Available programmes:

  1. General Adult Psychiatry (DUBLIN, St Vincent’s)
  2. Intellectual Disability (DUBLIN)
  3. Child and Adolescent Liaison Psychiatry (DUBLIN, Temple St)
  4. General Adult, Old Age (DUBLIN, St Patrick’s)
  5. Child And Adolescent Psychiatry (DUBLIN, St Patrick’s)
  6. Old Age Psychiatry (DUBLIN, St Patrick’s)
  7. Intellectual Disability (GALWAY)
  8. General Adult Psychiatry (SLIGO)
  9. General Adult Psychiatry And Rehabilitation (SLIGO)
  10. Psychiatry Of Old Age (SLIGO)

For detailed information see below!

Before applying, please, read useful information re. exchange placements in Ireland

  1. Organisation of accommodation, transport and visa, is the responsibility of the applicant. We recommend planning well in advance before coming to Ireland. However, we advice that you don’t book your flight or accommodation before receiving formal offer for the placement.
  2. A Garda vetting (police clearance) is required from Irish Garda before starting your attachment and it takes 4-6 weeks processing time from the point of application. A Police clearance from your country is also required.
  3. The length of placements is usually 2- 4 weeks, and in exceptional circumstances up to 6 weeks.
  4. Periods available: January – July and August – December
  5. Language: Fluent English.

Description of the programmes:

1. General Adult Psychiatry (DUBLIN, St Vincent’s)

We offer a placement within the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health Research at St. Vincent University Hospital. This will be in General Adult Community-based Psychiatry and observation of liaison services and on-call in a busy A&E Department.
There will also be opportunities to get insight in the management of patients with common general adult psychiatric disorders, as well as eating disorders, research in mental health and medical education. Exchange trainee will have the opportunity to attend in-service academic teaching programme. Please consult the Department page on the Hospital website for further Information.

– address:

St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin 4

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Picture: St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin

2. Intellectual Disability (DUBLIN)

Opportunities exist for a 2- 4 week placement in Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability at St. Vincent’s Centre. The Centre is home to 96 residential service users ranging from 7 – 70 years of age, all living in purpose built bungalows. There is also a respite facility, which caters for the needs of approximately 40 service users with varying levels of disability. This provides short breaks to families and their carers, and services to over 350 service users on a daily basis. Trainees would gain exposure to the range of day and residential services offered, the multidisciplinary nature of the team and to the specific mental health needs of individuals with Intellectual disability. Additionally there are opportunities to attend other day centres in Dublin area, out-patient clinics or joint-clinic with service physician for individuals with co-morbid epilepsy.
Ideally trainees would already have completed 1-2 years of training in psychiatry prior to this placement. Preference will be given to trainees who intend to train in this area or who are considering this.

– address:
St. Vincent’s Centre, Navan Road, Dublin 7

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Picture: Dublin city centre at night

