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Understanding the Requirements for Working as a Psychiatrist in Ireland


If you're a psychiatrist looking to practice in Ireland, there are certain requirements you need to meet. These requirements are necessary to ensure that you're qualified, licensed and registered as a psychiatrist with the Irish Medical Council, and can provide quality healthcare services. In this article, we'll take a closer look at these requirements and what they entail.

Education and Training


To work as a psychiatrist in Ireland, you must have completed an undergraduate degree in medicine from a recognized university or college. After completing your undergraduate degree, you'll need to undertake specialist training in psychiatry which usually lasts between five to six years. During your training, you'll gain practical experience in diagnosing patients with different mental health conditions and treating them using various therapeutic interventions.

In addition to formal education and training, continuing professional development (CPD) is important for maintaining your skills and knowledge current. The Irish Medical Council requires all psychiatrists to complete a minimum of 50 hours of CPD annually.


Registration with the Irish Medical Council


To practice as a psychiatrist in Ireland, you must be registered with the Irish Medical Council (IMC). The IMC is the regulatory body responsible for ensuring that all medical practitioners meet certain standards of competence and professionalism. To register with the IMC, you need to provide evidence of your qualifications, training and experience. You'll also need to undergo an assessment of your clinical skills and knowledge.

Once registered with the IMC, psychiatrists can work as consultants providing specialist mental health services either within the public or private sector. Alternatively, they can work as locum doctors on short-term contracts.


Finding Psychiatry Jobs in Ireland


There are many opportunities for psychiatrists seeking employment in Ireland. Some of these opportunities include working within hospitals or community mental health teams offering various types of care such as acute adult mental health, child and adolescent mental health, forensic psychiatry, and addiction psychiatry. Other opportunities include working in universities as teachers or researchers.

To find psychiatry jobs in Ireland, you can search our vacancies, HSE.ie, and LinkedIn. You can also contact a member of the Locum Express recruitment team who specialize in placing medical professionals in their desired roles.




Working as a psychiatrist in Ireland is a rewarding career that offers many opportunities for personal growth and professional development. However, to work as a psychiatrist here, you'll need to meet certain requirements which include completing an undergraduate degree in medicine from a recognized university or college, specialist training in psychiatry, registration with the Irish Medical Council (IMC), and keeping up with continuing professional development (CPD) requirements. By meeting these requirements and finding suitable employment opportunities, you can pursue your passion for psychiatry while making a real difference to people's lives.


For more information on any of our roles contact a member of our Locum Express team on +353 (0)21 4297901 or email us at info@locumexpress.ie. You can also register online here.