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Service line management and medical education – uncomfortable bed fellows?

  • Alex Bailey (a1) (a2) and James P. Warner (a1) (a2)
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The current method of delivery of psychiatric training and education in the UK is still almost solely based on the ‘firm’ or consultant-led system. Traditionally, these units have had fairly wide-ranging loci of clinical responsibility, ensuring a broad exposure to mental health conditions for both undergraduate students and psychiatric trainees. However, changes over the past decade, particularly in terms of functional splits within psychiatric services, have led to some limitation of this exposure. Various strategies have been employed by those responsible for educational provision within services, such as assigning trainees and students to in-patient and community ‘pairs' of teams. Although this has had some success, the introduction of more fundamental restructuring of mental health services and the advent of service lines will have even greater and more wide-ranging implications on education. This editorial examines some of these implications and looks at potential solutions to ensure that training is not forgotten in the wave of far-reaching and strategically driven reorganisations occurring within the National Health Service and more globally.

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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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Service line management and medical education – uncomfortable bed fellows?

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