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


About the Women and Mental Health Special Interest Group

WMHSIG seeks to ensure the provision of holistic care to women using mental health services. It also seeks to improve the working lives of women psychiatrists and to promote their careers. It is important to emphasise that the group is open to both men and women as there are a significant number of male psychiatrists who provide care to women using mental health services.


About us

WMHSIG was started in 1995. The group has run career development days for women psychiatrists, and regularly holds sessions at College meetings on services for women users of mental health services and career related issues. Two meetings of the committee each year are open meetings with relevant academic presentations.

The group has monitored the situation of women in clinical and academic psychiatry and drawns attention both within the College and externally, to perceived inequality. WMHSIG attempts to address many of the pertinent national issues relating to its areas of interest. The group has also set up a database for any psychiatrist wishing to work part-time or to job share. Further details of the groups role and activities can be found in the document Ideas for Today and Tomorrow.

We celebrated our 10th Anniversary with a conference at the College in November 2006. Following Dr Fiona Mason taking over the position of Chair from Dr Ros Ramsay, we held a stategy planning meeting to look at our future direction which was discussed at our meeting last July in Glasgow. This resulted in the development of specific workstreams to focus our work for the next year on "The careers of women doctors" and "The physical healthcare of women service users".


How to join

Membership is open to all members (men and women) of or associates of the College. Others may be invited to join at the discretion of the Chair. To join, please complete our online application form or email the College Membership section.



Executive Committee

Member Year of joining Position
Dr Elena Baker-Glenn 2009 (C) Committee Member
Dr Sarah Cohen 2013 (C) Committee Member
Dr Claudia Cooper 2014 (C) Academic Secretary
Dr Rina Gupta 2014 (C) Website Content Editor
Dr Rebecca Horne 2009 (C) Newsletter Editor
Dr Chrishanthy Jayarajah 2014 (C) Committee Member
Dr Rebecca Marriott 2013 (C) PTC Rep
Dr Olivia Protti 2007 (C) Committee Member
Dr Nisha Shah 2011 (C) Committee Member
Dr Shaheen Shora 2009 (C) Website Content Editor
Dr Jacqueline Short 2014 (C) Committee Member
Dr Anya Topiwala 2011 (C) PTC Rep

Minutes and Newsletters




*Should you require a copy of any previous minutes or newsletters not currently available on the website, please contact Francis Maunze: – the College Archivist.


Public documents


New: Summary of conference at RSM on 11 March 2014: Women’s Mental Health: Integrating body and mind. A dialogue between psychiatry, obstetrics and gynaecology


Gender Differences in Prescribing presentations

Presentations from International Congress 2010

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