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Junior doctor training expands at Cumbria NHS trust

THE number of junior doctor training placements offered by a Cumbria trust is to increase this year.

From August, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust will expand its training program for doctors just out of medical school.

The trust currently has two places on offer in north Cumbria and the expansion will enable five junior doctors to train. They will be gaining vital learning experience in the fields of working age adults and older adults’ mental health in both North and West Cumbria.

Dr Samuel Dearman, the trust’s director of medical education, said: “This is a very welcome development. We are working with Health Education North East to help enable them to meet the need for more junior doctors to develop their competence in helping patients manage mental health problems.

“It’s so important that all doctors can do this throughout their careers - even when they don’t become psychiatrists. “However, we also hope that by having the chance to work in mental health services some are inspired to pursue a career in mental health.”

Sarah Maddicott, consultant psychiatrist and the CPFT tutor, said: “I’m really excited about the expansion in the number of foundation doctors in psychiatry from August 2014 in North Cumbria.

“We have a real chance to give more junior doctors an excellent experience in mental health work which will benefit them and their future patients, whatever their career choice.

“By exposing doctors to psychiatry at a very early stage in their junior doctor training, we may also be able to help them consider psychiatry as a career which will have a positive impact on some of the current recruitment issues.”

The junior doctors will be placed in the Whitehaven and Carlisle areas and work with the working age adults and older adults’ services.

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