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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Greatly missed and all change

On a personal note, and as a matter of great sadness, we heard last week that, after living courageously with a grave illness, Raymond Brookes Collins for so long the reasoned supportive and acutely insightful voice of carers, had died.  It was a privilege to have presented him with a President's medal at the International Congress in Liverpool this summer. He was much respected across the whole service user and carer networks, and well beyond mental health.  I will miss his words of wisdom. 

A week in politics: I was sat in a meeting with senior Department of Health civil servants as their phones buzzed with the texts about who would be turning up to work to serve the next day.

I am sure that I am not the only one to be sorry to see that Paul Burstow has gone. The compensation is that Norman Lamb, the new Minister of State,  is a long-standing friend of mental health and the College, and his responsibilities will include mental health, thus elevating its status.

Well I await with interest to see if the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges will be still having a dinner with the Secretary State for Health next Monday. I am currently getting to grips with my role as Vice-Chair of the  Academy and I am looking forwards to leading on the quality agenda where, within the college, there is a great deal of positive activity.

On Wednesday, I took a break in the afternoon as I was lucky enough to have bought tickets for the Paraolympics. The whole experience was brilliant and the athletes inspirational.  

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