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

UEMS meeting

Today I’m in Naples at for the annual meeting of the Council of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS).  It’s raining, so I feel at home!

The delegation from the UK includes representation from the BMA in the form of consultant psychiatrist Dr Ed Borman and the BMA’s international affairs policy lead. I am attending on behalf of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, supported by the policy lead from the Royal College of Surgeons.

I’ve been actively involved in the UEMS for the last six years, in my role as vice-president of the EUMS section and board of child and adolescent psychiatry. I know that enthusiasm for collaborative initiatives across medicine in Europe can be variable. But I believe RCPsych members should become more enthused. The UEMS is an important body which has now started to deliver a European identity to medicine that reflects the needs of the service users and carers we serve. Key areas of work include:


This is a field where the UEMS has demonstrated a high level of commitment. Work is chaired by Professor Cillian Twomey from Ireland. The working group is looking for volunteers to feed in thoughts and information, and I’m sure we can do this from across our membership. If you are interested, please let me know.


An area where the UEMS will become increasingly important is in continuing medical education/continuing professional development. The working group on CME-CPD is chaired by Dr Ed Borman, who I mentioned above.

Post graduate training

This includes the development of curricula, syllabuses and log books. RCPsych Fellow Dr Brian Jacobs is currently leading a group of child psychiatrists on a new curriculum, following a successful log book (2006) used across CAHMS in Europe.

There is also a host of other work around exporting the model of being a good doctor, the migration of doctors and regulation of the market, and representing the views of the UEMS to other organisations.

Finally, thanks to all of you who have responded (or are going to respond) to our short survey on the Health & Social Care Bill. I really appreciate you sharing your views – especially the very direct comments about how the college needs to engage more with members and represent their views more assertively.


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