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The Foundation Programme in psychiatry: a qualitative study into the effects of a foundation placement

  • Ann Boyle (a1), Sophie Davies (a2), Nisha Dogra (a3), Jennifer Perry (a4) and Hannah Fosker (a1)...
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Aims and method

There is a drive to increase the number of psychiatry foundation placements to ensure that training keeps up with the changing health and social care landscape. This qualitative study aimed to explore, by interview, the experiences of 17 doctors who have completed a foundation placement in psychiatry.

Results

The study highlights the benefits of foundation psychiatry placements and some of their positive and negative aspects.

Clinical implications

Those developing foundation placements will need to ensure they are of high quality.

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This is an open-access article published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Correspondence to Jennifer Perry (jenperry@doctors.org.uk)
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The Foundation Programme in psychiatry: a qualitative study into the effects of a foundation placement

  • Ann Boyle (a1), Sophie Davies (a2), Nisha Dogra (a3), Jennifer Perry (a4) and Hannah Fosker (a1)...
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