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Trainee psychiatrists' assessment outcomes

  • Michael Tunbridge (a1), David Dickinson (a2) and Pauline Swan (a2)
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Aims and Method

The Record of In-Training Assessment grades of all registrars in the psychiatric specialties in the UK were analysed for each of three successive years, specialty by specialty, and compared with the average outcome for registrars in all disciplines over the same period.

Results

Over 98% of psychiatry registrars were assessed as satisfactory, 1.2% needed targeted training and 0.7% were graded as unsatisfactory, requiring repeat training. Targeted training and repeat training led to a satisfactory outcome in the majority of cases.

Clinical Implications

The process of assessment needs to become more objective, and should do so as the Royal Colleges develop better measures of clinical competence.

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Department of Health (1998) A Guide to Specialist Registrar Training. London: DoH.
General Medical Council (2001) Good Medical Practice. London: GMC.
Tunbridge, M., Dickinson, D. & Swan, P. (2002) Outcomes of specialist registrar assessment. Hospital Medicine, 63, 684687.
Wragg, A., Wade, W., Fuller, F., et al (2003) Assessing the performance of Specialist Registrars. Clinical Medicine, 3, 131134.
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BJPsych Bulletin
  • ISSN: 0955-6036
  • EISSN: 1472-1473
  • URL: /core/journals/bjpsych-bulletin
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Trainee psychiatrists' assessment outcomes

  • Michael Tunbridge (a1), David Dickinson (a2) and Pauline Swan (a2)
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