Core trainees

Core trainees

We are part of the North East London (Bart’s and the Royal London) Specialty Psychiatry Training Scheme. The two trusts in our scheme are North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT) and East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT).

NELFT offers CT posts in both inpatient and community adult psychiatry, as well as Older Adult, CAMHS, LD and specialisms including Perinatal, Early Intervention and Liaison psychiatry.

The scheme covers a large diverse population and is geographically more compact than some other London training schemes. Core training posts in NELFT are based in one the four boroughs of: Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Barking & Dagenham and Havering. We are well served well by the Central and District Lines, TfL rail and Overground. The trust has a focus on agile working and all trainees are provided laptops with ability to work from home or other community sites.

NELFT have links with a number of academic institutions including University College London, Queen Mary University and Bart’s and The London School of Medicine. Trainees have close relationships with the medical education and management team and we have a well attended and active Junior Doctors Forum and Local Negotiating Committee.

Clinical Supervision

This is provided on a weekly basis with your consultant to discuss any clinical issues or training needs you require. You will need to come prepared with areas you want to develop, cases which you want to understand more fully or even for work place based assessments (WPBA).

Teaching and Exam Preparation

You will have protected weekly Wednesday afternoon teaching. The first Wednesday of the month will be at Barts Hospital, and the rest at either the JAHWC in Waltham Forest, or Fords Sports and Social Club in Ilford. As part of the teaching you will have the opportunity to deliver either a case presentation or a journal club presentation, and to attend Balint group (twice monthly). There is also a monthly on call club.

The MRCPsych course for Papers A and B will run weekly for all core trainees. For CASC, we offer a structured teaching programme in the months leading up to the exam, as well as a mock CASC which offers practice of stations with the emphasis on feedback on performance.

The trust medical education department also provides a wide range of simulation training which you have the opportunity to be involved with.

On calls

The trust operates three resident on call rotas,covering Goodmayes Hospital, King George’s and Queen’s,  Woodbury and Whipps Cross. During a 6 month post you will spend 3 months each on two of these rotas and will be supported by an on call SPR and Consultant.

Teaching Opportunities

The trust provides placements for 2nd and 4th year students from QMUL Barts & The London and Physician Associate students from Queen Mary’s. You will have the opportunity to provide teaching sessions to students placed with your team. There is also the opportunity to provide teaching sessions to Foundation year trainees based at NELFT.


You will be offered the opportunity to take on a short case and a long case with supervision during your core training.