For many trainees, an obstacle into psychiatry is the challenge of an imprecise job design and uncertainty about the psychiatrist's job design across many complex, often ad hoc care situations involving multiple professions and organisations. The UK's National Health Service (NHS) has introduced inductions for trainee psychiatrists geared towards improving that. Are the induction programmes effective? This article presents an analysis of the outcomes (n = 1115) of inductions about the care programme approach, dual diagnosis, carer support, mental health risk assessment, psychological therapy and suicide risk assessment.
Univariate analyses of variance revealed a consistent interaction of care programme approach, dual diagnosis, carer support and psychological therapy inductions. Psychiatrists who attend all four inductions have the best perceptions about their job design, strongest teamwork approach, and highest motivation.
The NHS and hospitals outside the UK should note these results when prioritising inductions for trainee psychiatrists.
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