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Clinic letter training and current practice among paediatric specialist registrars
  1. G Modgil1,
  2. A Baverstock2
  1. 1
    Bristol Children’s Hospital, Bristol, UK
  2. 2
    Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, UK
  1. Correspondence to Gita Modgil, Bristol Children’s Hospital, Bristol, UK; gitamodgil{at}

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The Department of Health (DH) introduced good practice guidelines in 2004,1 recommending that copies of clinic letters should be routinely sent to parents. Our study aimed to ascertain the current practice and training regarding clinic letters among paediatric specialist registrars (SpRs). A pre-piloted structured questionnaire was sent to all South-West core trainees with a response rate of 97% (31/32).

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Only 3% (1/31) of SpRs had received formal training in good clinic letter writing, with 45% (14/31) of SpRs experiencing informal training. Sixteen per cent (5/31) had used the Sheffield Assessment Instrument for Letters tool2 – shown to be an effective means …

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