This paper considers the possible longer-term consultant manpower requirements in England and Wales for general or ‘mainstream’ psychiatry, its special interests, the psychiatry of old age and the dependencies, as well as for the specialties of psychotherapy and forensic psychiatry. It is based on papers prepared by the College (see References) and discussions with the Department of Health and Social Security. Consideration is also given to the training implications of these consultant manpower requirements. It discusses the possibility for growth in the special interests and specialties in the context of the number of consultants in adult psychiatry likely to be available. The psychiatric specialties of child psychiatry and mental handicap are not considered.
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