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

New initiatives & new members

13 December 2011

It's been a hectic week so far, but there are really good initiatives coming out of work with some items on suicide prevention.

Through the College's Public Health Lead, Professor Kam Bhui, and with support from Dr Jonathan Campion and our Communications department, we are going to seize the initiative around ‘no public health without mental health’. So look out for ‘did you know’ facts on the website next year.

I've also had a constructive meeting with NICE, who will be hopefully telling us more of their new responsibilities, and how we can more readily access their increasing range of up-to-date evidence base.

The undoubted highlight of last week was the New Members Reception on Friday. As I watched all those young doctors, who after hard work and endavour, join the family of the College as new members I suddently realised why I took on the role of President.

We heard great talks by Dr Alice Lomax, Chair of the Psychiatric Trainees Committee – absolutely inspirational – and also the Registrar, Dr Laurence Mynors-Wallis, on the importance of our leadership and management skills. The thing I most enjoyed about the afternoon was the tangible joy and pride of the families of the new members. And we all know that when you sit any exam, it is not just you who sits it - it is the whole of your family. It was really great to meet and talk with the families after the ceremony.



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