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

Chair's Blog

November 2017

As you can see from the accompanying Report, we continue to work to ensure the voice of psychiatry is heard, and to forge networks and relationships, across a wide range of fronts.  My thanks, once again, to all those members who have attended meetings, responded to consultations and organised events in the past month.

Over in GB, it was great to see our President Wendy Burn and other College officers respond so actively and successfully when it looked as if NHS England was going to retreat on its promises to increase spending on mental health in the light of the budget settlement.  I’m looking forward to Wendy coming to Belfast for the meeting on our Mental Capacity Act on 22 March.  As you can see from this month’s Psychiatric Bulletin editorial, it’s one area where we’re seen to be leading the way. 

It’s unclear as yet what the budget will mean for mental health here in Northern Ireland; in the absence of an Executive, it’s unlikely that we’ll see any big investments or decisions.  You’ll see in the Report the CMO’s has responded to a letter from Lord Crisp about the progress since his Commission’s report into Acute Adult Psychiatric Care - seems very much like a ‘holding’ letter to me.

Having read the delivering together document, I’m a little unclear about where it gives prominence to mental health- I’ll have to read it again more carefully.

In the meantime, I think we should give some thought into developing a strategic view for how we would like to see mental health services develop over the next 5 years and we’re trying to set up 2 strategy days to develop this; we would then be in a stronger position to influence the Minister when we eventually get one. 

Don’t be winding down too early for Christmas – we have an excellent refresher session on Neurology and Neuroscience scheduled for Wednesday 13 December which will, I think, be very valuable learning and CPD.  Please continue to keep an eye on the website and the College emails.   Any comments or suggestions gratefully received.


December 2017

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Dr Gerry Lynch


Dr Gerry Lynch, Chair RCPsychNI


Masterclass - 13 December 2017

A Guide to neurology and Neuroscience - a refresher for Psychiatrists

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RCPsych NI & RQIA - 19 January 2018

Joint Meeting

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