We offer a wealth of opportunities for a career in psychiatry as an educational placement provider for medical students and junior doctors from foundation through to specialist psychiatry training. Our consultants and speciality doctors take up a range of opportunities to enhance their careers and gain clinical excellence awards.


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Photo of Dr Monique Schelhase, Associate Specialist and Lead Clinician for the CONNECT The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Adult Eating Disorders Service

Dr Monique Schelhase, Associate Specialist and Lead Clinician for the CONNECT The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Adult Eating Disorders Service chairs the Royal College of Psychiatrists Specialty and Associate Specialist (SAS) Committee.

“I have worked for LYPFT for the last 13 years and been in my current post, Associate Specialist in Eating Disorders for the last 12 years. I recently ended my role as LYPFT SAS Tutor, however I remain in my appointed role as the Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatry SAS Committee.

In addition to being the Clinical Lead for the CONNECT eating disorder service, I am a Medical Appraiser and an Approved Clinician. It is unlikely that I would have stayed in the SAS grade for as long as I have, had I not been employed by an organisation that provided me with so many varied opportunities to improve my clinical and leadership skills, and gain valuable management experience. I have always been supported by the Trust to engage in national roles and to pursue non-clinical roles while continuing with my varied clinical commitments”.


Your career and development

As an employer of choice, we want you to feel supported and valued in your role.

You will have access to first class continuous professional development to maintain and develop the skills and expertise you need to do your job well with a range of opportunities to contribute to the ongoing delivery of safe, effective and efficient care for service users throughout your career.

All our doctors have access to the nationally-renowned Andrew Sims Centre – which is hosted by the Trust.

Development opportunities include:

  • New initiatives to improve the education and training experiences of medical and other clinical staff
  • Participation in national and international research projects with a number of universities including Leeds and York
  • Contribute to nationally acclaimed psychiatry training programmes – Dr Zumer Jawaid, a specialist higher trainee working in old age psychiatry, was named Health Education England’s Yorkshire School of Psychiatry Higher Trainee of the Year in June 2019.


Opportunities you can expect

Here’s a quick flavour of the opportunities the different medical grades within the Trust can expect.

Our medical students have access to:

  • extended student-led research or evaluation project opportunities
  • Placements in a range of psychiatry sub specialities
  • A psychiatry summer school

Our foundation doctors have:

  • access to local psychiatric teaching
  • Allocated time for educational and clinical supervision
  • Audit opportunities

Our core trainees have:

  • Excellent support to help prepare for Royal College examinations
  • Medical student teaching opportunities
  • Specialist placements
  • A wide range of training experiences

Our higher trainees have:

  • Leadership opportunities
  • Specialist placements

Our speciality doctors get the opportunity to:

  • Be an appraiser
  • Access a bespoke speciality doctor annual training programme
  • Access a development programme to achieve article 14
  • Develop your leadership skills
  • Access to a speciality doctors’ tutor

Our consultants have clinical, educational, management and leadership opportunities such as:

  • Chief or Principal Investigator of research projects
  • Lead Clinician or Professional Lead
  • Medical appraiser
  • Tutor or Training Programme Directors
Meet Dr Ben Alderson

Dr Alderson receiving awardHello, my name is Ben. I’m in training to become a consultant in Old Age Psychiatry and I’ve been working at the Trust since August 2014.

I specifically chose to work in the Yorkshire Deanery for my higher training. It gave me the opportunity to work at this Trust as the training programme has a well-deserved, fantastic reputation.

The clinical training and supervision programme is of the highest quality and the Trust encourages training doctors to develop those essential non-clinical skills such as leadership, management and research.

These opportunities mean that there is healthy competition amongst training doctors to work at the Trust. The consultants I worked for in my first year in Leeds were exceptional trainers. For example Dr John Holmes and Dr Nick Brindle were encouraging and supportive of my training needs and provided direct supervision in my clinical role. Dr Nick Brindle also supervised part of my Master’s Degree in Psychiatry, which I completed in 2015.

I was fortunate enough to stay in Leeds for a second year and work for Dr Sharon Nightingale, who has supported and supervised me to successfully apply for a fellowship role with the Yorkshire Deanery, which I took up in February 2017.

The high quality training and supervision I have received directly impacts on the quality of care that service users in the Trust receive. As I am developing my skills as an independent practitioner, I really value the input of senior clinicians when discussing care plans for the service users in my care.

The team I work with is supportive and friendly and the experience of training at the Trust will not only help to provide the delivery of safe, high quality care to our service users, but it will improve my skills and give me a solid foundation for my future career.

Dr Ben Alderson
Junior Doctor, Old Age Psychiatry

Find out more about Ben’s clinical excellence teaching award from the Leeds Institute of Medical Education