The feminisation of British neurology: implications for workforce planning.

Camille Carroll, DS Tengah, C Lawthom, G Venables

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-42
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2007


  • part-time working
  • demographics
  • workforce implications
  • female doctors


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