Due to concerns regarding the reduced exposure of junior trainees to risk assessment, we have examined emergency assessments carried out in Forth Valley, Scotland, during a 4-month period to ascertain the assessor, time of assessment and outcome.
During the 4 months of the audit, an average of 13 emergency psychiatric assessments were carried out by each trainee. The majority of these assessments occurred overnight (81%).
Experience of emergency assessments by trainees was limited and tended to occur during on-call periods when there is little chance for teaching. With this limited exposure, trainees are missing out on valuable experience in emergency risk assessment and management planning.
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