There has been increasing concern in recent years that trainee psychiatrists are not receiving adequate training and are not fully competent in the administration of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). This has led to the publication of guidelines by the Royal College of Psychiatrists recommending measures to improve supervision and tuition. This study compares the results of two surveys, five years apart, exploring levels of supervision, satisfaction with training and confidence in the procedure among trainee psychiatrists on the Royal Free Hospital scheme. The findings are discussed in the light of Improvements to teaching of ECT in the interim. Continuing problems with supervision are highlighted, and the need for organised training is emphasised.
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