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Sue is a Consultant
Child & Adolescent Forensic Psychiatrist in the Forensic
Adolescent Consultation & Treatment Services at Greater
Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.
The focus of her clinical
work and research has been assessing the needs and managing the
risks presented by and to young people who enter the mental health,
social care and youth justice systems nationally and
Sue has been active in the
work of the College for many years. From 2001 to 2005, Sue was
chair of the Child and Adolescent Faculty, and from 2005-2010 she
was Registrar, responsible for shaping mental health policy and
working in partnership with service users and carers.
Sue said: “I am delighted to have been chosen to lead the Royal
College of Psychiatrists over the next three years. My predecessor,
Dinesh Bhugra, has worked hard to promote the role of psychiatrists
as leaders in delivering quality services and ensuring the voice of
psychiatrists is heard at the very highest level. This is something
I aim to continue. In addition, having been a child and adolescent
psychiatrist for 30 years, I hope to speak out for the needs of
young people and families.
“It is vital that services
for people with mental illness are not eroded during this period of
economic restraint. We know that mental illness is associated with
great risk of physical illness, and vice versa. Promoting mental
health can bring great health, social and economic benefits across
all sectors of society.”
Sue’s priorities are to:
Sue succeeds Professor Dinesh
Bhugra, who has been President since 2008. She will soon be posting
regular updates about her work as our President on these pages.
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