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The role of the medical director in mental health

  • Neil Deuchar and Elizabeth Atkinson
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This article sets out the history of medical directorship, outlines the authors' view of the current contribution that medical directors can and should be making to the mental health arena and looks forward to the possibilities of this evolving role. The focus of the article is mainly on English policy and healthcare structures, recognising that these vary in the other jurisdictions of the UK. However, certain principles should be of wider interest and application.

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Elizabeth Atkinson, Royal College of Psychiatrists, 17 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PG, UK. Email: latkinson@rcpsych.ac.uk
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The role of the medical director in mental health

  • Neil Deuchar and Elizabeth Atkinson
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