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The current editors are Dr Edwina Williams, Dr James Stallard and Dr Oliver Gale-Grant.

Should you require a copy of any previous newsletters not currently available on the website, please contact Francis Maunze – the College archivist.



The Liaison Psychiatry Poster Prize will be advertised with the residential meeting call for papers each year.


How to join

Anyone wishing to join the Faculty of Liaison Psychiatry should contact the Membership Office.


Contact us

Email the Liaison Psychiatry Committee Manager Stella Galea.


About the Liaison Faculty

Until the 1970s, specific liaison psychiatry services were virtually unknown in Britain. A
small number of specialised consultant posts were then established but there was no officially recognised body to represent liaison psychiatry.

Informal discussions between
interested clinicians took place in the early 1980s and a consensus emerged that liaison psychiatry would be best served by establishing a group within the College.

A preliminary meeting was held during the College quarterly meeting in Oxford in 1983 followed by a further meeting during the AGM in Edinburgh in 1984. The College then agreed to recognise Liaison Psychiatry as a special interest group and it became a Faculty in 1997.

Liaison Psychiatry is a GMC recognised subspecialty of General Psychiatry.

The Liaison Psychiatry Executive Committee is the College representative body for the Faculty. The Executive Committee consists of a Chair, a Vice Chair a Financial Officer and 12 elected members.

Elected Members serve a four year term of office. Members are also co-opted on to the committee to complete a piece of work or represent an area of interest such as trainees, service users and carers and the national jurisdictions. The Chairman represents the Faculty on the College Council. Elections take place on a two year cycle and eligible College members will receive invitations to submit nominations and vote.

The Executive Committee meets regularly and holds an annual strategy day. The committee contributes to all aspects of College work relevant to the specialty including training, policy and public engagement.

Members have also established links with other Royal Colleges and Faculties and have contributed to cross-specialty work. The Executive holds a residential meeting annually.



List of Executive


Member Year of joining Position
Dr Peter Aitken 2013 (E) Chair
Dr Adrian Flynn 2009 (E) Financial Officer
Dr Hosakere Aditya 2011 (E) Committee Member
Dr James Bolton 2013 (C) Committee Member
Dr Dallas Brodie 2009 (C) Co-opted Member
Dr Janet Butler 2013 (E) Committee Member
Dr Charlotte Feinmann 2008 (C) Co-opted Member
Dr Anna Fryer 2013 (C) Committee Member
Dr Panthratan Grewal 2013 (E) Committee Member
Prof. Elspeth Guthrie 2009 (C) Co-opted Member
Dr Marcus Hughes 2009 (C) Committee Member
Dr Khalida Ismail 2012 (C) Committee Member
Dr James Kustow 2013 (C) Committee Member
Dr William Lee 2013 (E) Committee Member
Ms Nicola Long 2013 (C) Committee Member
Mrs Jackie Macklin 2004 (C) Co-opted Member
Dr Joanne Minay 2012 (C) Northern Ireland Representative
Dr Colm Owens 2011 (C) Academic Secretary
Dr Thirza Pieters 2011 (E) Faculty Education Committee
Dr Annabel Price 2013 (E) Committee Member
Dr Gopinath Ranjith 2012 (C) Committee Member
Dr Amrit Sachar 2011 (E) Committee Member
Dr Alastair Santhouse 2013 (E) Vice Chair
Dr Ankush Singhal 2011 (E) Committee Member
Dr James Stallard 2011 (E) Committee Member
Dr Geraldine Swift 2013 (E) Committee Member
Dr Catherine Taggart 2012 (C) Northern Ireland Representative
Dr Tayyeb Tahir 2011 (C) Welsh Division
Dr Peter Trigwell 2013 (E) Committee Member
Dr Edwina Williams 2011 (C) Academic Secretary
Dr Gemma Williams 2013 (C) Psychiatric Training Committee Rep
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