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

Addictions Faculty and Executive Committee

The wider aspects of Addictions involve the Faculty in a broad dialogue with Government departments, legislators, voluntary sector bodies and the media, about issues as diverse as licensing and availability of drugs and alcohol, or the diversion of drug-related offenders from prisons. The Faculty is also committed to education and training, setting clearly defined standards for future addiction specialists, influencing the training of medical students and other doctors. The aim is to promote skilled high-quality care for our patients, and to improve their resources within the healthcare system.

  Faculty of Addictions Psychiatry


Elevator Pitch

Through broad consultation among its members, the Faculty has developed the following brief description of the role of an Addictions Psychiatrist.

“We are medical doctors who have completed extensive training in psychiatry (including the use of mental health legislation) and addiction.  In combining these skills, we have unique expertise in the management of addiction problems in complex cases, particularly co-morbid mental health problems.

Our extensive knowledge extends to all aspects of addiction including individual brain mechanisms, behaviour, and its overall effect on the family, society and the economy. Combined with excellent communication skills, this enables us to offer a holistic approach that considers how biological, psychological and social factors impact on a person’s life and recovery journey.

We are the clinical lead for addiction teams and bear the ultimate clinical responsibility for the people we see. Our training has prepared us for formal leadership roles enabling us to take on senior management positions within addiction teams, and to provide consultation on issues of service development, clinical governance, commissioning, public health, interpretation of research findings, training and evidence based practice.”


Faculty Reports and Submissions


Current projects


Faculty Patients and Carers Forum 

The Addictions Faculty Patients and Carers Forum aims to ensure that the Executive Committee takes account of patients’ and carers’ views. It meets four times a year in advance of Executive Committee meetings to discuss relevant aspects of the Executive’s work. It also undertakes projects of its own from time to time including:



How to join

Anyone wishing to join the Addictions Faculty should contact the College Membership Section.


List of Executive


Member Year of joining Position
Dr Owen Bowden Jones 2010 (E) Chair
Dr Andrew Robinson 2010 (E) Financial Officer
Dr Konstantinos Agathokleous 2012 (E) Elected Member
Dr Andrew Ball 2010 (E) Elected Member
Dr Henrietta Bowden Jones 2010 (E) Elected Member
Dr Neena Buntwal 2010 (E) Elected Member
Mr Peter Burkinshaw 2007 (O) Observer
Prof. Ilana Crome 2013 (C) Co-opted Member
Dr Emily Finch 2010 (E) Elected Member
Dr Eilish Gilvarry 2010 (E) Elected Member
Dr Francis Keaney 2010 (E) Vice Chair
Dr Alexander Keith 2013 (C) PTC Rep
Dr Michael Kelleher 2012 (C) Co-opted Member
Dr Jane Marshall 2012 (E) Elected Member
Dr Soraya Mayet 2012 (E) Elected Member
Dr Jan Melichar 2010 (E) Elected Member
Dr Mark Prunty 2000 (O) Department of Health Observer (or DoH Observer)
Dr Peter Rice 2012 (C) Co-opted Member
Dr Julia Sinclair 2012 (C) Committee Member
Dr Pamela Walters 2012 (E) Elected Member
Dr Sarah Welch 2014 (C) Academic Secretary
Dr Emma Whicher 2010 (E) Elected Member


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