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The simulated mental health review tribunal – a valuable training tool for senior house officers?

  • Asim Naeem (a1), Bhanu Gupta (a2), Joan Rutherford (a2), Audrey Gachen (a3) and Sarah Roberts (a4)...
Abstract
Aims and Method

Psychiatric senior house officers currently receive little formal training in how to give testimony at mental health review tribunals. The development of a simulated tribunal workshop for trainees, which is group-based, interactive and experiential in nature, with meaningful user and carer input is described.

Results

We have incorporated simulated mental health review tribunal workshops into our academic programme and these have been successfully evaluated. Feedback has shown a marked increase in the confidence levels of trainees regarding tribunals.

Clinical Implications

The new Mental Health Act (England and Wales) is likely to place increasing demands on psychiatrists, in terms of giving testimony at mental health review tribunals. Simulated training for senior house officers, incorporating user and carer perspectives, can improve their skills and confidence in presenting at actual tribunals.

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The simulated mental health review tribunal – a valuable training tool for senior house officers?

  • Asim Naeem (a1), Bhanu Gupta (a2), Joan Rutherford (a2), Audrey Gachen (a3) and Sarah Roberts (a4)...
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