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

Working better together

Thursday, 19 April

There’s so much going on that it feels like I’m running to stand still this week. Now the Bill is enacted, there is a furious haste to have the right structures in place.

I know some members still don’t feel informed enough about what we as a College are doing to steer the best course through what feels like endless changes and missives that dominate our day-to-day clinical lives. We have a Council meeting next week with important papers about how Faculties and Divisions can better work to inform members, hear and act on your concerns, and support you all in putting your case within your employing organisations as to what will deliver best patient care and influence commissioners. I will also continue to update everyone on our ongoing commissioning work at local, specialist and national level. 

We have recently appointed Dr Ellen Wilkinson as the new Chair of our Revalidation Committee, and yesterday I had a really good discussion with her about the plans she has in mind to ready us all for revalidation. I am also particularly keen to look at how we can better support new consultants in the first five years of their consultant careers, and equally how we can support consultants gradually reducing from full-time work to part-time work as they approach retirement. So there are lots of challenges here for our revalidation group and also for CPD.

I’m attending a joint conference between medical psychotherapy and general practitioners in Manchester tomorrow. So time, hopefully, for mindfulness, kindness and reflection. GPs should be in good humour as they have been successful in their bid to extend GP training to four years. Extended and enhanced training will include a greater focus on mental health, which has to be good for our service users and carers. It will also open up opportunities to learn from each other’s skills sets, which will hopefully lead on to true integrated care. We are meeting with people from the RCGP next week to look at the training and education implications and opportunities.


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