The Royal College of Psychiatrists is pleased
to announce that Professor
Sir Simon Wessely has been elected as its next President.
The current President, Professor Dame Sue Bailey, remains
in post until June. Professor Wessely will take office at
the College’s Annual General Meeting in London on 26 June
"It is a great honour to be
elected President of our College"
Professor Sir Simon Wessely
Professor Wessely is a consultant liaison psychiatrist at King’s
College Hospital and South London and Maudsley Foundation Trusts.
He is Chair of Psychological Medicine and Vice Dean of the Institute of
Psychiatry, King’s College London. He was knighted in the 2013
New Year Honours for services to military healthcare and
His priorities as President are to:
- Make parity between mental
and physical health a reality.
- Improve the image of
psychiatry and psychiatrists.
- Improve recruitment into
psychiatry and encourage medical students to discover the unique
qualities of psychiatry.
- Ensure excellence in
education, and put high-quality training delivered by psychiatrists
for psychiatrists at the heart of education.
Professor Wessely said: "It is a great honour
to be elected President of our College. I am acutely conscious of
the great responsibility that comes with this – not least the
daunting task of continuing the achievements of my predecessors. I
also wish to give my thanks to my fellow candidate, Dr Laurence
Mynors-Wallis, who ensured that this election proceeded in a mature
and collegiate manner. I look forward to working with him and all
the College officers and staff for the benefit of our
Professor Bailey said: "I am delighted to announce that
Professor Sir Simon Wessely is President-Elect. Simon is
an extremely talented academic and a marvellous ambassador for
psychiatry. The College will benefit enormously from his ability to
speak out on behalf of our profession."
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