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The Role of the Consultant Psychiatrist in Mental Handicap: A Personal View

  • Caroline Marriott (a1)
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Since taking the decision to pursue a career in mental handicap, I have been increasingly aware of the debate surrounding the role of the consultant psychiatrist in this field. Nowhere else in medicine does there seem to be such uncertainty about the continued need for an already established specialty. I believe that one of the major reasons for the continued difficulty in attracting trainees into mental handicap is precisely this uncertainty about its future, which is in no way ameliorated by the College's view that a full time specialist appointment in the psychiatry of mental handicap is not superior to a joint appointment either with adult or child psychiatry.1

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1. Royal College of Psychiatrists (1983) Mental handicap services – the future. Bulletin of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 7, 131134.
2. House of Commons Social Services Committee (1978) Second Report - Community Care Recommendation 78.
3. Department of Health and Social Security (NI) (1978) Services for the Mentally Handicapped in Northern Ireland–Policy and Objectives.
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The Role of the Consultant Psychiatrist in Mental Handicap: A Personal View

  • Caroline Marriott (a1)
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