Dr Chris O'Loughlin 

2020 candidate for Dean

O’LOUGHLIN, Dr Chris, BM BS BMedSci (Hons), MRCP, FRCPsych, Head of School of Psychiatry, Health Education England (East of England). Consultant Community Adult Psychiatrist, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust. @chrisol1 (Twitter)

My summary statement

As Dean I would promote a welcoming, purposeful and aspirational educational environment.

My experience as a dynamic Head of School, delivering high quality training programmes, supporting trainees, and contributing to national initiatives gives me invaluable expertise.  Education should work for all to produce the outstanding clinicians our services deserve.


My supporting statement

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I believe our specialty requires a welcoming, purposeful and aspirational educational environment to produce the outstanding clinical leaders our services deserve.

As a dynamic Head of School of Psychiatry in the East of England, I promote and deliver excellence in all aspects of training.  I develop high quality core and specialist training programmes and contribute to national initiatives, giving me expertise invaluable for the role of Dean.  In 2018 I was recognised as RCPsych Trainer of the Year, having “revitalised psychiatry training in the East of England”.

A strong communicator and motivator, I work with our excellent team at the College and represent the Heads of School on the Education and Training Committee.  I liaise with NHS and third sector organisations to provide innovative training and robust quality assurance.  I am a lead Clinical Assessment of Skills and Competencies (CASC) examiner and run a  College Supervisor Course promoting inclusive, personalised training that addresses the specific needs of trainees.

As East of England cross-specialty lead on trainee appraisals (ARCPs), I deliver workshops countrywide. I worked with the College on improving ARCPs following the ‘Supported and Valued’ report and developed the College’s response to Covid-19 for ARCPs.  I also work with Health Education England’s Professional Support and Wellbeing Service, a vital resource during the pandemic, and facilitate sessions on doctors’ mental health.  

I am an energetic supporter of the Choose Psychiatry Campaign.  As College Tutor, Training Programme Director and then Director of Medical Education, I prioritised raising standards, increasing recruitment and making training work for all.  

As a General Adult Consultant and supervisor, I recognise that high quality education is vital for enhancing patient care.

As Dean, I would support the aspirations of all psychiatrists by: 

Promoting Excellence

I will:

  • Implement the new curricula to ensure training is informed by the best neuroscience, psychotherapy and social research producing high quality person-centred care.
  • Inspire trainers to develop innovative practices, embrace new technologies and support the individual needs of trainees.
  • Campaign for enhanced opportunities in research, education and quality improvement.
Supporting Individuals

I will: 

  • Develop resources for trainees and trainers that specifically focus on the challenges faced by international and ethnic minority doctors in order to address differential attainment.
  • Support doctors taking diverse routes through training, promote flexible careers, improve the inter-deanery transfer mechanism and remove obstacles to continuing training.
  • Increase recognition of clinical skills acquired outside training programmes, whether doctors intend to move into training or apply for specialist registration.

Developing Psychiatry

I will:

  • Promote psychiatry as a challenging and rewarding medical career, focussing on recruitment into specialties where there is most pressing need.
  • Advocate widening medical school access, strengthen undergraduate psychiatry and ensure all doctors have the skills needed to support the mental health of their patients.
  • Enable psychiatrists throughout their careers to acquire new skills, be empowered to progress in new roles and be valued without discrimination. 
I am committed to building on our successes and realising our aspirations.  It would be an honour to work with you as Dean.