Professor John Crichton

2020 candidate for Treasurer

CRICHTON, Professor John BM BS (Nottm)PhD (Cantab) FRCPsych FRCP Consultant Psychiatrist, Royal Edinburgh Hospital. Honorary Professor University of Edinburgh; @JohnHMCrichton

My summary statement

We are stronger when our vision is international; when we embrace technology to become greener and more connected; and when we promote community amongst colleagues.

These are my priorities and that is why I am asking you to consider supporting me in the role of RCPsych Treasurer. 

My supporting statement

Ddarllen y datganiad hwn yn Gymraeg

The current global crisis highlights the importance of continuing education and collegiate support among our profession. We have strength in our diversity and the importance we give to equality and inclusion.

We are stronger when our vision is international; when we embrace technology to become greener and more connected; and when we promote community amongst colleagues. These are my priorities and that is why I am asking you to consider supporting me in the role of RCPsych Treasurer.

A College Community

At its heart we are a membership organisation and maintaining the benefits of membership and value for money must always be a priority. Lockdown has shown us what we can do but also revealed what we have missed.

We need to meet together as a community for those rich chance encounters and informal conversations. We need face-to-face events in our divisions and faculties. 

  • I advocate for a College office in the north of England creating a second UK base for our meetings and events. 
  • To maintain the link with senior members I will bring forward the point when retired Fellows become life members. 
  • To promote equality I will advocate widening voting rights to pre-membership trainees, Affiliates and International Associates.

A College beyond Walls

Investment in digital communication allows greater involvement in College activities from members around the world, ensuring no colleague is left behind or isolated. We have a gold-mine of knowledge that must be relevant and accessible and requires transformation. 

Traditional research publication is changing, bringing opportunities for greater reach and inclusivity. Our webinars and e-conferences require to be of the highest technical standard and transparent costings.

Participation in RCPsych electronic content should automatically populate CPD submissions to help members collect their evidence. I will provide budget reports which include a measure of our environmental savings. Paper copies of the BJPsych should be opt-in and not opt-out.

A Global College 

From the strength of our Collegial links across these islands, we have the opportunity to promote mental health and education globally using our international divisions, international volunteers, and the diversity of our membership. This affirms the value of psychiatrists who have chosen to make the UK their home and strengthens existing ties.

We now have a cost neutral digital exam and that should continue to be an option for the future. By expanding our 3000 international members, economies of scale are created for our digital output.

This is an exciting time for RCPsych members and thanks to the College’s financial prudence we will emerge from COVID in a strong position.

That prudence, along with ethical investment, must continue. Harnessing modern communications, we should work collaboratively with those with lived experience and multidisciplinary colleagues to promote mental health internationally together with belonging in our professional communities. 

Twitter: @JohnHMCrichton

NHS Consultant Psychiatrist from 2000; Clinical Director (Forensic, Psychotherapy, Rehabilitation Psychiatry) 2008-12, TPD 2007-2018. Chair RCPsychScot and Vice-President RCPsych 2017-21. Trustee RCPsych 2020