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School of Psychiatry

Cornwall Partnership Trust

  • 12 places for specialist/core trainees in Psychiatry, recognised and approved by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
  • 1 place for Foundation Year 1
  • 3 places for Foundation year 2
  • 3 places recognised for training in General Practice
  • 6 places for STR/SpR Higher Trainees

In Patient Units

  • Bodmin Hospital - this is a purpose built Private Finance Initiative (PFI) Unit. It has 23 acute mental illness beds on the Fletcher/Bowman Ward, 20 beds on Garner Ward for older adults with organic conditions, a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit, Harvest Ward and a Recovery Ward Fettle Ward. It has a minor injury unit and a community hospital and private treatment unit on site.
  • Longreach Mental Health Unit - this is also a PFI Hospital, purpose built in 2003. It houses 30 acute psychiatric beds in Bay Ward and 20 beds for older adults with organic illness in Cove Ward. The unit includes a 'Place of Safety' Suite for assessment of patients apprehended by police under Section 136 of the 1983 Mental Health Act. The Have Unit provides a therapeutic environment for patients admitted to the ward and immediately post discharge. The Camborne-Redruth Community Hospital site also has a minor injury unit and community beds.

Clinics/Administrative Bases

  • Royal Cornwall Hospital
  • Josiah Thomas Memorial Hall
  • Tolvean House
  • Bolitho House
  • Alexandra House
  • 57 Pydar Street
  • Trevillis House

Medical Staffing Contact

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Example of a Cornwall Partnership Trust, Core Training short job description and timetable


General Adult Psychiatry: Longreach House, Redruth (west rota)

General Adult Psychiatry: Bodmin Hospital, Bodmin (east rota)

Old Age Psychiatry: Longreach House, Redruth (west rota)

Overview of team


Core Trainee (CT1)

+ Specialist Registrar

Ward based nursing staff, occupational therapists

Community Psychiatric Nurses + Occupational therapists + Psychologist + social worker in the Community Team

Nature of Duties

Core assessment and physical evaluation of new admisions.

Review of mental state of inpatients and leave patients.

Acute and on-going physical care of psychiatric inpatients.

Outpatient clinics, home visits in the community.

Out of hours owrk in hospital and accident and emergency department.

Typical working week

9am - 5pm : Monday to Friday with on call rota out of hours.

(Bodmin - east rota 1:9; Longreach - west rota 1:10)

Banding to be confirmed prior to commencing post.

Teaching and training Wednesday mornings.

Attendance at MRCPsych course in Plymouth on Fridays.

Typical post related clinical skills opportunities

Psychiatric assessment, mental state examination, cognitive assessment

Assessing and managing suicide risk

Using the Mental Health Act

Multi-disciplinary team working

Opportunity to do home visits in the community


In-house Teaching Psychiatric trainees have in house teaching sessions weekly on Wednesday mornings at Bodmin Hospital or in Newquay, including the Journal Club, Case Presentations, Psychotherapy and external speakers.
Mandatory Teaching

Induction for Cornwall Partnership Trust

Therapeutic Management of Aggression and Violence - breakaway techniques

Lone Worker Training

Immediate Life Support

Administration of electro-convulsive therapy (ECT)

Audit Opportunities Participation and presentation encouraged. Support from Audit Department