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Kate leads the way to inspire future psychiatrists

Posted on 5th February, 2009

Dr Kate Lovett, Consultant Psychiatrist, Urgent and Inpatient Care South Hams and West Devon has won first equal prize in the Royal College of Psychiatrists South West Division Innovation Prize 2008. Kate received her prize for the work she did on setting up an education conference last year, with her colleague Subhash Gupta and she recently presented her work at the South West Biannual Conference. The education conference was the first of its kind to be organised to support clinical teachers in undergraduate psychiatry in the South West. Although good postgraduate courses exist for teaching and continuous professional development (CPD) in generic medical education there are no dedicated courses or conferences to support psychiatrists to develop professionally as teachers. As Kate comments: “I hope that this will be the first of many CPD events to support clinical teachers in undergraduate psychiatry in the Peninsula and that it may provide a model for other medical schools, as well as highlighting the need for educational CPD on a national basis. “On average only 4-5% of medical graduates in this country choose psychiatry as a career and as a country we have always relied heavily on oversees graduates to make up the shortfall. With the expansion of medical school places for students over the last seven years we have a good opportunity to raise the profile of psychiatry within undergraduate training and hopefully inspire future doctors to consider a career in psychiatry. “