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Trainee attitudes within the Faculty of the Psychiatry of Learning Disability

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2018

Sue Carvill
Affiliation:
West Midlands Rotational Training Scheme, Monyhull Hospital, Monyhull Hall Road, King's Norton, Birmingham B30 3QB
Geoff Marston
Affiliation:
West Midlands Rotational Training Scheme, Monyhull Hospital, Monyhull Hall Road, King's Norton, Birmingham B30 3QB
Sheila Hollins
Affiliation:
St George's Hospital Medical School London
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Abstract

Aims and method

Recruitment of trainees and consultants into psychiatry is a major concern. A questionnaire survey of trainees within the psychiatry of learning disability was conducted to highlight attitudes about training and career issues.

Results

Ninety per cent of trainees decided on a career in learning disability as a result of completing a junior post in this speciality. Forty-three per cent were seeking dual accreditation and nearly half of these were experiencing problems relating to this; 84% expressed fears about becoming a consultant; and 63% felt they needed more advice on how to find a consultant post.

Clinical implications

Increased exposure to learning disability at the basic training grade is required to ensure recruitment. In addition issues related to dual accreditation and anxieties about consultant posts need to be addressed.

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Copyright © 1999 The Royal College of Psychiatrists

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Royal College of Psychiatrists (1998) Higher Specialist Training Handbook (Occasional Paper OP43). London: Royal College of Psychiatrists.Google Scholar
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