Medical Careers

nhs staff smiling in conversationNottinghamshire Healthcare is one of the largest mental health trusts in the country, serving a population of over one million people across Nottinghamshire, including the provision of healthcare services from Rampton Hospital, one of the country's three high-secure hospitals. This provides interested trainees with unique training opportunities in forensic psychiatry.

The Trust also has strong academic links with the University of Nottingham and the Institute of Mental Health, home of the Mental Health Research Network hub for East Midlands and South Yorkshire.

The Trust is supporting the Royal College of Psychiatry's campaign to encourage medical students to specialise in psychiatry. You can find out more by visiting the College's website.

If you would like further information about training within Nottinghamshire Healthcare please contact Elaine Hayes in the Postgraduate Office on 0115 993 4514.


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Training opportunities

Psychiatry TrainingWe aim to provide trainees with excellent training and support them in their development to become future clinical leaders. There is an opportunity to training across a wide range of psychiatry specialties including:

  • general adult
  • child and adolescent
  • older adult
  • perinatal
  • rehabilitation
  • substance misuse
  • liaison 
  • eating disorders
  • forensics 

There is also an opportunity to gain experience in psychotherapy across the different locations of the Trust, providing trainees ample scope to meet their training needs in in this field.

The Trust manages two medium secure units, as well as the high secure unit, Rampton Hospital. This provides core trainees, as well as both general adult and forensic specialist trainees, invaluable opportunities to gain experience in forensic psychiatry.

The following core and specialty training programme details, as well as further information regarding application procedures, including person specification details and recruitment timetables, can be found on the East Midlands Deanery Medical Recruitment website:

  • Core Psychiatry Training 
  • Specialty Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 
  • Specialty Training in General Adult Psychiatry 
  • Specialty Training in Old Age Psychiatry 
  • Specialty Training in Learning Disability 
  • Specialty Training in Forensic Psychiatry 
  • Specialty Training in Psychotherapy dual with General Adult Psychiatry 

Research opportunities

We have close links with the Institute of Mental Health and the University of Nottingham. Since its formation in 2006, the Institute has established a track record of success, with achievements in pioneering education provision and innovative, service-facing, inter-disciplinary research. Institute of mental health logo

The Institute of Mental Health currently receives approximately £34 million pounds in external research grants and is one of the UK's prime locations for interdisciplinary research in mental health, with 33 full time and associate professors.


Particular strengths of the Institute are reflected in its eight Centres of Excellence:

  1. ADHD and neurodevelopmental disorders across the lifespan - advancing the translation of research into practice
  2. Dementia - tackling one of the biggest health challenges facing the population
  3. Education - providing accredited and non-accredited training delivered by experts in their field
  4. Health and Justice - improving the understanding of and provision for mentally disordered offenders
  5. Mental Health and Human Rights – due to launch officially in 2018
  6. Mood Disorders – advancing leading edge research into conditions such as depression and bi-polar disorder
  7. Social Futures - transforming how service users, carers and professionals work together in a new community of understanding
  8. Translational Neuroimaging - building on recent advances in neuroscience, diagnosis and treatment


The Institute also hosts:

  • the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group for the evaluation of the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of people with psychotic illnesses
  • MindTech - a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Healthcare Technology Co-operative focused on the development of new technology for mental healthcare
  • the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care East Midlands (CLAHRC-EM).

There are a number of clinical lecturer posts for those wishing to pursue a career in academic psychiatry.




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