This research aimed to explore the trainee perspective on factors affecting recruitment into old age psychiatry higher training in the UK. A qualitative survey was created by the Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry and distributed to current higher trainees in all psychiatric subspecialties. A total of 324 higher trainees responded to the survey, representing a broad demographic range. Thematic analysis was carried out, with sufficient responses to achieve saturation. Key themes included concerns about the future of the specialty, issues with social care, lack of support with patients’ physical health needs, issues with training posts, and workload. The need to improve core trainees’ experience of the specialty was highlighted. Many positive themes arose from the data; however, a number of barriers to recruitment were also identified. The findings have implications for recruitment to the specialty and should be used to inform recruitment strategy moving forward.
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