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The students are encouraged to talk to patients and carers and perform basic clinical tasks such as mental state examination and risk assessment.Table 1 summarises the learning outcomes for students during their placement.
The improved placement structure started in October 2015 with the first cohort of medical students coming to their clinical placement after the summer break.
Table 4 gives a summary of the changes implemented.
Using this multidisciplinary model of teaching and supervision helped to overcome many challenges in providing a positive and useful clinical placement to the medical students.
Introduction The Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) launched its five-year Recruitment Strategy in 2011 aiming to achieve a 50% improvement in recruitment to core psychiatry training and a 95% fill rate of posts by the end of the five-year campaign .
This paper reviews the literature on workplace learning and discusses the importance of providing a fruitful and welcoming clinical placement to medical students in Old Age Psychiatry.
It then describes a local scheme to improve medical students placement and how the changes introduced in this scheme helped to enhance learning and satisfaction of the medical students.The Strategy stressed the importance of good clinical placements in psychiatry and recommended that medical students should ideally be placed only with ‘the best teachers and welcoming teams’ avoiding colleagues who are disillusioned with psychiatry or not happy with their jobs.It is therefore essential that psychiatrists and other clinicians play an important role to improve the medical students placement in their workplace in order to give the students a positive expereince of this speciality and hopefully promote it as a future career option.They shadow clinicians in two community teams, two inpatient wards and the Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT) clinic.All of these teams are based at the Julian Hospital in Norwich.Although the paper discusses the students placement in Old Age Psychiatry, it is relevant to all other medical and surgical specialities where busy clinicians face many challenges in providing teaching to medical students.