Severn Training Programme

  • General Adult Psychiatry
    Including Inpatient and community Recovery, Intensive Team, Eating Disorders, Neuropsychiatry (Burden Institute), Liaison Psychiatry, Addictions, Rehabilitation Psychiatry, Early Intervention (1st episode psychosis), Mother and Baby Unit, Psychotherapy
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Old Age Psychiatry

Mental Health Services across Bristol are based in a wide variety of sites including specialist mental health hospitals, community outpatient centres, integrated departments of the main physical health hospitals and stand-alone specialist tertiary care centres. The city is small enough to be able to travel between these sites within the programme. Visiting trainees will be able to get involved in a variety of the areas listed above, ranging from clinical to academic.  There are local trainee training programmes that the visiting trainee should be able to get involved in also.  The timetable will be agreed in advance by the local coordinator after liaising with the relevant heads of department. However, there should be flexibility within this for the visiting trainee to pick up on opportunities arising during the visit.  The teams and city are known for their friendly welcome!

Unit / hospital: 

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust. The trust covers a wide variety of hospitals and community outpatient centres, together with other specialist services. The main Mental Health hospitals in Bristol are:- Callington Road Hospital (general adult, older adult, rehabilitation)- Southmead Hospital [part of main physical health] (general adult, mother and baby unit)- Blackberry Hill Hospital (forensic, addictions, rehabilitation)

Address, website:

The main Trust website will show an overview of the Trust activities:

To see specific services, access through the following, searching for units in Bristol. You can find addresses for each unit and details on what is offered for patients:


There are a wide variety of opportunities available to visiting trainees and these can be tailored to trainee’s interests.  The main focus would be on shadowing clinical work, being based in a few specialist areas of choosing (blocks of 1-3 weeks).  In addition there are academic programmes that the trainee would be able to attend, Balint groups and the Core Trainee MRCPsych course (if applicable). The city is known for its friendliness, being small enough to travel easily but large enough to have a lively cosmopolitan atmosphere. There will be social activities that they trainee will be invited to join also.


1-4 weeks

Periods available

February July and September- December (but coordination to avoid main holidays and trainee exam periods)


Fluent English

Travel information
  • VISA: check with the embassy
  • Travel and health insurance needed: yes
Public transport

The main bus services can be seen on:

Useful websites
Local exchange coordinator

Hella Buchmann