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

Non-Bill related work

Thursday, 15 March

Whilst we all watch what is happening with the Health and Social Care Bill, I have been trying to get on with the pragmatics of daily life.

Yesterday I met with Dr Ian Starke who chairs the CPD subgroup at the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges. This is a group in which Dr JS Bamrah has been very active and very helpful. I met with Ian because within our respective roles in the UEMS (European Union of Medical Specialists) - supported by the Policy Lead at the Royal College of Surgeons, Simon Edwards - we are beginning to see how we can have a very strong UK voice in the UEMS for both matters of CPD and accreditation of CPD; this is particularly for us, in influencing the future shape of psychiatry in Europe, but also further to help influence the developing curricula across thew hole of medicine.

Later, I met with Professor Vivienne Nathanson and Professor Averil Mansfield, who both play very significant roles in the BMA, particularly with regard to ethics, governance, and the BMA Board of Science work. Again, this is an area that I was introduced to by JS Bamrah, when I advised on a project on child and adolescent mental health some time ago. They have current projects on: transport and health; drugs of dependence, which our Addictions Faculty chair Dr Owen Bowden-Jones is involved in; resilience to extreme events; and one driven by their immediate past-President, Professor Michael Marmot, on the medical and social care of children. This will involve an update of their publication on growing up in Britain, which looks at inequalities in child health, nutrition, childhood injury and abuse, physical, sensory and cognitive disability, emotional and behavioural problems, and fetal origins of adult disease. This clearly has great resonance with all the work we do.

This morning of good working relationships continued in the afternoon, as I went to the Academy of Royal Colleges to discuss the developing curricula that the Royal College of GPs have made. They presented their plans for further training in the specialties, including pediatrics and mental health. We clearly want to support them in this, as this will be one very practical way of integrating primary and secondary care in mental health.


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