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Part-time working in psychiatry in Northern Ireland

  • Caroline Donnelly (a1), Philip McGarry (a2) and Heather Mills (a3)
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Aims and Method

To establish the proportion of psychiatrists in Northern Ireland who currently work part-time and the proportion of those working fulltime who wish to work part-time. A postal questionnaire was forwarded to psychiatrists and repeated 30 months later.

Results

In 2004, only 18.3% of respondents were working part-time, and 26.8% in 2006. A great majority stated their intent was to always work part-time, the most frequent reason being to achieve work–life balance.

Clinical Implications

A significant number of staff working part-time will have implications for the staffing of the service. Policy makers must plan for the adequate provision of part-time working arrangements.

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Part-time working in psychiatry in Northern Ireland

  • Caroline Donnelly (a1), Philip McGarry (a2) and Heather Mills (a3)
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In Support of Part-Time working: not just for Part-time trainees

Sinu Sainulabdeen, ST1 trainee(Psychiatry)
13 September 2008

I read with interest the paper by Donelly et al about part-time working in psychiatry in Northern Ireland in September's edition of Psychiatric Bulletin. As a flexible trainee in the UK, I really do appreciate the opportunity to both study and fulfill my family committments. It is revealing that the part-time trainees in psychiatry inNorthern Ireland surveyed for the paper all wished for a part-time senior post, as did nearly 49% of the full time trainees. These figures, and the experience of trainees like myself, do seem to indicate a real need for part-time Consultant posts and job sharing at Consultant level. ... More

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