The use of the Royal College of Psychiatrists' trainee's log book was evaluated by a cross-sectional survey of psychiatric trainees and their consultant trainers.
One-quarter of trainees had not received a log book. There was a lack of mutual commitment to using the log book, with fewer than 45% of trainees believing their trainers were committed to its use. There had been little use of the log book beyond the setting of educational objectives. However, concern that trainees would be against using the log book for formative assessment was not observed.
More work needs to be done by the College to promote the use of the log book to both trainees and trainers.
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