Research Article

Psychiatric training: the consultants' view.

Br Med J 1977; 1 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.1.6061.622 (Published 05 March 1977) Cite this as: Br Med J 1977;1:622
  1. P Brook

    Abstract

    All consultants in general psychiatry appointed between 1 October 1972 and 30 September 1975 were sent a questionnaire asking about their training experience in various aspects of psychiatric practice. The results showed that the standards of training in 13 areas of psychiatry were generally poor, although psychiatrists who had trained at the Maudsley Hospital had generally had better training than those who had worked in psychiatric hospitals. Perhaps the most alarming feature was the general lack of improvement over the past nine years. It will be several years before the effects of the visist of approval made by the Royal College of Psychiatrists can be seen and assessed. Meanwhile, the demands for a fairer share of experience for all trainees can perhaps be met by introducing rotational programmes that include both teaching and psychiatric hospitals.