3. Child and Adolescent Liaison Psychiatry (DUBLIN, Temple St)

Temple Street, founded in 1872 is an acute paediatric hospital serving some of Ireland’s sickest children and providing a referral and care service on both a regional and national basis.  Temple Street cares for 145,000 children per year. Over 45,000 of these children attend the Emergency Department every year making it one of the busiest in Europe. The hospital is based in the city centre in Dublin, Ireland. The Liaison Service is based at St. Francis clinic, and is a multidisciplinary team with two consultant Child and Adolescent Liaison Psychiatrists, Psychology, nursing, social work, OT and trainees on the team. Consultation- Liaison Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, also known as Medical Psychiatry or Psychological Medicine, is the medical speciality that caters for children with medical illnesses and psychiatric co-morbidity.  It has long been recognised that children with medical illnesses experience significant psychological and psychiatric co-morbidity– rates may be as high as 30%, and even higher in some studies. The WHO now identifies mental health disorders as the second largest cause of co-morbidity for children and adolescents. Children with mental health disorders and their families have as great a right to provision of healthcare as those with other health needs. Strategies such as “no health without mental health” campaigns underpin equity and fairness and highlight these needs. We offer expertise in managing mental health issues across the continuum of paediatric illness, where young people are attending medical teams in Children’s University Hospital. As an active multidisciplinary team, we have excellent links with psychology, social work, broader Multidisciplinary teams and groups and integration with teaching and training are valuable experiences for trainees.Paediatric Liaison Psychiatry Teams are designed to operate in hospital emergency departments, wards and outpatient settings. Liaison psychiatrists see young people across the age and intellectual ability range and support young people and their families while they are in the hospital. They work in the context of both acute and chronic illness, for example supporting adherence to treatment regimes and treating co-morbidity including depression, managing anxiety disorders, side effects of medication use, suicidal ideation and risk assessment during treatment or facilitating referral to local services. They have a role in supporting young people with somatoform disorders, or with psychosomatic presentations as part of medical disorders. At times they support children with known mental health disorders while they access hospital services. Examples might include young people with a range of neurodisability when experiencing a medical illness.Diagnosis and management of medical illness have an impact on perceived parental and child stress and anxiety, as caregiver burden may be greater with concurrent medical and psychiatric morbidity. Psychiatric illness has an impact on adherence to treatment, and thus outcomes, in chronic illnesses.  Psychiatric and medical co-morbidity have a profound influence on children from a developmental perspective and a significant impact on rates and duration of hospitalisation.  Treatment  itself may cause psychiatric morbidity and children and adolescents with these complex needs may present management challenges in paediatric settings.Thus we support the psychiatric needs of children and young people with a constellation of physical and mental health needs.  This includes seeing a range of first presentations (including relating to mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychosis, somatoform complaints, eating disorders, mental health disorders in the context of specific genetic disorders, other difficulties).

In particular, this exchange opportunity may be of interest to Trainees with an interest in

  • Acute presentations (for example, in managing Deliberate Self-arm or Emergency Psychiatry).
  • For Trainees with an interest in later adolescence and youth mental health who are keen to gain exposure to ADHD management or around transition issues in paediatric care, may be keen to take up a session.
  • Other options might include a special interest in infant mental health, Neurodevelopmental psychiatry, supporting links with intellectual disability and neurodisability services, psychiatry services for children with inherited disorders and epilepsy.
  • This is a research- active department, with links to UCD and TCD and clinical research links in the service include to research on Educational interventions, an RCT looking at parent groups in the context of DSH, Eating disorders, ADHD, transition issues, intellectual disability and global mental health/ international teaching endeavours.

4. General Adult Psychiatry (DUBLIN, St Patrick’s),
5. Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (DUBLIN, St Patrick’s) and
6. Old Age Psychiatry (DUBLIN, St Patrick’s)

– description of Placements 3, 4 & 5
Established by Jonathan Swift, St Patrick’s University Hospital holds a 260 year old tradition in treating people with mental illness. The hospital is associated with Trinity College Dublin and offers support to students and trainees through teaching activities and a wide variety of research projects.

This placement offer opportunities for trainees who want to obtain experience in day care, inpatient care and outpatient setting. There are various teams specialising in different areas of psychiatry such as General Adult, Old Age, and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. A multidisciplinary team approach is used and observers will have the chance to work closely with counsellors, psychologists, psychotherapists, family therapists and occupational therapists. Apart from the team work, a variety of interventional programmes are available. These programmes involve group work and specialize in Psychosis, Affective disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Eating Disorders, Young Adult (18-25, also working with First Episode Psychosis).Trainees may opt for one or two teams they would like to attend to throughout their placement.

The hospital could offer free accommodation, subject to availability and the period of the observership.

Please indicate your preferred subspeciality on the application form. If interested in specific programme(s), you may highlight this in your covering letter.

