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

Dr Raj Rama Iyer, Chair of the Specialty Doctors Committee

Specialty Doctors and Associate Specialists


Welcome from Dr Raj Rama Iyer,

Chair of the Specialty Doctors Committee


As the Chair of the Specialty Doctors Committee I would like to welcome you  to these web pages and to introduce myself as your point of contact in the College for all issues affecting Specialty Doctors and Associate Specialists.


I completed my basic training in psychiatry in the North East prior to my current job as a Senior Specialty Doctor at St Andrew’s Healthcare in Essex.  St Andrew’s is the largest charitable provider of NHS care.


I took on the role of Chair because I feel strongly that Specialty Doctors and Associate Specialists need to integrate and engage with all College processes and committees while taking on leadership roles in their clinical roles to provide high quality care for our service users.


Our committee is made up of representatives from around the UK and from the Faculties which have large numbers of SAS doctors in the workforce.  I am also actively involved with colleagues from other specialties in the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges' SAS group.


We have some achievements to report already.  For the first time, the RCPsych Awards 2013 include a category for Specialty Doctor of the year.   This is a sign of the College’s commitment to recognising our value in healthcare services.  I have been invited to join the Education, Training and Standards Committee to represent Specialty Doctors and also the Policy Committee.  I will report regularly about the work of these important College committees.


We have also held the first national conference for SAS psychiatrists for some time at St Andrew’s Northampton on 18th April 2013.  It was a pleasure to welcome so many inspirational speakers and to meet Specialty Doctors and Associate Specialists in psychiatry.


In the meantime please feel free to email me on any issues.


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NEWS from Academy of Medical Royal Colleges


We are delighted to announce that Dr Raj Rama Iyer, our Specialty Doctors Committee Chair, has been appointed to the role of Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges SAS Committee. Raj is a Senior Specialty Doctor at St Andrews Healthcare in Essex. Raj says "This is a great honour and a great opportunity to contribute to recognition and support for SAS doctors in psychiatry and across the wider profession. I see it  as an endorsement also of the College's commitment to SAS doctors and am grateful for the support of College Officers and the Chief Executive in this work".