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

Women and Mental Health Special Interest Group

Women in Psychiatry SIG

Women and Mental Health Special Interest Group (WMHSIG) is a College group open to all Members, Fellows, Pre-Membership Psychiatric Trainees (formerly Inceptors) and Affiliates.


A message from Group Chair, Dr Nicola Byrne

Dear Women and Mental Health special interest group members,

I'm delighted to introduce myself as the new Chair of the group with Syeda Ali as the new Treasurer.

I'm a general adult psychiatrist (female acute) in London and I'm new to the group and the workings of the College, so have much to learn. I've understood this group has already evolved over the years in response to members changing needs and interests, initially being focused on women's careers in psychiatry (as the 'women in psychiatry', 'WIPSIG' group) to become the 'women and mental health' group under the last Chair Katina Anagnostakis, with a move to welcome men.

As the group's been on hold for a while (I understand due to logistical problems with meetings) now seems a good time to review its objectives and organisation.


I've sketched out some proposals in a consultation document and would be very grateful for your feedback



If you'd like to get actively involved in the group Executive please let me know what you'd be interested in doing - the next meeting will be at the Royal College on 19 November.

We're one of the biggest special interest groups in the College (over 3000 members), so we've real potential to achieve something possibly quite brilliant together.

With best wishes,

Dr Nicola Byrne
Consultant Psychiatrist

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Nelson Ward | Lambeth Hospital | Landor Road | London SW9  9NU

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