Improving recruitment to psychiatry concerns
all of us who have an interest in the future of the
profession. Turning things around requires action on many
fronts, and it is certainly taking up a lot of my time. For
example, I am continuing my World Tour (OK, it's only a UK
tour, but World Tour sounds better) of every medical school to talk
to the students/Psych Socs – if I haven’t darkened the doors of
your local medical school yet, please let me know.
We are actively working to counter the various
misperceptions about psychiatry that deter people from pursuing a
career – such as that our patients never get better, or that
psychiatry isn’t scientific. Our patients do get better, and
we are as scientific as any other discipline (people confuse being
technological, which generally is not a strength of psychiatry,
with being scientific – they are not the same).
And I know I go on about this, but definitely
don’t look away now, but the single most important thing happening,
that if managed well, will indeed turn around recruitment, remains
the huge changes in the Foundation Year programme, as we move from
a situation in which no Foundation Year doctors do psychiatry, to
one in which half will.
Anyway, here is a
little aide memoire from Tom Brown, who has been flying the
flag of improving recruitment for us, which lists the various
things that all of us can do, wherever we are, and whatever our
role in psychiatry is.
Take a read. And if you are not doingg
any of these, well, you should be. There is still time to make a
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