In this issue - Ramy Daoud, Editor
After a prolonged hiatus, the
South West Division Newsletter is back!
The NHS is facing troubled and confusing times
ahead. How will we - consultants, SAS doctors, trainees—cope? Iain
Tulley, Chief Executive of the Devon Partnership NHS Trust, is very
well placed to shed light on the direction things are moving toward
(Hint: it ends well!).
When I started attending the Executive
Committee meetings, I had no idea who was doing what—and I am the
editor of the newsletter. In this issue, and ones to come, there
are articles from members of the executive committee that will
elucidate the inner workings of the Royal College. The different
members of the committee are meant to represent the wide interests
of the entire body of psychiatrists in the region, and that
includes you! I welcome any submissions, letters, responses, or if
you just have something interesting you would like to share, you
can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Laugharne, research lead in Cornwall,
updates us on the state of play of research in the region. If
anyone is interested in further information or would like to get
involved, please get in touch with me. I am also delighted to
include a piece by Kaelan Bhate
who shares his thoughts about his career choices, as well as the
image of psychiatrists—off with their beards!
There is a lot of very useful and up to date
information about the activities of the division on the website.
Note, especially, that you can now book online for the
biannual meeting, and the list of excellent
courses and training provided by the division.
The newsletter will be issued quarterly, and
the next one will be in July. Of course, in the event that I am
overwhelmed by submissions, a special issue may come your way in