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Trainees need more psychiatric teaching sessions and role models: exposure to psychiatry in the Foundation Programme

  • Adam Moreton (a1) and Andrew Collier (a2)
Abstract
Aims and method

To determine the provision of teaching in psychiatry for foundation doctors up to the point of making specialty applications. Data for the cohort of foundation doctors entering training in 2010 were collected from teaching programmes across the Mersey Deanery and North Western Foundation Schools.

Results

In the 17 hospitals that provided data, ‘protected teaching’ totalled 2354 h; 1.8% of time was dedicated to psychiatry, with 4 hospitals providing no teaching on mental health topics. The mean duration of psychiatry teaching was higher in university teaching hospitals (3 h 34 min) than district general hospitals (2 h 57 min); and almost a quarter of teaching sessions were titled only ‘psychiatry’.

Clinical implications

For many foundation doctors their only experience of psychiatry will be through teaching sessions, and this is potentially the only time to change opinions and build interest in the specialty. Psychiatrists need to take a more active role in the provision of high-quality teaching for foundation doctors and become the visible role models which are currently lacking.

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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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Adam Moreton (a.moreton@doctors.org.uk)
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Declaration of interest

A.M. was the BMA Junior Doctors Committee representative to the UK Foundation Programme Board and Foundation School Directors' Committee during 2011–2012.

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Trainees need more psychiatric teaching sessions and role models: exposure to psychiatry in the Foundation Programme

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