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Mentoring for newly appointed consultant psychiatrists

  • G. Roberts (a1), B. Moore (a2) and C. Coles (a3)
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The south-west Mentoring Scheme has developed in the context of a general and increasing concern for the health and morale of senior doctors (British Medical Association (BMA), 2000). Their problems are now well described (Allen, 1999; Ghodse et al, 2000), but there is little evidence of effective intervention. The aspirations of the National Service Framework and the NHS Plan will come to nothing if there are not sufficient trained and experienced staff to implement them, and senior staff are increasingly looking forward to early retirement rather than the continued satisfactions of working within the NHS. Recruitment and retention of consultant psychiatrists is the most problematic of all medical specialities, with 14% of posts empty or occupied by locums (Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health, 2000). There is a clear need to find ways of preventing work-related ill health, stress and burn-out among practitioners (Roberts, 1997; Department of Health, 1999: p 115), and to sustain their creative and productive engagement in health care. A demotivated profession cannot be expected to deliver an effective service (McBride & Metcalf, 1995; Appleton et al, 1998) and policy is not a substitute for personnel.

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Mentoring for newly appointed consultant psychiatrists

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