A questionnaire survey of attitudes to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) was addressed to all 58 non-training grade psychiatrists working in a large teaching community mental health trust. Ninety-three per cent provided responses. Views were sought on the value of various teaching methods, how CPD should be organised, what barriers to participation colleagues encounter and whether CPD should be made mandatory.
These showed strong support for the personal study element of CPD, indicated the range of other teaching modalities used by practitioners including industry supported symposia and found a significant majority in favour of making CPD mandatory. Pressure of time was the main obstacle to participation for most.
The survey provides pointers for the key Issues which are likely to affect the readiness of practitioners to participate in CPD, as well as informing decisions on the type of ongoing educational activity that psychiatrists see as relevant.
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