Academic programmes are mandatory in child psychiatry specialist registrar training. A postal questionnaire survey was undertaken to explore the views of specialist registrars and academic programme coordinators identified nationally with regard to their local academic programme.
Sixty per cent of specialist registrars (152 out of 253) and 90% of coordinators (17 out of 19) responded. All schemes offered an academic programme with protected time. Teaching methods were diverse, and satisfaction varied within and between schemes, with trainees reporting greater satisfaction associated with active involvement of coordinators.
The authors provide recommendations for local planning of academic programmes. The authors request the assistance of CAPSAC in standardising the appointment and training of coordinators and facilitating their release from clinical commitments.
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