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 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.
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Aug 2007|
- part-time working
- workforce implications
- female doctors