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


Welcome to rcpsych in northern ireland

Dr Diana Day-Cody


Dr Cody is a consultant psychiatrist in the Western Trust with a particular interest in patients with complex needs and in particular psychoses.  Dr Cody graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1981. She trained in Dublin and later at the Maudsley Hospital in London before taking up a post in Northern Ireland.  In the past she has held medical leadership roles in the Trust and is a strong advocate for clinical leaders. Dr Cody has worked on secondment with the National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS) which provides a service within the NHS for doctors who are experiencing difficulties. She has also worked closely with voluntary organisations and in particular AWARE

Dr Cody will be supported in her new role by Vice Chair, Dr Maria O'Kane.

The RCPsych in NI office was established and launched in September 2003.    

Through the Chair, Dr Diana Day-Cody, RCPsych in Northern Ireland is represented on the College Council. There are also RCPsych in Northern Ireland representatives on each of the Central Faculty Committees and on the various College Committees such as:

The Education and Training Standards, Policy, Public Education, Regional Advisors, Recruitment & Retention, Examinations, SAS and Affiliates, Trainees, Perinatal, Neuropsychiatry and Eating Disorders.

Members are encouraged to participate in the College locally and nationally and vacancies for representatives are notified to the local membership via the journals, website and local mailshots.  


Launch of Report - Recovery Services for People with Severe Mental Health Problems

 RCPsych NI Rehab Report Launch at NI Assembly                
The report which was presented at the NI Assembly All Party Group on Mental Health on Tuesday 21 January was produced collaboratively by RCPsych in NI and the 6 main mental health charities in NI,  Mindwise, Action Mental Health, CAUSE, Aware Defeat Depression, Niamh and Praxis. 

The authors of the report, including services users and carers, met with the All Party Group for Mental Health in Stormont and advised that people with such severe and complex needs are at risk of a new form of institutionalisation stuck, as they are, in acute mental health wards - Trusts must be held to account for how they plan to develop their rehabilitation services to meet the needs of this group.



Your views..

We are always pleased to receive feedback.  We would be particularly interested to hear what topics and speakers you might wish to have included in our CPD programmes – email us quoting “Topics and Speakers” in the subject field.


Dr John Sharkey, Regional Representative, Psychiatrists in Private Practice Special Interest Group, would be grateful to hear from Psychiatrists interested in this area; email Dr Sharkey


The Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management is a new UK-wide organisation that aims to promote the advancement of medical leadership, management and quality improvement at all stages of the medical career for the benefit of patients.  This is a cross College initiative which sits

alongside the College’s own Leadership and Management work. You can get further details and sign up online


Contact Us

Email Location Telephone Division Manager: Nora McNairney

Division Administrator: Lisa Losty

Policy: Thomas McKeever

Clifton House
2 North Queeen Street
BT15 1ES


Tel:  028 9027 8793
Fax: 028 9031 2461


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