RCPsych in Scotland
Who's who / Contact details
The RCPsych in Scotland has about 1315 Members, Fellows,
Affiliates and Pre-Membership Trainees. The administrative office
of the RCPsych in Scotland is located in Edinburgh at the Royal
College of Physicians on Queen Street.
Chair of RCPsych in Scotland / Vice President of
RCPsych: Dr Alastair Cook
Alastair has been Associate Medical Director for Mental Health
and Learning Disability Services in NHS Lanarkshire since 2002 and
was appointed Director of Medical Education for the Board in
After training in SE Scotland Alastair took up a General Adult
Psychiatry Consultant job with an interest in liaison psychiatry in
Lanarkshire in 1997. He was quickly attracted to move into medical
managemant as lead clinician at Hartwoodhill Hospital in 1999,
followed by the Associate Medical Director role.
Alastair was deputy regional adviser for the West of Scotland
and chaired the Scottish Division workforce group in the lead up to
MMC and the foundation of the speciality training board for mental
health. He also chaired the NHSQIS steering group for the
development of Integrated Care Pathways.
From 2007 to 2010 Alastair was seconded full time to the
Scottish Government Health Workforce Directorate where he led on
the development of the "Reshaping Medical Workforce" project, was
part of the UK medical education scrutiny group and the editorial
team for the Gold Guide and was also responsible for the review of
consultant appointment regulations leading to the formation of the
external adviser system.
Vice-Chair: Dr John Taylor
John Taylor has been a Consultant General Adult Psychiatrist
since 1997. Initially working in Glasgow South, he moved to
Ayrshire and Arran in 2007 to take up post as Associate Medical
Director for Mental Health Services.
He has a keen interest in the development of services and
training and continues to be an educational supervisor for higher
trainees. Since 2008, he has been the Secondary Care
Appraisal Lead for Ayrshire and Arran and has been a NES tutor for
appraiser training since 2010.
Prior to being Vice-Chair, he has been an elected
member of the Executive Committee of the RCPsych in
Scotland since 2007.
His time continues to be split equally between clinical work and
his other roles.
Financial Officer: Dr Andrew Robinson
Andrew did his higher training in Edinburgh
under Norman Kreitman then moved to Grampian in 1989 to a
Consultant General Adult Psychiatry Post. He helped to
establish the addiction services there until retiring in
2014. Since then he has worked in Adult Mental Health
in Aberdeen City.
He has also previously held the
role of Chair of the Addiction Faculty in
Scotland; completing his term in early 2016.
Meetings Secretary: Dr Polash Shajaham
Polash is a Consultant Psychiatrist for NHS
Lanarkshire and holds an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer position
with the University of Glasgow.
Completing his undergraduate degree at the
University of Edinburgh in 1989 he went on to complete basic
psychiatric training at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. He was
employed by the Medical Research Council as Clinical Scientist
based at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital studying brain
electrophysiology, scanning and transcranial magnetic stimulation.
In 1999 he was appointed as Senior Lecturer and Consultant
Psychiatrist by the University of Newcastle. He returned to
Lanarkshire in 2001 where he is responsible for a busy catchment
area (Bellshill, Lanarkshire) although retains a keen interest in
academic psychiatry and various mental health topics including
antipsychotic effectiveness, polypharmacy and physical health
issues in mental illness.
His main research interest is psychiatric
hospital outcomes based research.
Scotland Office Staff
Karen Addie, RCPsych in
Scotland Manager, direct dial: 0131 344 4964
Karen’s responsibilities include:
- The RCPsych in Scotland’s communications with other agencies,
including the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Mental
Health and the Scottish Government
- All press, media and public affairs work
- Consultation responses and submitting them by deadline
- Liaising with the Policy Unit in the College
- Managing the office and staff
Angela Currie, RCPsych
in Scotland Senior Administrator, direct dial: 0131 344
Angela looks after the following areas:
- Executive Committee
- Distinction Awards Committee
- Division Financial monitoring
- RCPsych in Scotland Fellowship nominations
- RCPsych in Scotland Elections
- RCPsych in Scotland Meetings
- Support to Faculties
Laura Hudson , Policy
Administrator, direct dial: 0131 344 4966
Laura is responsible for:
- Providing support to the Faculties in Scotland of
the RCPsychiS including organising conferences
- Supporting Policy and Parliamentary duties
- Retired Psychiatrists Group
- Working Retired Psychiatrists Group
RCPsych in Scotland Senior Administrator, direct dial: 0131
Susan is responsible for the following areas:
- Providing support to the Faculties in Scotland of
the RCPsychiS including organising conferences (Child &
Adolescent, Medical Psychotherapy)
- Mental Health Act Training (Section 22)
How to Contact Us
All Officers, Faculties in Scotland, and Committees
should be contacted via the RCPsych in Scotland Office:
The Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland
12 Queen Street (1st Floor)
Tel: 0131 220 2910
Fax: 0131 220 2915
Further details about The Royal College of
Psychiatrists in Scotland, its Executive Committee, future meetings
and events can be obtained from Karen Addie or Angela Currie.
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