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Congratulations Dinesh!

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Congratulations to our immediate Past-President, Professor Dinesh Bhugra, who - as many of you will have seen - was awarded a CBE in the New Year's Honours list for services to psychiatry. This honour not only recognises the major positive impact that Dinesh has made in the field of mental health, but gives a voice to the 1 in 4 of us who will suffer from mental health problems over our lifetimes.

Dinesh will be a familiar face to many of you, having been active within the College since 1985. He chaired the Collegiate Trainees Committee (1987); the Overseas Doctors Training Committee (1996-2007); and the Faculty of General and Community Psychiatry (1997-2001). He was Dean from 2003 to 2007, and President from 2008 to 2011. And earlier this year, Dinesh became President Elect of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA).

In 2009, Dinesh founded the RCPsych Awards to recognise and reward excellence in psychiatry and mental health. I was delighted to be able to continue this fantastic initiative when I became President, and next week we will be launching the call for entries for the 2012 Awards. We'll need your help in our search for the outstanding teams and individuals who are making a real difference to mental health services.

I'd also like to congratulate child and adolescent psychiatrists Dr Eileen Vizard and Dr Lesley Hewson. Eileen was awarded a CBE for services to young people and Lesley an OBE for services to children. It's good to see child and adolescent psychiatrists being recognised in this way.

Wishing you all a happy New Year.



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