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by Dr Michael
Published: June 2015
Consultant psychiatrists are expected to
manage their working day and make the best use of available
resources within continually changing systems (Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2010). They
must demonstrate flexibility, decisiveness and a high level of
organisation, as well as acting as positive role models to
those around them. They often work long hours and are
vulnerable to stress and burnout.
It is frequently claimed that successful
time management can reduce stress and improve personal efficiency,
service delivery and patient care. Unfortunately, time management
publications tend to read as long lists of suggestions by those who
have tried a few approaches and want to be helpful rather than
scientific analyses of various techniques in a range of clinical
This module considers the key theories
and models of time management and provides practical
strategies to plan and prioritise effectively. It is aimed at
psychiatrists in all specialties and readers are encouraged to
increase their self-awareness and adapt their time management
approaches to their unique circumstances.
In this module you will learn about:
This is the second of a series of modules covering
the key concepts of leadership and management. See also:
Leadership and management series: Part 1 –
an introduction to leadership and management for
psychiatrists and Leadership and
management series: Part 3 – pragmatic leadership in teams and
You may also wish to refer to the
Leadership and Management pages on the Royal College of
Psychiatrists' website for further information.
If you like this module, you may also be
Organisation theory: conceptual frameworks in a
changing context: CCQI module 3 by Professor David Crowther and
Dr Miriam Green
Probity in professional practice: Part
1 by Dr Ashok Patel and Dr Haider Malik
Book from RCPsych Publications:
Management for Psychiatrists (4th edition)
RCPsych College Reports:
OP74. Role of the Consultant Psychiatrist: Leadership and
excellence in mental health services
OP80. Leadership and Management Study Guide
take-home notes to print and