– address:
James Street, Dublin 8, Ireland


Picture: St. Patrick’s University Hospital, Dublin

7. Intellectual Disability (GALWAY)

Brothers of Charity Galway is an NGO funded by the Health Services Executive (HSE) to deliver social, residential, rehabilitative and mental health care to individuals with Intellectual Disability diagnosis in the West of Ireland. The mental health care involves providing outpatient clinics in a number of locations in Counties Galway and Roscommon as well as regular reviews for service users in community-based residential settings and group homes. The clinical services are run by a Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability and 2 registrars. The mental health input is supported by multidisciplinary staff including clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and social workers.

The mental health team has access to admission in the local psychiatric unit in University Hospital Galway if needed. Visiting trainee can get involved in a variety of clinical activities including attendance of out-patient clinics and multidisciplinary team meetings, assessment and interventions. Preference will be given to applicant who have completed at least one year of training in psychiatry.

– address:
Woodlands Centre, Renmore, Galway, Co. Galway

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Picture: Salthill beach, Galway

8. General Adult Psychiatry (SLIGO) and

9. General Adult and Rehabilitation Psychiatry (SLIGO)

– description of placements 7 & 8

An opportunity for placements with one of three of our teams specialising in General Adult Psychiatry and one team specialising in Rehabilitation Psychiatry. Clinical activity is based in acute care unit, St. Columbas Hospital and in the community – outpatient clinics and day hospital. This is a great opportunity to gain experience in both acute and community care Psychiatry. Trainee will be able to attend local educational activities such as case presentation and journal clubs.

– address:

Balytivnan Road/Pearse Road, Sligo, Co. Sligo



Picture: Ben Bulben Mountin, Co. Sligo

10. Psychiatry of Old Age (SLIGO)

– description:

We offer a placement with the team of Old Age Psychiatry. This team is coordinated by Dr Geraldine McCarthy, Consultant in Psychiatry of Old Age, Dean of Medicine. Activity is highly community based with a multidisciplinary approach: day hospital (Liscarney House), domiciliary visits in the company of a Community Mental Health Nurses, several outpatient clinics, liaison Psychiatry –collaboration with Sligo Regional Hospital. The placement offers a great opportunity to get familiarised with the psychiatric management of the elderly patients.

The team is highly supportive of research activities. Doctors and nurses have scientific articles published every year and grant winning research papers.

– address:

Balytivnan Road/Pearse Road, Sligo, Co. Sligo

Travel information


Visa is not required for EU and EEA nationals. Nationals of a number of countries do not require a visa to travel to Ireland for less than 90 days. Please check or the nearest Irish Embassy.

– Travel and health insurance needed: highly recommended.
Most European nationals can also issue European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
for emergency medical treatment during limited period of travel in EU countries.
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Unlike some other European countries, hospitals in Ireland don’t offer accommodation for doctors. The cost of rent especially in Dublin is relatively high as compared with some other European countries and we strongly recommend that you plan well in advance and research on information in relation to accommodation before coming to Ireland.
Youth hostels in Ireland tend to be well equipped and central. is the website for the Irish hostel network.
Few websites has a service for short term lets/sublets, which may also be a possibility for those trainees coming to Ireland for several weeks:,,, will look at short term apartments as well as hotels, several other travel websites such as,
Local coordinators will give you some advise and tips when searching for accommodation.

  1. Useful websites + miscellaneous

5.1 Weather:

5.2 Tourist information:

5.2.1 General

5.2.2. Dublin

5.2.3 Galway

5.2.4 Sligo

5.3 Rent:

5.3.1 Dublin–Ireland

5.3.2 Galway

5.3.3 Sligo


– National Coordinator:

Dr. Emam El-Higaya :  emam.higaya @

– Local coordinators:

  1. Dublin : Dr Cornelia Carey, email: corneliacarey1 @
  2. Dublin (St. Patrick’s): Dr Ana Varjacic, email : ana-va @
  3. Galway : Dr Emam El-Higaya, emam.higaya @
  4. Sligo: Dr Ignazio Graffeo , email : Ignazio.Graffeo @

– National Trainee organisation website: