Preparing junior doctors for emergency psychiatric experience: a peer-led teaching programme
The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice
Article publication date: 6 November 2017
Junior doctors rotating through psychiatry often practise in isolated environments with little prior experience in this field. This can cause anxiety amongst doctors, and may potentially lead to patient safety concerns. The paper aims to discuss these issues.
A novel peer-led simulation style teaching session was developed to improve junior doctor knowledge and confidence when working with psychiatry rotations out of hours.
Following successful completion of two iterations of the teaching, junior doctors reported increased confidence, reduced anxiety and a more positive attitude following the session. Facilitators were similarly positive in their feedback, being able to gain formal teaching experience and appraisal.
A novel, inexpensive and easily replicable teaching session is introduced, which can improve junior doctors’ practice and experience when working in psychiatry settings out of hours.
The authors would like to acknowledge the Medical Education Department of Mersey Care NHS Trust and specifically the hard work and administrative support provided by Dawn McLoughlin, Nicola Gurrell, Catrin Davies and Jyoti Amin.
Till, A., Shaw, E.J., Royles, B., Banat, M., Singh, K., Wilson, P. and Vinjamuri, I. (2017), "Preparing junior doctors for emergency psychiatric experience: a peer-led teaching programme", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 12 No. 6, pp. 377-382. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMHTEP-03-2017-0015
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