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:10/30/2014)... have to be at least 2 years old to ... no official U.S. guidance exists other than the general ... breastfeed for at least the first six months. , ... That,s the question that motivated researchers at the University ... study the eating patterns of American infants at 6 ...
(Date:10/30/2014)... A mathematical model developed by NIH grantees predicts that ... prevent HIV infection via vaginal sex, whereas just two ... via anal sex. This finding helps explain why two ... in women failed to show efficacy. Participants in the ... Truvada and tenofovir (another antiretroviral) for HIV prevention were ...
(Date:10/30/2014)... 30, 2014 Timothy, InstaKNOT’s ... Beach firefighters, showing that you are never too young ... met firefighters Tracey and Carl at the 2013 Santa ... the Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce. Tracey gave Timothy ... letting Timothy wear his real fireman’s hat, and extending ...
(Date:10/30/2014)... Don Allred Insurance, a leading provider of ... North Carolina residents, is excited to announce the Grand ... Mall. The new branch has been up and running ... all facets of the insurance selection process from quote ... Allred couldn’t be happier with the timing of this ...
(Date:10/30/2014)... Five months after their expansion, the AV ... branding and a website to accompany their recent change ... promotion to name partner earlier this year, Hodgkinson Street ... name and better reflect their combined litigation expertise. As ... to implement new branding reflects Hodgkinson Street Mepham’s collaborative ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:What do American babies eat? A lot depends on Mom's socioeconomic background 2Health News:What do American babies eat? A lot depends on Mom's socioeconomic background 3Health News:Model by NIH grantees explains why HIV prevention dosing differs by sex 2Health News:4-year-old InstaKNOT CEO Honors Local Firefighters with Community Support 2Health News:4-year-old InstaKNOT CEO Honors Local Firefighters with Community Support 3Health News:4-year-old InstaKNOT CEO Honors Local Firefighters with Community Support 4Health News:Allred Insurance Satellite Office Grand Opening 2Health News:Hodgkinson Street Mepham Rebrands 2
(Date:10/30/2014)... , Oct. 30, 2014 Today Eli Lilly ... of its long-standing technology transfer program to increase the ... in 2003, the effort included Lilly donating manufacturing technology ... China , India ... South Africa – all MDR-TB ,hot spots., ...
(Date:10/27/2014)... 27, 2014 Research and Markets has ... 2014-2018" report to their offering. H1N1 ... a variant of the swine H1N1 virus, known as H1N1v ... nose, throat, and lungs. H1N1 virus is an RNA virus ... animal species such as humans, swine, birds, seals, and horses. ...
(Date:10/27/2014)... EAST TAUNTON, Mass. , Oct. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ ... the $15 billion global hip and knee replacement device market, ... and knee replacement technology at the American Association of ... the Sheraton Dallas Hotel in Dallas, Texas ... is a Bronze corporate partner of the organization. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Lilly Shares Insights from Decade-Long Technology Transfer Experience 2Lilly Shares Insights from Decade-Long Technology Transfer Experience 3Lilly Shares Insights from Decade-Long Technology Transfer Experience 4Global H1N1 Vaccines Market 2014-2018: Key Vendors are AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis and Sanofi Pasteur 2Global H1N1 Vaccines Market 2014-2018: Key Vendors are AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis and Sanofi Pasteur 3OMNIlife science to Exhibit at American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons 24th Annual Meeting in Dallas November 6-9 2OMNIlife science to Exhibit at American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons 24th Annual Meeting in Dallas November 6-9 3
Cached News: