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Chair's Blog - September, 2017

It was a busy month for RCPsych in NI with Belfast hosting almost 300 delegates for the College’s Annual Medical Education Conference. Indeed, it was my pleasure to welcome our new President, Professor Wendy Burn, together with the Dean, Kate Lovett and Treasurer, Jan Falkowski. Overall it was a great success with local members to the fore throughout the event.

My onerous duty of delivering a speech at the conference dinner in Crumlin Road Gaol had given me a few restless nights, but, thankfully (well, judging by the photograph!) it was well-received.

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You will be aware that the College centrally has launched a new recruitment campaign – ‘Choose Psychiatry’.  This was picked-up locally by The Irish News which published a prominent feature on my role in which I emphasised that psychiatry is a fascinating medical specialty. The ‘Choose Psychiatry’ message was prominent too at the NIMDTA Careers Fair later in the month. On 6 September, we hosted an extremely successful Masterclass in Clifton House.

Over fifty members were present to hear Dr Adrian East deliver a talk entitled: ‘Fit for Interview? – Assessing the Mental Health Patient for Police Interview’. While the ‘Research, Audit & Quality Improvement Presentation Day’ on 20 September was another excellent event – further details can be found in the September report. Work on the Draft Code of Practice for the MCA continued and the working group met with Tomas Adell from DoH to consider a range of scenarios – these can be found on the College’s website.

This was followed by a very useful workshop at QUB which discussed how the Code would be used in practice.



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