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Developing a regional specialist registrar day

  • David J. Ogden (a1)
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Higher specialist training in psychiatry requires the development of a broad range of knowledge and skills in a short space of time. However, a brief national survey of programme directors confirms reports from peers that structured, targeted teaching tends not to continue beyond completion of College Membership examinations. Exceptions to this rule are child and adolescent psychiatry and to a lesser extent psychotherapy, which reflects requirements laid out in the Higher Specialist Training Handbook (Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1998). Specialist registrars must therefore, using limited study time and funding, attempt to acquire knowledge from local and national courses. These, however, are usually aimed at more generic groups: for example, all health service specialist registrars or at consultants for fulfilment of continuing professional development.

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Developing a regional specialist registrar day

  • David J. Ogden (a1)
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SpR Training Day

Vishal Agrawal, Doctor
31 August 2006



Dear Sir,I must congratulate Dr. Ogden and colleagues for successfully organizing and sustaining a SpR Training Day for past two years. Being in a similar position (i.e. been given the responsibility of organizing such a day) in Bart’s & Royal London Rotation over the last year, I think the importance of such a day cannot be doubted.However, the article, I feel fails to highlight the hurdles and roadblocks one faces when organizing such an activity.We as a group decided to have half a training day every month, on same day of the week and at the same venue. Financial support from pharmaceutical companies was not something we sought actively. We did have full backing of our programme directors.The main problems we faced were:1.Not all educational supervisors were keen for their SpRs to go to these meetings on a regular basis.2.As the rotation covers a large geographical area, some SpRs found it difficult to travel to a central venue every month.3.Securing external speakers was not always easy.4.Some members were not comfortable when pharmaceutical companies organized refreshments or sponsored external speakers.In spite of these, as a group we felt that we benefited a lot from these training half days and the general consensus was to continue with them.However, with the changes in training structure imminent, such away days for SpRs seem to be on the verge of extinction. With unified training grade, or run through training (as it is widely known), coming into force from August 2007, SpRs would be more like senior SHOs with special interest and research days under threat. The idea is to have training inbuilt within the work and work place based assessments the order of the day. Therefore, critics would argue against the need of a separate away day for ST4 – ST6 trainees (specialist training grade year4 to year 6 – equivalent to current SpRs). It remains to be seen however, whether training which will be organized for this group will be at par or better than what current SpRs receive in order not only to qualify as a consultant but more importantly function as one. ... More

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Developing a regional specialist registrar day

Furhana K Ibrahim, specialist registrar in Psychiatry
31 August 2006

I read with interest the article by David Ogden (Psychiatric Bulletin, August 2006, 30, 310-312) and reflected on our own region’s experience. We too have run a similar forum for over five years with good success. However of late we seem to be struggling. There are a number of reasons for this including a change in the administration of the forum coinciding with a new wave of trainees. Communication is an ongoing challenge and chasing email addresses a continuous task.

We have found our specialist registrars forum to be an informative and enjoyable day. It is run quarterly and attendance is voluntary; numbers can vary but on average it attracts more than half our colleagues.All specialities are invited. Our speakers are local experts who are not paid and we have sponsorship from alternating pharmaceutical companies to provide lunch and refreshments. These companies have an advertisement stand but do not give presentations or invite speakers.

The aims of our forum are education, peer contact and support and an arena to discuss the success or not, of research projects and special interest sessions. The business meeting has recently been removed from theforum as it was dominated by locality issues and was not relevant to all. Responsibility to organise the days is collective, with two specialist registrars taking on each session and one of them chairing the day. I would encourage others to develop a regional forum as it is invaluable in building relationships and contacts.
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