HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Child health teacher numbers at worrying levels

Concerns over the future of children's health care in the UK are being raised as new research shows the numbers of clinical teachers in this field have dropped dramatically in recent years.

In a five-year period up to April 2003, there has been a 26% reduction in the number of lecturers and a 7.2% fall in clinical academic staff overall working in this area, according to a survey published this week in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.

A team from Leeds General Infirmary's Academic Department of Paediatrics surveyed all 24 university departments of paediatrics where undergraduates are taught which included a postgraduate institute of paediatrics.

The team found, from a full response rate, that there had been 'worrying decline' in numbers. There were now 312.8 established full-time equivalent academic clinical staff at professor, reader, senior lecturer, or lecturer level in the 24 centres 24.35 less than five years before and 28 fewer lecturer posts.

Teaching undergraduate medical students has been a traditional role for paediatricians, both academic and non-academic, and since 1997, there has been a 60% increase in the number of medical students in England at the same time as clinical lecturer numbers have been falling.

The report says: 'There remains serious concern about the future of academic paediatrics in the UK. It is inevitable that with the reduction in number of lecturers and senior lecturers, and the marked increase in students, teaching quality will deteriorate.'

Undergraduate teaching was likely to become increasingly stretched because of the fall in lecturer numbers, it adds, and put pressure on existing lecturers. Their growing workload was likely to put off younger people from deciding to join academic paediatrics, so the problem was likely to get worse over the next five years.

The authors conclude that lecturer numbers should continue to be monitored and recruitment of th
'"/>

Contact: Emma Dickinson
edickinson@bmj.com
44-207-383-6529
BMJ Specialty Journals
20-Apr-2005


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Childhood obesity indicates greater risk of school absenteeism, Penn study reveals
2. Support for Childrens Health and Medicare Protection Act given to House leaders by ACP
3. Childhood sun exposure may lower risk of MS
4. Children and young people show elevated leukaemia rates near nuclear facilities
5. Childrens brain responses predict impact of sleep loss on attention
6. Children with sleep disorder symptoms are more likely to have trouble academically
7. USC and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles both receive grants for stem cell facilities
8. Children with both autism and ADHD often bully, parents say
9. Childrens Hospital and Pitt lead national trial of hypothermia to treat pediatric brain injury
10. Childhood obesity intervention shows promising results
11. A frown or a smile? Children with autism cant discern

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Child health teacher numbers worrying levels

(Date:4/21/2015)... (PRWEB) April 21, 2015 Dr. Zain Kadri, ... released an interesting infographic that takes a close look at ... The new infographic, which appears on both Dr. Kadri’s website ... of Plastic Surgery in the Age of the Selfie.” According ... Beverly Hills to a variety of A-list patients, the ...
(Date:4/21/2015)... Spring and summer are popular seasons to ... for the holidays or simply taking vacations. Deciding what ... can be a difficult choice. Pet-friendly accommodations are gaining ... becoming a more common option. Royal Flush Havanese ... pet-friendly accommodations a positive experience. , 1.) Firstly, it ...
(Date:4/20/2015)... EDINBURGH, Scotland (PRWEB) April 21, 2015 When ... fatigue syndrome (CFS), she felt as if nothing could ... Health Service estimates that 250,000 U.K. citizens are currently living ... to take action. Her new book, “ Living a Life ... Mind, Body, Home, and Environment. Create a Happier, Healthier Life ...
(Date:4/20/2015)... 21, 2015 Is it possible to create ... relevant to the local needs of the providers, payers and ... was embraced over the past year by the Hutchinson Institute ... Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington. , In a new ... The American Journal of Managed Care, HICOR Director Scott ...
(Date:4/20/2015)... CT (PRWEB) April 20, 2015 Global ... Lyme” Gala, held last Saturday at the Hyatt Regency ... a cure for Lyme and other debilitating tick-borne diseases. ... volunteers, donors, friends and families who made this year’s ... “Their dedication to advancing research and education initiatives to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Expert Dr. Zain Kadri Releases Thought-Provoking New Infographic 2Health News:Royal Flush Havanese Announces 5 Tips for a Successful Stay in Pet-Friendly Accommodations 2Health News:Royal Flush Havanese Announces 5 Tips for a Successful Stay in Pet-Friendly Accommodations 3Health News:Royal Flush Havanese Announces 5 Tips for a Successful Stay in Pet-Friendly Accommodations 4Health News:New book by Faith Canter offers guide to banishing toxins 2Health News:Creating Value Metrics in Cancer Care From the Bottom Up 2Health News:Creating Value Metrics in Cancer Care From the Bottom Up 3Health News:Global Lyme Alliance's “Time for Lyme” Gala Raises Over $850,000 for Tick-Borne Disease Research 2Health News:Global Lyme Alliance's “Time for Lyme” Gala Raises Over $850,000 for Tick-Borne Disease Research 3
(Date:4/20/2015)... --  Precision Image Analysis (PIA) is sponsoring a ... cardiovascular imaging and post-processing. Scott D. Flamm , ... Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) will be presenting this ... by providing broader access to Cardiac MRI (CMR). ... understand appropriate use of CMR, the strengths of CMR ...
(Date:4/20/2015)... FRANCISCO , April 20, 2015  SillaJen, ... the development of oncolytic immunotherapy products for cancer, ... research at the Annual Meeting of the American ... of a murine adapted version of its lead ... Pexa-Vec is an oncolytic immunotherapy designed to ...
(Date:4/20/2015)... 2015 The global orthopedic braces ... concerned global with analysis and forecast of revenue. This ... estimated to reach $4,918.7 million by 2019, at a ... Browse through the TOC of global orthopedic braces & ... industry trends and segments, with help of various tables ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Educational Webinar Teaches Improved Patient Management Through Broader Access to Cardiac MRI 2SillaJen Presents Data Demonstrating Pexa-Vec Synergy with Angiogenesis Inhibitors: A Collaboration with University of California, San Francisco 2SillaJen Presents Data Demonstrating Pexa-Vec Synergy with Angiogenesis Inhibitors: A Collaboration with University of California, San Francisco 3Global Orthopedic Braces & Support System Market is Expected to Reach $4,918.7 Million by 2019, at a CAGR of 4.4% from 2014 to 2019 2Global Orthopedic Braces & Support System Market is Expected to Reach $4,918.7 Million by 2019, at a CAGR of 4.4% from 2014 to 2019 3
Cached News: