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Continuing professional development for staff and associate specialist grade doctors: the final frontier?

  • Rahul Rao (a1)
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The staff and associated specialist grade in psychiatry represents a large proportion of the non-consultant career grade workforce in some areas of the UK, with no direct equivalent worldwide. The advent of separate funding for continuing professional development (CPD) in England offers an opportunity to commission bespoke educational resources for a group of doctors who deliver front-line clinical care. This article details the background to the UK staff and associated specialist grade workforce and describes a model of CPD delivery that has attempted to meet training needs, with a view to improving patient care. Also at the heart of this model is the acquisition of consultant-level competencies through personal and professional development.

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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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Rahul Rao (tony.rao@londondeanery.ac.uk)
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R.R. is current Lead Associate Dean for the Frontier Project, COPMeD Lead for staff and associate specialist grade doctors and Associate Dean for staff and associate specialist grade doctors at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

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