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Trainees' attitudes to single and dual training in old age psychiatry

  • Ruth Allen (a1) and Rob Butler (a2)
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AIMS AND METHODS

To undertake a nationwide survey to find out the attitudes of old age specialist registrars (SpRs) towards single and dual training. A questionnaire was sent to all old age SpRs in the UK.

Results

Two-thirds of SpRs were undergoing dual training. Most trainees favoured a flexible system that offers the choice of single or dual accreditation. Many trainees had concerns about single accreditation. Schemes vary in whether they encourage one type of training or another.

Clinical Implications

Training schemes appear to vary unacceptably in their attitudes to training. There needs to be a more consistent approach nationally. Clearer guidance from the College may help.

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This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Shaw, S. (2000) Dual accreditation – what's the point? Old Age Psychiatrist, 18, 2.
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  • EISSN: 1472-1473
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Trainees' attitudes to single and dual training in old age psychiatry

  • Ruth Allen (a1) and Rob Butler (a2)
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