A number of relevant professional bodies were invited to state their views on the responsibilities of consultant child psychiatrists within multi-disciplinary teams in order to ascertain whether there was any consensus on the issue.
Little consensus or clarity emerged, save for agreement on child psychiatrists' expertise with medical matters. Only medical organisations believed in a notion of the consultant holding ultimate responsibility, although definition of this remained elusive.
Consultants may need to seek clarity about their clinical and legal responsibilities from their employing Trust. However, there are many other dimensions to responsibility which have relevance for the training of child psychiatrists.
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