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Malaise in psychiatric recruitment and its remedy

  • D. J. Thompson (a1) and A. C. P. Sims (a2)
Abstract
Aims and method

Surveys of career intention among medical students, Membership Examination results and manpower figures are used to examine trends in recruitment to psychiatry over the last 10 years.

Results

Problems of recruitment to psychiatry have increased. Consultant expansion contrasts with a fall in the number of medical students. The increase in the number of career senior house officers and specialist registrars is insufficient to fill existing consultant vacancies notwithstanding new and replacement posts. The popularity of general psychiatry and psychotherapy have declined.

Clinical implications

Proposals include an increase in the number of medical students, the introduction of psychiatry in the pre-registration year, increased specialisation and closer integration of general adult psychiatry with general medicine.

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Malaise in psychiatric recruitment and its remedy

  • D. J. Thompson (a1) and A. C. P. Sims (a2)
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