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You can continue to support people with mental health issues after
you have gone by leaving a legacy to the College. We know that your
family and friends will be recognised first in your will but you
can also include your favourite charities ensuring that your
support lives on.
Making a will is the only way that you can
ensure that your friends, family and charities receive what you
want them to.
One example of a successful project funded by a legacy:
“I was appointed as
the Royal College of Psychiatrists Sustainability Fellow in August
2013. This two year post is possible due to a legacy generously
donated to the College. I feel incredibly privileged to have such
an opportunity to contribute to psychiatry as a profession and to
mental health services nationally through this fellowship which is,
I believe, a real example of how providing time and space for a
psychiatrist to study and work can bring significant development
and improvements to mental health practice.
Sustainability in psychiatry is about
ensuring we take a broad approach to understanding both the nature
and impacts of mental health services. As constraints continue to
increase we as a profession need to respond actively to ensure we
can continue to provide high quality mental health care. This
involves thinking innovatively about how we deliver care, ensuring
that we provide high value interventions and that we prioritise the
reduction of waste in the system.
In my work in promoting sustainability
I have been involved in speaking to commissioners, the academy of
medical royal colleges, Chief Executives and have presented at
conferences. I am leading the development of a sustainability
network of clinicians that will provide a context for sustainable
improvement at a grass roots level. This fellowship is stretching
me personally and giving me the skills and knowledge needed to lead
change in my career.”
To learn more about Dan’s work
visit his blog
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information about how to leave a legacy.