The feminisation of British neurology: implications for workforce planning

C. Carroll, D. P. Tengah, C. Lawthom, G. Venables
2007 Clinical medicine (London)  
As in other hospital specialties, an increasing proportion of neurology trainees are female. To predict the workforce implications it is necessary to determine what life choices future neurologists will make. A questionnaire survey of life choices was administered to neurology consultants and trainees, general medical senior house officers, and medical students. Of the 344 respondents, 3% of specialist registrars (SpRs) and 4.6% of consultants work part time. Eighty-seven per cent of female and
more » ... cent of female and 22% of male junior doctors plan to work part time for, on average, 7.5 and 1.5 years respectively. Thirty percent of consultants also plan to work part time. A number of SpRs (14.3%) and consultants (6%) have taken a career break while 37.5% of SpRs and 18.2% of consultants are planning a career break. The changing demands of both sexes will have a greater impact on the neurology workforce than the increasing proportion of women alone. Increased part-time working will require additional trainees to ensure service requirements are met. Editorial note: As the authors point out the response rates to the questionnaire are low but the importance of the topic is not in doubt. Larger studies are required to validate these findings.
doi:10.7861/clinmedicine.7-4-339 pmid:17882848 fatcat:nouau5h5mjfefem27fyyb7bemm