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

College success at WPA

Thursday, 22 September 2011

The College enjoyed huge success at the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) elections in Buenos Aires yesterday (21 September). 

I have great pleasure in telling you that Professor Dinesh Bhugra, our immediate Past President, is now the President Elect of the WPA. I am also delighted to let you know that Dr Afzal Javed was elected Secretary General, and Professor Linda Gask was re-elected as as the WPA Zonal Representative for Western Europe.  These are fantastic achievements, and I'm sure you will all join me in offering all three of them our congratulations. 

In standing as a candidate for President of the WPA, Dinesh identified six work intentions. These were:

1. Patient and Carer Empowerment: Patients and their carers must be involved in developing educational and informational materials. I will work tirelessly towards creating partnerships with patients, families and professionals to achieve full access to non-stigmatising services.

2. Service Development and Quality Improvement: My strengths in working with stakeholders and policy makers enable me to develop training and policies on quality improvement. I will ensure the WPA provides guidance and standards which are culturally appropriate and resource relevant.

3. Training and Education: Extensive experience in teaching and training undergraduates and post-graduates enables me to build on improving recruitment and retention into psychiatry. WPA must provide web-based, appropriate learning. I will aim to establish teaching and training hubs to deliver education and training in different regions.

4. Policy Development: I recognise that support in policy development must be the aim of WPA. I strongly believe that we must attain it and will ensure that adequate support is available to societies and individuals. Quality control of services irrespective of the health care system will be an essential step forward. Our patients deserve the best services.

5. Professionalism and the future of the profession: At a time of economic downturn there is a threat to the profession. WPA must emphasise Unique Selling Point of what we do. My publications and writings indicate my commitment to this and I will work to ensure the profession’s voice is heard at the highest levels. This is the key function of the WPA and justifies the existence of the organisation.

6. Transparency/Ethics: As doctors we belong to the noblest profession with the highest ethical standards. I will work towards delivering transparency and high ethical standards within the organisation.

On behalf of the College, I wish Dinesh, Afzal and Linda all the best in their new roles.

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Re: College success at WPA
I am sure you are the best to do this job and deliver the best!!!! All the best guys!!!
Re: College success at WPA
It is a really delightful news. Many congratulations to Professor Bhugra and his winning colleagues for this great achievement.
As members of the college we will make sure that these work intentions will be achieved.
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