciting to have not just psychiatrists, but exam actors, medical nursing educationalists, nursing colleagues and occupational therapists as part of the conference. This is the start of making the AUTP the home for any professional, with an interest in psychiatric medical education, providing conferences, education, a place to share ideas and network. It was really exciting to start putting this into practice!

The first speaker was the influential Prof Femi Oyebode, professor of psychiatry at Birmingham University and author of Sims’ Symptoms in the Mind. He shared his personal journey of his career in medical education, and thoughts about what he wished he had known. He gave very interesting insights into the history and developments of teaching structures e.g. workplace-based placements and now established formal educational roles for doctors. It was fascinating to hear how much change there has been in the last few decades.

Following Prof Oyebode, we were lucky to hear from Dr Hamid Alhaj. Dr Alhaj is a consultant psychiatrist, director of medical education in Sheffield and also the Director of  Research for the National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care. He gave us an excellent talk on the importance of medical leadership and how this interacts with medical education.

Finally, before lunch, the Purple List gave us a performance of their widely acclaimed play, “A gay dementia venture”. Apart from being incredibly thought provoking and hard hitting, it is a unique example of bringing theatre into medical education, as HYMS have done. This truly innovative new teaching method has received brilliant feedback from medical students.

After lunch, one of our prestigious AUTP scholars, Dr Emma Brooks, presented her progress and questions around her project on running simulation sessions for psychiatric emergency teaching. This stimulated lots of interesting discussion, ideas and feedback from the room, including thoughts on use of video simulation and patients with lived experience. It was great to hear this update and on how the project is taking form!

Surg Lt Cdr Luke Baker then led a session on what the delegates want from the AUTP as we develop the charity and continue the relaunch. This was a great session generating plenty of enthusiasm and new ideas including: suggestions for engagement; methods of sharing good practice e.g. displaying posters at conferences; saving a stand at Congress; and linking with other organisations; to name a few! We will certainly be taking these forward!

The final session before the AGM, was small group workshops on how different groups can be used to teach in psychiatry. The groups were medical students, doctors, allied health professionals and patients. Each small group discussed the pros and cons, and then presented their thoughts to the rest of the conference in the form of a 5-minute teaching session. We enjoyed watching one group put across their discussion points in the form of role play! The session led to a really interesting and lively discussion.

We received some initial feedback about what delegates took away and enjoyed the most…

“Huge passion for education of all health professionals”

“Networking and learning from others and the Purple List!”

“Everyone joining in – lively debate”

We are busy working on the next conference for May or June, so please send us any suggestions and keep checking this website for more information!