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A model of training for consultancy in psychiatry

  • Ikechukwu Obialo Azuonye (a1)
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In the medical profession a consultant is a doctor who has attained the capacity for totally independent practice, otherwise known as clinical freedom. Consultants differ from other doctors in the important respect that they have full clinical responsibility (BMA, 1984). The work of the consultant may be audited by his peers, with his full participation, but may not be supervised by one (DoH, 1989a). Thus, whereas the consultant is accountable, administratively, to his employers, in the clinical area, he is not accountable to any other doctors or managers: he is accountable to the General Medical Council for his professional conduct, and, with respect to the diagnosis and treatment of illness, to the patients directly, the patients' relatives, and the law of the land.

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British Medical Association (1984) The Consultant Contract (Guidance Document). London: BMA.
Department of Health (1989a) Working for Patients. Working Paper No. 6 (Medical Audit). London: HMSO.
Department of Health (1989b) Working for Patients. Working Paper No.7 (NHS Consultants: Appointments, Contracts and Distinction Awards). London: HMSO.
Department of Health and Social Services Hospital Medical Staffing: Achieving a Balance. July 1986 and March 1988).
House of Commons (1983) Medical Act 1983. London: HMSO.
House of Commons (1982) National Health Service (Appointment of Consultants) Regulations 1982. London: HMSO.
Joint Committee of Higher Psychiatric Training (1985) Handbook. London: The Royal College of Psychiatrists.
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A model of training for consultancy in psychiatry

  • Ikechukwu Obialo Azuonye (a1)
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