Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability

The North London Training Scheme in Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability is well regarded and delivers high quality training in the speciality.


There are eleven placements in the scheme of which trainees would normally choose three over three years. The placements are all over North London.

Please click here for the Prospectus for the North London Higher Training Scheme in Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability. (Opens Word doc)


Most placements are in community learning disabilities teams, where experience is provided of joint working with a wide variety of other health and social care professionals and a range of community settings.  All of the placements also provide experience of inpatient treatment, either in supporting people to use mainstream mental health units, or for two of the posts, in specialised assessment and treatment services. We also have a popular placement in the specialist secure (forensic) inpatient service for people with intellectual disability in Hackney.

Teaching programme

The scheme runs a monthly day teaching programme in Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability that trainees are required to attend, and in addition CNWL runs a Professional Skills programme addressing more generic skills required to be a Consultant. Trainees are also encouraged to contribute to local teaching at the placements. The scheme has very strong academic links with University College London, where Professor Angela Hassiotis runs a very successful academic department, and interested trainees can get involved in specific projects in the various research programs there.  We have successful Academic Clinical Fellows on the scheme, with previous trainees completing PhDs and gaining MRC Research Fellowships.

Special interest work

There are also opportunities for special interest work. Several of the placements are associated with specialist Autism diagnostic and intervention services, and there are close links with clinical genetics at Great Ormond Street, with local child development teams, and with neurology, including at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

We continue to develop our training program to ensure those completing training are equipped for modern practice, including working in an integrated way with social services and adult mental health teams, and minimising the need for hospital admissions by  ensuring people have flexible, skilled and reactive support in community settings.

Trainee’s assessment of a typical placement on the scheme:

“This was an excellent clinical placement…I was able to experience working in a highly effective and well managed integrated community learning disability service.  Tower Hamlets offers a unique opportunity to work closely with the Bengali community, which is greatly enhanced by a number of Bengali staff who provide an invaluable link between services users and their families and health services.

“This post provides a very good balance between clinical work and valuable non-clinical opportunities.  I was able to facilitate teaching of medical students and other psychiatry trainees.  I was also able to provide clinical supervision for a junior trainee, new to psychiatry.

“[Dr X] provided high quality regular clinical supervision. He supported access to teaching and management opportunities in the trust. I was able to feel like a valued member of the team. I was able to attend and contribute to mental health, transition and referrals meetings. I had opportunity for liaison work with the mental health trust and joint community for with a number of professionals from the multidisciplinary team.”

Contact details:

Address: 2nd Floor, Chamberlain House, St Charles Hospital, Exmoor Street, London W10 6DZ
Phone: 020 3317 4215

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