About this event

  • Date and time Tue 3 Nov 2020 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Psychiatry

This webinar will provide students and doctors with valuable information about psychiatry, training pathways and possible career prospects in psychiatry. We will provide a forum in which participants will have ample time for interaction, questions and discussion with psychiatrists who are currently undergoing higher training and with consultants from different specialties in psychiatry.

We aim to encourage students and doctors to enter into psychiatry as a career. Speakers will provide crucial up-to-date information on application processes and what is involved in training for a career in this field.

During this webinar you will:

  • Gain an understanding of working in and career pathways psychiatry through interaction with senior trainees and consultants from a variety of backgrounds.
  • Learn how to apply for training posts, how educational programmes in psychiatry are run and how training is provided.
  • Acknowledge how consultant careers in psychiatry develop and how to engage in long term career development through management, academia and clinical psychiatry.   

It will inform and encourage students and doctors who are considering a career in psychiatry as it is key to understanding the career possibilities and pathways for psychiatry on an interactive level.

Join in the conversation online
Follow us on Twitter: @RoySocMed  

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

We would like to thank our sponsor The Royal College of Psychiatrists for their support of this webinar. Please note that the scientific programme and content has not been influenced in any way by the sponsor.


Key speakers

Dr John McAnallen

Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, John Howard Centre, East London NHS Foundation Trust

Speaker's biography

John McAnallen has been a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist in East London since 2007 and an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at Queen Mary University and Barts & London medical school.

He is the Lead East London Educational Supervisor for Higher Trainees in the North & East London Forensic Psychiatry and teaches core psychiatric trainees at Barts as well as coaching student’s professional development. 

John originates from Ireland, schooled in Nigeria and the Republic and Northern Ireland before he settled in London. After studying medicine at University College London he undertook basic training in Psychiatry & then Forensic Psychiatry Higher Training in London and has worked in a wide variety of clinical settings.

Dr Andrew Forrester

Consultant in Forensic Psychiatry, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester

Speaker's biography

Dr Andrew Forrester (BSc(Hons) MBChB MPhil MD(Res) CMgr MCMI FRSA FRCPsych) has worked as a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist for 18 years. 

He is Academic Secretary to the Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry, Royal College of Psychiatrists, and a delegate to the Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry’s Executive Committee. 

His clinical and research work has mainly been within the criminal justice system, including prisons, courts and in police custody. 

He is Editor-in-Chief of the BAFS journal Medicine, Science and the Law and an officer of BAFS, sits on the Executive Council. 

Andrew has published over 100 academic articles in his field and has provided over 600 reports to the Courts, mainly in criminal proceedings. He is a member of the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland, the Society of Expert Witnesses, an honorary member of the World Psychiatric Association, and a trustee of the charity Crime in Mind.

He is also a former chair of the World Psychiatric Association’s international prison mental health task-force, and a former member of the British Medical Association’s Forensic Medicine Committee, NHS England’s Health in Justice Strategic Clinical Network, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Working Group on the Mental Health of Refugees and Asylum Seekers.

Dr Owen O’Sullivan

Fellow in Medical Education, Maudsley Simulation & Specialty Registrar in Forensic Psychiatry, North East London Training Scheme

Speaker's biography

Dr Owen O’Sullivan is a Fellow in Medical Education at Maudsley Simulation (South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust). He is a Specialty Registrar in Forensic Psychiatry (North East London Training Scheme). He has also worked in forensic psychiatry in the Rep. of Ireland where he trained. He holds an MSc in cognitive neuroscience (UCL) and is pursuing an LLM in mental health law (Northumbria University).

Dr Samuel Johnson

Locum Specialty Doctor, General Adult Inpatient and Forensic Outreach Service, Southwest London and St Georges Mental Health Trust

Speaker's biography

Dr Johnson completed his Foundation Training at University Hospital North Midlands, and was a Core Psychiatry Training with Southwest London and St Georges NHS Trust until 2019.  After a career break travelling in the South East Asia for 9 months, he currently works as a Locum Registrar for SWLStG, in General Adult Inpatient and Community Forensic Mental Health Services. He has an interest in Medical History, having intercalated at the Wellcome Trust as an undergraduate and studied at Worshipful Society of Apothecaries (DHMSA).


View the programme here

Welcome and introduction: A career in psychiatry - all you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask

Dr Mary Whittle, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, London

Training in psychiatry: what’s involved and how to get a training post

Dr John McAnallen, Educational Supervisor and Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, East London NHS Foundation Trust

Working as a consultant psychiatrist

Dr Alison Puffett, Consultant in perinatal psychiatry, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

Career progression: Academia and management

In conversation with...
Dr Andrew Forrester, Editor in Chief, Medicine, Science and the Law and Academic Secretary, Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry, Royal College of Psychiatrists
Dr Tehmine Cadinouche, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, East London NHS Foundation Trust

Panel discussion
Comfort break with sponsorship presentation

3:30pm – 3:35pm – Pre-recorded presentation given by The Royal College of Psychiatrists

The experience of training: “The good, the bad and the ugly”

Dr Samuel Johnson, Core Trainee in Psychiatry, St George’s Rotational Training Scheme,
Dr Anushka Dissanayake, Speciality Trainee (ST4) in Psychiatry of Learning Disability, St George’s Rotational Training Scheme,
Dr Laura Patilea, Speciality Trainee (ST6) in Adult & Liaison Psychiatry, St George’s Rotational Training Scheme
Dr Owen O’ Sullivan, Fellow in Medical Education, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Open forum and questions and answers
Presentation of Psychiatry Section Student and Trainee awards
Close of meeting




Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM.

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

Special rates for difficult times 
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s COVID-19 online events are available free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic. 

All webinars will be available for registered delegates 30 days after on Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels. 

Man searching computer

Join the RSM and get free access to digital learning resources

The RSM has an extensive digital learning and online e-resources platform. As a member you'll enjoy free access to a wealth of online  resources, including 5,000 subscription and open access e-journals, 2,000 e-books and 5 key medical databases, to support your clinical decision-making and research.

Become a member