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

RCPsych book scoops first prize in BMA awards

Embargoed until 17 September 2010

Primary Care Mental Health, published by RCPsych Publications, has bagged first prize in the Primary Health Care category of the BMA Medical Book Awards 2010.

The book, edited by Linda Gask, Helen Lester, Tony Kendrick and Robert Peveler, was published in October 2009. In the book, a host of internationally-respected authors explore how practitioners in primary care can best respond to psychiatric presentations. They discuss ways of improving joint working between primary and secondary care, as well as issues affecting the professional development of all practitioners within primary care teams.

The book’s reviewer commented: “This is a source of informed practical advice on a wide variety of mental health issues encountered in primary care.”

BMA Book Awards 2010

Professor Helen Lester (pictured on the left) was presented with the award by Professor Averil Mansfield, Immediate Past President of the BMA and Chairman of the BMA Board of Science, at a prestigious awards ceremony at BMA House in London on 14 September.

Dave Jago, Director of Publications and Website at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: “On behalf of the College I would like to congratulate all the authors and editors of this book. Winning first prize is a wonderful endorsement for the book, and brings it the recognition it so richly deserves.”

Primary Care Mental Health is priced at £35 and is available to buy from the RCPsych website.

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