Do you want to be Psyched up for Medical School?

An exciting opportunity for medical work experience in a Mental Health Trust.

Gain work experience

You’ll shadow doctors witnessing how they treat physical and mental illnesses as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Discover life as a Doctor

You’ll shadow doctors at all stages of training and get an insight into career pathways and what the job entails.

Learn about mental illness and neuroscience

Meet patients with mental health conditions and the scientists who are working on understanding how the brain works and novel treatments for mental illnesses.

In the Psyched Up for Medical School scheme you will have the opportunity to spend a week shadowing doctors working in a Mental Health Trust. During the week you will spend time with different doctors in different departments as well as some time learning about research and new developments in neuroscience.

What might I do?

You will spend 3 or 4 days of the week attached to doctors of all grades (from first year “Foundation” doctors up to very experienced consultants and Professors of psychiatry).
Observe how these doctors work as a team, assessing patients and managing their physical and mental health conditions.
You might spend time in A&E seeing patients with acute mental illnesses, you might spend some time on a ward, or sitting in a clinic, or doing home visits.
You will see patients with a range of illnesses and from a range of backgrounds.

Spend time with doctors and scientists at the forefront of neuroscience and mental health research and learn how research is carried out and get an insight into current and future developments in the field.

On the final day of the week you will meet the other students on work experience for an opportunity to hear about other psychiatric subspecialties (such as Child and Adolescent psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, Learning Disability psychiatry) and have the opportunity to present an interesting patient to your peers (prize for the best presentation!) and discuss ethical issues you have observed during the week.

After the week there will be an opportunity to remain on the scheme as a Mental Health Ambassador. In this role you may wish to share your experiences of the work experience as a presentation in your school or a community group and perhaps discuss your understanding of Mental Health issues. You may wish to run an event to fundraise for a Mental Health related charity. The options are endless and you will be supported in planning and executing your endeavour.

Why should I do it?


Fantastic opportunity for organised and varied medical work experience and get an understanding of life as a doctor


Unique opportunity to gain insight into Mental Health conditions


Opportunity to practise presentation and debating skills


Support with community engagement and awareness-raising projects


Looks great on a UCAS form!

Am I eligible?

  • You must be aged 17 or over at the time of the work experience
  • You must be going to school and/or living in Oxfordshire or Buckinghamshire at the time of the placement (we are hoping to extend to other areas soon!)*
  • You must be applying to a UK medical school
  • You must have support of your parent and school (if aged under 18)
  • You must be available at the time of the placements (currently October and February half-term and the first week of the Summer Holidays).
  • The scheme is free to applicants and places are awarded based on the quality of personal statement in the application form.

What is Psychiatry?

Psychiatry is a medical specialty many students applying to medical school will know little about. We hope that the scheme introduces students to psychiatry before medical school to better inform them of possible career choices after medical school. For more information about a career in psychiatry click here.

Want to find out more?

*If the scheme is not yet available in your area we would advise contacting your local Trust’s Human Resources department to enquire as to the feasibility of a work experience placement.



Supported by The Royal College of Psychiatrists (