Clinicians, in particular consultants, are and always have been operational managers (Kennedy, 1989). Senior registrars also exercise considerable day to day management responsibility, often without any formal training (Hindle, 1990). Attitudes to management training have changed rapidly over the last five years from the “support” offered by the College Working Party (1985) to an “intrinsic part of psychiatric training” (CTC Working Party Report, 1990). Constantly increasing expectations of the clinicians' management role have led to an increasing recognition of the need for clinicians to develop specific management skills and have resulted in rapid expansion of training available. A further survey examining the extent training needs are currently being met is therefore justified.
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