CPFT consultant backs campaign to boost numbers of psychiatrists

A CPFT consultant is backing the RCPsych campaign to encourage more students to choose psychiatry as a career

CPFT consultant backs campaign to boost numbers of psychiatrists
11 September 2017

A psychiatrist at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) has welcomed the Royal College of Psychiatrists campaign, launched today, to encourage medical students to be part of vital workforce needed to support people with severe mental health conditions.

Dr Chris O'Loughlin, Consultant Psychiatrist at CPFT and Royal College of Psychiatrists Committee Member for training and education in the East of England, said:

“There are more and more people coming forward for mental health support, which is a good thing as mental health is becoming less stigmatised with campaigns, such as Head Together from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, raising the profile.  We are also encouraged by the government’s commitment to expand the NHS mental health workforce. 

“In order to increase the number of psychiatrists we need to encourage medical students to choose psychiatry as a career, as currently around 25% of junior doctor training posts in psychiatry remain unfilled. 

“Here at CPFT we have world-leading experts and we are implementing innovative new services such as integrated services with hospitals.  We need to ensure that the people will be available with appropriate skills to allow mental health services like this to grow in the future.

“Psychiatry is an excellent and rewarding career and the campaign launched today emphasises the huge positive impact on the lives of psychiatrists can have on patients and their carers, the learning opportunities, and the variety of interesting challenges every day.”

Chris is also Head of Postgraduate Psychiatry Training for Health Education England, East of England.

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