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

OP85. Alcohol and Other Drugs: Core Medical Competencies

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Published: Jun 2012

Status: current

Number of pages: 16

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The use of alcohol and other drugs is widely recognised as a major public health challenge with wide-reaching social and economic consequences. A special working group has developed a consensus across 13 medical Colleges and Faculties on the core competencies, which it recommends should be incorporated into postgraduate curricula for all doctors, of all specialties. These will help to underpin the attitudes and awareness needed to increase rates of identification and treatment and are a contribution to the wider changes needed to address this major public health challenge.



  • Key recommendations
  • Foreword
  • Working group members
  • Wider stakeholders consulted
  • The need for core medical competencies
  • The project: aims, method and implementation
  • References and further reading
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