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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Management for Psychiatrists (4th edn)

Edited by Dinesh Bhugra, Stuart Bell and Alistair Burns

Price: £45.00

Members' discount available

Published: Sep 2016

Format: Paperback

Number of pages: 544

ISBN: 9781909726659

Management for Psychiatrists (4th edn)

This popular title provides a guide to the complex world of management in psychiatric practice. The editors have brought together an impressive group of knowledgeable and well-known authors who write from their direct and current experience in the ever-changing National Health Service.

Topics covered include the various skills necessary for running services, such as management of finances, resources and personnel issues, and topics central to today’s changing scene, such as revalidation, service users’ expectations and clinical governance. The book concludes with a section on personal development, addressing such issues as presentation skills, stress management, mentoring, managing committees and dealing with the media.

This book is essential reading for higher trainees and early career psychiatrists, and also relevant to consultants, other mental health professionals and clinicians involved in the planning and running of mental health services. Chapters can be read as self-contained units for easy referencing.

  • Completely updated and enlarged.
  • A sound practical guide.
  • Written by authors with direct, current experience.

Readership: Specialist trainees in psychiatry, plus useful for new and established consultants.

About the editors:

Prof Dinesh Bhugra – Professor of Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London and is current President of the World Psychiatric Association.

Mr Stuart Bell - Chief Executive Officer of Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Prof Alistair Burns - Professor of Old Age Psychiatry and Vice Dean for the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences at The University of Manchester.

"Given the ever-changing NHS landscape, management and leadership skills are intrinsic within a clinical career.  This is a 'must have' book for all core and specialist psychiatric trainees and new consultants.  For more experienced consultants, it will be an invaluable CPD resource. ...This book is so comprehensive it could potentially serve as the basis for an examination or accreditation as yet to be developed on this indispensable topic."
- British Journal of Psychiatry


Preface to fourth edition

List of contributors


Part I: Theoretical Overview

1.     History and structure of the National Health Service

2.     The politics, funding and resources of the NHS in England

3.     Medical management

4.     Doctors and managers

5.     Resources in the NHS

6.     The development of community care policies in England

7.     Psychiatry management and legislation in Northern Ireland

8.     Mental health services in Scotland

9.     Mental health services in Wales: policy, legislation and governance

10.   The Mental Capacity Act – an update


Part II: Changes and Conflicts 

11.   Medical leadership skills – what is needed to be a successful leader?

12.   Understanding systems

13.   Working with the team

14.   Managing multicultural and multinational teams in healthcare

15.   Management of change

16.   Managing the psychiatrist’s performance

17.   Revalidation for psychiatrists

18.   Quality improvement tools

19.   Quality and quality governance

20.   Measurement of needs

21.   Service users’ expectations

22.   Clinical audit

23.   Confidentiality and management in health care organisations

24.   Patient complaints: every doctor’s business

25.   The mental health review tribunal (tribunals and how to survive them)


Part III: Personal Development

26.   Compassionate care: leading and caring for staff of mental health services and the moral architecture of healthcare organisations

27.   How to manage committees: running effective meetings

28.   Presentation skills

29.   Time management

30.   Developing effective leaders in the NHS

31.   Mental health informatics

32.   Stress, burnout and engagement in mental health services

33.   How to get the job you really want

34.   Surviving as a junior consultant: hit the ground walking

35.   Working with the media – many benefits but some risks

36.   Consultant mentoring and mentoring consultants



Praise for the third edition:

 "Overall, this book gives a helpful overview of the current state of mental health services for all senior clinicians.  Although the title suggests that the book is targeted at psychiatrists, in my opinion the contents would be useful to any senior clinician who has some involvement in running or planning the delivery of mental health services."
- Journal of Mental Health

"This is a useful work. I can think of no other introduction to management for psychiatrists that is so wide in its scope. ...For the final-year trainee, the consultant new to management or the 'old hand' wanting to brush up on areas that have changed in the past few years, it is a welcome and useful 'bench-book'."
- The British Journal of Psychiatry

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