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St John of God Hospital

SJOG Hospital
Dr Alan Murtagh
St John of God Hospital
Stillorgan, Co. Dublin



01 2771467


General Information

St John of God Hospital is an acute psychiatric Hospital that provides inpatient and outpatient assessment and treatment for adults and also has a specialist unit for young people between the ages of 12 and 18.  As well as general psychiatric assessment the Hospital provides specialist care for addictions and gambling, psychosis, eating disorders and stress related disorders.  It has a dedicated Psychiatry of Later Life service and a specialist Adolescent service which was the first purpose built unit in the country.  The Hospital is a teaching site for St Vincent’s University Hospital and a number of Consultant staff hold Senior Clinical Academic appointments at University College Dublin.

The Hospital takes referrals from the country as a whole.  There is a fully operational computerised patient record system in operation known as the MHIS - Mental Health Information System.

The Hospital is accredited by the College of Psychiatry in Ireland and the Mental Health Commission.

All care is delivered through multi-disciplinary teams.  Full on site induction is provided for all staff at commencement of placement. 

Educational Objectives:

1. To develop skills in clinical assessment, the use of psychological treatments and psychopharmacological treatments in general adult and specialist psychiatry as outlined above.

2. To develop skills in accurate case formulation and diagnosis in acute psychiatric setting.

3. To participate in Multi-disciplinary care planning and team working to include pharmacy.

4. To gain experience working with a computerised patient record system

5. To gain an understanding of the provisions of the Mental Health Act 2001. 

6. To participate in weekly supervision.

7. To gain experience in teaching medical students.

8. To gain experience in audit and research.


There is protected time to attend an academic session each week attended by St John of God Hospital and Cluain Mhuire medical staff and other disciplines and this includes a case conference, critical journal review and guest speaker or debate.  Teaching is formatted to follow the curriculum for the examinations.   Training in audit and the Mental Health Act 2001 is included.

The Hospital piloted Workplace Based Assessments for the College of Psychiatry of Ireland and provides this for trainees at present.  Regular examinations preparation is provided on site both OSCE and CASC training and mock examinations. 

Trainees participate in medical student training and have other opportunities to teach patients and the public.

There is a well stocked Library on site with extended opening through the week and all trainees have access to literature searches and journals through the Hospital IT facilities.


There are opportunities for trainees at all levels to become involved in a variety of collaborative research projects both in the Hospital and through DETECT.  There is an extensive research infra-structure with links to St Vincent’s University Hospital, UCD and the St. John Of God Research Department which provides regular training and workshops on topics such as How to write a research proposal to How to get published.  Statistical support is also available on site.


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