Local Academic Programme
The LSCFT Local Academic Programme (LAP) occurs each Wednesday afternoon. This is linked to the regional MRCPsych Course and syllabus. Our programme receives consistently good feedback.
Everyone is encouraged to attend and participate, making it a rich educational experience for all. Each afternoon has a theme i.e. Alzheimer’s disease or Schizophrenia. Junior doctors have the opportunity to present cases, ‘5-5-5’ presentations, journal clubs/critical appraisal or audits for which they receive an assessment to include in their portfolios. There is also the opportunity to complete MQCs, which relate to the exams. Higher trainees deliver expert led sessions, interview skills training and chair discussions, all of which contribute to their leadership and management development. Consultants also chair sessions, deliver teaching, and receive feedback on their performance for their own CPD.
Psychotherapy is a particularly strong subject area for LSCFT, with weekly Balint groups being held as part of our local teaching as well as an introductory CBT course and psychodynamic psychotherapy course.
There is also a ‘Kick Start Psychiatry’ programme which is a set of workshops and communication skills sessions aimed at junior doctors who are new to psychiatry to enhance knowledge, skills and attitudes in helping patients with mental health needs. This is described elsewhere in another section of these webpages.
‘These have been inspiring sessions where I have become even more passionate about psychiatry and learnt a lot about communication and about myself’ (Junior Doctor, 2018)
Kick Start Psychiatry
Kick Start Psychiatry’ is a set of workshops and communication skills sessions aimed at junior doctors who are new to psychiatry to enhance knowledge, skills and attitudes in helping patients with mental health needs. The skills learned in our workshops will provide transferable skills within the placement in LSCFT and for future careers as doctors regardless of the speciality.
For the first 4 weeks of the rotation, each week we discuss a different topic – ‘Psychiatry Emergencies, ‘Professionalism’, ‘Quality and Governance in Psychiatry’ and ‘Preparing for the Local Academic Teaching Programme / Bite size Critical Appraisal’.
In the weeks following the sessions outlined, we develop the communication skills of the doctors. We emphasise practicing communication skills in a safe environment with the aid of videos and ‘patients as educators’ and regular feedback from supervisors particularly early in the post. We have also introduced a ‘handover’ simulation session, which is a simulation-based educational session in clinical handover for trainees in psychiatry, using SBAR as a communication skills tool.
The training sessions are all curriculum mapped to the various training curricular for Psychiatry, GP and FY doctors.