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A heartening week

Friday, 18 November 2011

I'm still feeling upbeat after the hugely successful RCPsych Awards ceremony on Tuesday - those of you who attended will know it was a joyful and rightly celebratory event. The talent, skills and dedication of the short-listed individuals and the eventual winners were very heartening.

Equally heartening was being part of the South West Division's Annual Dinner in Bristol last night. It was great to meet new Members and Fellows, young psychiatrists just setting out on their consultant careers, as well as recently-retired members taking on new roles in life. The evening was full of enthusiasm, innovation, hard work, and honest and open dialogue.

Yesterday afternoon, I had a very useful update from Dr Jonathan Richardson about health informatics. It would see at long last that we are now at a turning point, whereby systems are beginning to have real utility in ensuring services can achieve their paramount goal of high quality, safer services for patients and their carers.

Today, I'm back in London for the Quality Network for Community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services National CAMHS Conference, where I'll be giving the keynote address. Tomorrow, I'm looking forward to BPPA-BAPA Annual Conference in Solihull, on the State of the Art of Psychopharmacology.  It is a joint conference between the British Pakistani Psychiatrists Association and British Arab Psychiatric Association, and my talk will be on new visions in working together.

But this evening, I'll be watching Children in Need, and listening to my grandson tell me what outfit he wore at school today and how much money they raised. 



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