Psychiatry portal

Project summary


The Psychiatry Portal is supplementary to traditional clinical attachments and basic science learning. It has been developed by clinicians, academics, tutors, technical and structural design specialists.

It has been created for undergraduates for new learning and revision but particularly Psychiatry Year 3 and Final Year medical students. It can be used as self directed learning, or as directed work, or as a basis for tutorials.

It is ever-expanding with the next development to be mobile learning. As the project has developed we have become more skilled and realise that there is greater scope - it is a challenge not to get too ambitious as there is always more that you can do….If you had the time and resources.

We have been very fortunate in our advising experts, our contributors - friends, colleagues, professional actors, simulated patients.

Key features


It has an engaging, stimulating, visually attractive, easily navigable, themed interface. It is pithy (our motto is - “Keep it Short and Sexy”), with visual tools - videos, custom built animations, other materials - and minimal text (Don’t tell me - Show me!). It’s flexible enough to suit different students’ needs. For example, a student could view a 2-3 minute clip from the Compendium to support their recent experience with a patient; spend 20 minutes doing a Virtual Case Event, or work through a whole case; use the CCTs to instantly learn more about a patient they have seen or do the quiz as they revise for their exams.

There are four standalone but integrated and complementary elements.

The forum
It creates an opportunity for discussion and structured postings. There have been some really thoughtful, provocative, stimulating and sensitive postings to date.

Core curriculum topics
Figures and concepts are presented in a visual and interactive way. There is a quiz for each component.

The compendium
Students may not have the opportunity to see and understand the range of psychopathology during relatively short attachments but they can view videos with written explanations of symptoms and signs.

The virtual cases Compelling stories that encourage empathy and demonstrate the development, evolution and outcome of a range of psychiatric conditions. Making use of a wide range of resources (e.g. videos, clinical notes extracts, scans, clinical investigations, podcasts). Students drive the case with interactive elements (questions, clinical decisions, links to relevant websites).



  • Dr Paul Hopper
  • Mr Nik Martin
  • Mr Marcus Parry
  • Dr Jennifer Rowden
  • Dr Sunhea Choi
  • Thanks also to the Implementation team

Funding and support


This project is funded by South Central Strategic Health Authority, University of Southampton Medical School and International Virtual Medical School (IViMEDS). Hampshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has provided staff expertise.

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