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

Leadership and Management for Psychiatrists: Delivering high quality care for all

Dr Fiona MasonWelcome from the Associate Registrar for Leadership and Management

Dr Fiona Mason, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist and Chief Medical Officer St Andrew’s Healthcare:

"As the Associate Registrar for Leadership and Management, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to these web pages.

Psychiatric leadership is fundamental to services, and to ensuring safety, clinical effectiveness and improved patient experience.

I am clear that psychiatrists need to be involved in service management and development, thus improving health for all. I’m therefore thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the development of leadership and management across all specialities and grades within psychiatry. In my role at the College I will be focussing on key areas including education, networks and comprehensive membership engagement. I would welcome your thoughts and ideas, and look forward to meeting many of you at the forthcoming events we have planned."

Please contact us for further information.


Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management


The College is working closely with the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management. FMLM 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.


Message from Dr Geoff Watson, Deputy Medical Director FMLM



Dear Colleague


The Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM) is a membership organisation set up as the professional home for medical leadership in the UK. 

Established in 2011 by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, FMLM is endorsed by all Royal Colleges and Faculties for the advancement of medical leadership, management and quality improvement at all stages of the medical career and across all specialities, for the benefit of patient care in the UK.

FMLM currently supports around 2000 members across the UK, from medical students to senior leaders, with online information and resources as well as national and regional networking, development support and discounted entry to events, including our annual conference.

Members currently have access to a learning leadership library, online news bulletins and digests, regular webinars, Twitter chats and blogs as well as practical and bespoke support.

New, cutting edge services and resources are being launched this year, designed to spearhead support to our current and future medical leaders.  In particular, we will be publishing agreed standards of medical leadership that will become a requirement for all those holding leadership positions in order to inform revalidation.  We will also be adding new coaching and mentoring services and a careers consultancy for those looking to expand their horizons within healthcare.  We look forward to sharing these and other benefits with our members to swell the growing voice of excellence in medical leadership and management.

As a member of FMLM you can join a vibrant community of senior and aspiring medical leaders – who include national medical directors, the chief medical officers and deputies of the devolved nations, as well as secondary care doctors, staff and associate specialists, public health doctors, GPs, dentists, doctors in training and medical students – and shape medical leadership and management for the future of healthcare in the UK.

If you have yet to join us, we warmly invite you to do so now. If you would like to find out more or discuss any aspect of FMLM’s work or future plans, please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing me or by going to our website.

Best wishes


Best wishes

Dr Geoff Watson | Deputy Medical Director



Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management

2nd Floor, 6 St Andrews Place, London NW1 4LB

T: 0203 075 1471 Mob: 07917 797908




Dr Laurence Mynors-Wallis, RegistrarDr Laurence Mynors-Wallis, College Registrar; Consultant General Adult Psychiatrist and Medical Director, Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust:

"All psychiatrists should play an important leadership role in their teams and organisations.  Leadership is about setting high standards, motivating and supporting colleagues and delivering high quality care for our patients.

The most successful medical organisations are those in which doctors take clear leadership roles."

See our Resources page for key documents on strategy and our position statement.



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Dr Sohom Das writes about  his experience of shadowing a clinical leader:

"As junior doctors, we have limited exposure to high level managerial roles and responsibilities, though they are becoming a ubiquitous expectation. I would highly recommend shadowing upper medical management, especially in a large, reputable, successful organisation such as St Andrews".


New podcast: Systemic approaches to leadership


Past events and presentations

Keynote speech on Leadership and Management from Dr Laurence Mynors-Wallis, Registrar, RCPsych.

Keynote speech on Transformation and Recovery by Professor Philip Sugarman, CEO, St Andrew's Healthcare.

Keynote speech from Dr Muj Husain, Chair of RCPsych PTC