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the February 2014 CPD Online eNewsletter
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Dr Suhaib Bin Bilal Hafi, CPD Online Trainee
As a senior trainee in psychiatry I easily
forget that the proliferation of functional subspecialisation in
psychiatry is a relatively new phenomenon. It has principally been
brought about through the widespread adoption of functional models
of care leading to ever more specialised job descriptions. Senior
colleagues reflect that not long ago they were expected to care for
the same patients across a wide variety of settings, from community
through outpatient to inpatient. Clearly there are advantages to
subspecialisation, such as directed expertise, focusing of
resources and clinicians being able to pursue a subspecialty of
particular interest. However, many colleagues share at least some
feelings of unease that, in this drive for specialisation,
something beyond mere continuity of care is being lost.
One particular disadvantage of
subspecialisation is the challenge to maintain an understanding of
developments across the whole range of psychiatry and thus preserve
access to a general perspective. Increasing pressure to
subspecialise can easily affect our continuous professional
development. We risk, eventually, knowing everything about one
subject and nothing about anything else.
Here at CPD Online, we celebrate both
specialist and generalist perspectives, providing learning in
general areas of psychiatry as well as the different
subspecialities. CPD Online encourages psychiatrists of the modern
era to continuously develop their understanding of the broad
variety of disciplines they originally trained in, to maintain an
up-to-date, general perspective. For example, the new module on
Psychiatric intensive care should be of interest to all senior
clinicians in mental health. The more our understanding of
treatment and care across the board remains up to date, the greater
a sense of continuity of care we can offer our patients, and the
more effective and satisfying our practice will
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with Dr Raj Persaud about the prison population, their psychology,
and potential alternatives to prison.
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