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

Families celebrate


New Members' reception  
New Members' Reception  


One of my most enjoyable tasks as President is welcoming new trainees into the family of the College.

On Wednesday 3 October about 250 people, including our new trainee members and their families, attended the ceremony held at the Kensington Town Hall in London. Each of the trainees had to pass an entrance examination to secure membership, so the event was all about celebrating their success.  

I was joined by the Dean, Wendy Burn, and Registrar, Laurence Mynors-Wallis, to offer our congratulations and wish them a long and fruitful association with the College.

Listening to the trainees and their families, what struck me was how wonderfully diverse a group of doctors they were, with people from Hungary, Spain, New Zealand and many other countries. I heard of their aspirations to enter the many different specialities a career in psychiatry allows, their creativity outside of the day job, and a wish to innovate in their future roles as leaders at all levels in mental health.

Proud mums, dads, grandparents and children were able to join in and celebrate on a day which, for me, reaffirmed the future for psychiatry and the best possible care for our patients in the future.    

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