In 1996, after working in career-grade posts in psychiatry for over 5 years, the authors began training at Senior House Officer (SHO) level with the intent to sit the MRCPsych and enter higher specialist training. We feel that our experiences of coming late to training may be of interest to other doctors, and in particular we describe our experiences of the transition from non-training to training grades. Currently, career-grade doctors who toil on the unglamorous branchlines of psychiatry face difficulties in transferring to the mainlines because relevant experience gained in these grades is not recognised for MRCPsych. This may act as a deterrent to doctors who might, otherwise, train successfully to consultant level. We propose the use of career portfolios to facilitate movement between training and non-training grades.
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