Academic journal article East Asian Archives of Psychiatry

Management for Psychiatrists, Fourth Edition

Academic journal article East Asian Archives of Psychiatry

Management for Psychiatrists, Fourth Edition

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Management for Psychiatrists, Fourth Edition Editors: Dinesh Bhugra, Stuart Bell, Alistair Burns RCPsych Publications ?90.00; pp544; ISBN: 978-1909726659

This is the fourth edition of a highly popular book with an updated text about management for both senior and junior psychiatrists. As it is written primarily for psychiatrists working in the UK, a considerable number of chapters in Part I have been devoted to describing the current governance and funding structures of the National Health Service (NHS) of the UK, as well as the development of mental health legislation in different parts of the UK. Although the information provided in these chapters may not be readily applicable to the daily practice of readers working in Asia, the political, governance, and developmental issues of the NHS can provide readers with some food for thought about their own healthcare systems.

Part 2 and Part 3 of the book are extremely useful to any psychiatrist who is undergoing, has recently completed, or is providing psychiatric training. For psychiatrists in training, chapters on the skills of working in a multi-cultural team, clinical audits, and managing patient complaints are particularly useful. For those who have just completed their training and are about to become clinical team leaders, the chapters on running effective meetings, surviving as a junior consultant, and working with the media provide these budding psychiatrists with ready and useful references while assuming their new and hectic but exciting role as a senior doctor. For senior psychiatrists and medical managers, the chapters on medical leadership, understanding systems, change management, and quality governance provide some escapism from their busy clinical and management commitments. …

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