- Old age psychiatry – Groningen
- Child and Adolescent Psychiatry – Amsterdam
For detailed information see below!
Psychiatric care in The Netherlands is mostly provided by university hospitals and other (community) centres. It has a high level of organisation and follows the professional guidelines on mental health. The psychiatry training show some variation between the different centres, but always complies with the national plan for psychiatry training that includes courses and practice in psychopathology, psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, etc. After a common trunk in general psychiatry during 2,5 years, the following 2 years of the training has to be chosen from the three subspecialties Child and Adolescent, Adult or Old Age Psychiatry.
Old age psychiatry in the University Medical Center Groningen
Healthy ageing is a main topic for the city of Groningen and the University Medical Center, where research, clinical care and education are focused on the ageing process.
The psychiatry department of the University Medical Center in Groningen is one of the largest in The Netherlands, with around 25 trainees and 25 psychiatrists. It offers a variety of psychiatric care from basic mental health care to the most complex psychiatric care, e.g. tertiary referrals. There are 7 wards: 2 for depression, 3 acute wards, 1 for psychotic disorders and 1 for old age psychiatry. Furthermore there are several outpatient teams (such as general, mood and anxiety disorders, psychosis, old age) and some community services. There is a high quality training programme in evidence-based (old age) psychiatry, with trainees working in a wide range of clinical settings. As a visiting trainee you will participate as an observer in the clinical work alongside our staff and trainees. Groningen is a lively university city in the north of the Netherlands.
University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) – Psychiatry department (UCP)
Address: Hanzeplein 1, Groningen, The Netherlands
There is one post available in old age psychiatry. Visiting trainees can get involved in different programmes, such as the outpatient clinic, day care programme and the liaison service. The old age psychiatry has an excellent and intensive collaboration with the old age medicine department (geriatric and neurology). The programme will be personalised as much as possible, according to the wishes and interests of the trainee. If relevant or preferred by the visiting trainee, it might be possible to visit programmes from our other specialised wards in coordination with the preferred ward. Please inform us about any request before your visit. The timetable will be agreed with the local coordinator after liaising with the relevant heads of department and prior to the start of the exchange.
CAP in Amsterdam
In Amsterdam, the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is organised in The Bascule, a specialised hospital which is allied to the University Medical Center (AMC). It has around 25 psychiatrists as well as 16 trainees and interns. The Bascule gives specialized, high quality and multidisciplinary care for the whole spectrum of psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents. It consists of six departments: Emotional disorders (with subdepartments of OCD/Anxiety/Tic, Eating disorders, Depression, Borderline disorder and Unexplained Somatic Symptoms); Complex Conduct Disorders and Forensic Youth Psychiatry, Autism Spectrum & Psychotic Disorders, PTSS & Family Care, Learning Disorders and Regional Care. All departments have wards, out-patient wards and day-care units. The multidisciplinary teams consist of psychiatrists, residents, psychologists, pedagogues, youth care workers and social workers. As a visiting trainee you will participate as an observer in the clinical ward for children together with a resident and join the staff meetings and educational meetings.
Stichting De Bascule, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Rijksstraatweg 145, 1115 AP Duivendrecht.
There is one post available. Visiting trainees can get involved in different programmes, such as one of the wards, outpatient ward and the nightshift of all our clinical departments. The programme will be personalised as much as possible, according to the wishes and interests of the trainee. The timetable will be agreed with the local coordinator after liaising with the relevant heads of department and prior to the start of the exchange.
General Information The Netherlands
January – July and August – December.
The duration of the clinical placement:
- Amsterdam: 2 weeks;
- Groningen: 2 weeks.
You should be a resident in psychiatry training and preferably have experience or a strong interest in Child And Adolescent or Old Age Psychiatry.
Dutch is the working language with patients, but English is widely spoken by staff.
Basic understanding of Dutch is highly preferable. Fluent English is required.
- VISA needed: check with your embassy
- Travel and health insurance: highly recommended.
Amsterdam is easily reachable by train from all the Dutch airports. You can reach Groningen from the Amsterdam airport Schiphol by NS train, from the airport of Eindhoven by a bus + train connection (it works fine, but if you arrive at night you will need to wait until early morning) or from the German airport of Bremen by the frequent and comfortable Public Express bus.
Within the city people usually move around by bicycle (maybe you can borrow one from the place you stay). The bus services are good too.
Amsterdam: there is a possibility for one person to stay with a host. Other good options are AirBnB, Couchsurfing or one of the fabulous Bed and Breakfasts for example in the Jordaan area.
Groningen: For a short duration there might be a possibility to stay with a host. Other possibilities you may consider are the Simplon hostel, Stee in stad, AirBnB or CouchSurfing and see the Groningen websites below.
About Amsterdam: www.iamsterdam.com
About the Netherlands: Wikipedia.
Information about De Bascule Hospital: www.debascule.com (only in dutch).
University Medical Center Groningen and information about Healthy Ageing
Plan your travel by public transport with 9292.nl.
Plan your travel with the main Dutch railway (train) company NS: www.ns.nl.
National coordinator and local coordinator of Amsterdam:
Local coordinator Groningen: Michiel Over
National trainee organisation:
Subvereniging Assistenten Psychiatrie – SAP