To train junior hospital doctors more quickly and effectively as envisaged by the Calman reforms, consultants will need to develop their adult education skills. This paper describes a course set up and attended by a mixed group of Warwickshire consultants to improve their understanding of these skills. The course organisation and content is described and the 'learner-centred education' model, educational supervision techniques, giving feedback on performance, goal setting, learning contracts and other topics covered are explained. A 12-month interval questionnaire evaluation by attendants shows that the principles taught in the course were being widely applied a year later. Thus, at a modest cost, consultants can receive a valuable basic training in adult education.
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