Changes in higher specialist training in the UK have led to a revision of training guidelines in child and adolescent psychiatry. This survey studies trainees' experiences and attitudes in the light of these changes. A questionnaire covering training attitudes and experiences was distributed to all higher specialist trainees in child and adolescent psychiatry via their programme directors.
Eighty-eight per cent of trainees responded. Although most training experiences are well provided, there are gaps in provision in specific areas, including research and teaching. Dissemination of information about aspects of training requires improvement and clearer feedback on training could be given.
The implications for training in child and adolescent psychiatry and higher specialist training in general are discussed.
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