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

New Associate-Registrar for Leadership and Management

Dr Fiona Mason

New Associate-Registrar for Leadership and Management: Dr Fiona Mason

As the new Associate Registrar for Leadership and Management, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I am a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist and Chief Medical Officer at St Andrew’s Healthcare, the largest charitable provider of NHS care. Prior to working at St Andrew’s I was a Consultant at Broadmoor Hospital. I have published on a number of subjects and regularly teach on women’s mental health, and healthcare management.


I was Chair of the Women in Psychiatry Special Interest Group from 2007 – 2011, a member of the Medical Directors Executive Group and a founding member of the Leadership & Management Committee.


Clear, effective actions

I have a hard act to follow; my predecessor, Dr Neil Deuchar, achieved a great deal during his tenure, putting leadership and management at the heart of psychiatric practice.


I plan to continue this work, and will be focusing, with the Committee members, and Special Advisor Michael Hobkirk, on translating the College Strategy into clear, effective actions. I believe that psychiatric leadership is fundamental to services, ensuring safety, clinical effectiveness and improved patient experiences. Psychiatrists need to be deeply involved in service management and development, improving health for all. I believe it essential work across all specialities and will focus on education, networks and comprehensive membership engagement.



I would welcome your thoughts and ideas, and look forward to meeting some of you at the inaugural Faculty of Leadership and Management Conference in October. Please do also contact me via email.




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