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

From Scotland to Ireland

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

The International Congress in Edinburgh was really a great success, followed by a busy, but enjoyable and productive week in Dublin.  This was the first ESCAP Congress hosted by the Irish College of Psychiatrists. Whilst the opening of the Congress was going on, so was a young people's River Dance, but with a modern twist. Outside in the heat, the youth of Dublin jumped from the bridges into the river below - a risk-taking activity which has been carried out across the world by generations of young people when the hot weather sets in.

The conference was excellent and the staff and senior members of the Irish College did a fantastic job. 

Back to London for a packed day at the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges where the 7-day consultant-led report is shaping up well, but cannot be resourced and/or cost neutral.  In the afternoon, we heard from the new chair of NICE, David Haslam.  I have subsequently written to him about our hope that NICE will do an acute mental health care pathway guidance for primary care, A&E mental health and secondary care, and that they will think beyond HTA methodologies.

I then went back to Dublin for UEMS CAP. I am delighted to have been elected as their next President.  I hope to push the Parity agenda, and in particular working with the psychiatry UEMS, I am determined to push the central European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS)  to support us in asking all medical schools across Europe to increase the exposure of medical students to psychiatry. The dilemmas are the same across the whole of Europe, whether in well-resourced countries, or those with sparse resources.  In all European countries, in child psychiatry there is a push towards prevention and in working directly with local communities.

For this week, a complete diversity of meetings are planned.

Meanwhile at home, I became the family mobile sun cream application unit, but of course forgot myself. I sponsored my grandson for his school sports day forgetting that, whilst he has a little way to go in his running technique, he more than makes up for this in sheer determination. So at a pound a lap, say no more, but for a good cause. 


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