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

OP38. Annual Census of Psychiatric Staffing 1996

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Published: Aug 1997

Status: current

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This census of psychiatric staffing, as at 30 September 1996, is the fifth annual census undertaken by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The information we are gaining from our annual census is now providing useful accumulative and comparative data year on year and the census material continues to prove valuable in our negotiations with the Department of Health on workforce planning matters. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, there continues to be some missing data (there are six trusts for whom the 1995 data has had to be used in this census) and we are much later in the publication of this census than we would like to be. Some of the changes which we intend to introduce for the 1997 census are intended to ensure that we can produce complete data at an earlier date for next year.
The census again provides a summary of psychiatric staffing covering England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Information is collected via the College's regional advisory structure and is, therefore, independent of the data provided by the DoH.
The new census continues to show the pattern of previous years which is to confirm a marked shortfall in Consultant recruitment. As shown last year there is an increase in the number of Consultant vacancies but also an increase in the number of Consultants in post. This reflects the fact that there is a widely recognised need for Consultant staffing to expand but we continue to be unable to provide enough qualified applicants for Consultant posts.
Clearly, we need more Specialist Registrars in order to produce an increase in trained applicants and the census data is essential information required in our negotiations for adequate numbers of Specialist Registrar posts.
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