Dr Raj Mohan
2020 Registrar candidates
Consultant Psychiatrist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
I started my career as an international medical graduate in the UK. My involvement with the College started in 1999 in the General psychiatry faculty executive as a trainee representative and newsletter editor. Two decades on, I feel really privileged to be one of the candidates for the post of the Registrar of the Royal College.
I will whole heartedly campaign to ensure there is ‘health in all policies’, and for all health policies to include and prioritise mental health. The big fight that needs to continue is for parity of esteem for mental health. My energy will be focused on advocating for fair funding for mental health proportionate to the disease burden. I will champion for new investment to be directed to frontline services. The desired outcomes should be meaningful improvement in the quality of care and job satisfaction for staff that deliver care. The Registrar role will allow me to support and implement policy and to challenge the government on unfair policies and lack of parity.
As the Registrar of our College I will ensure that member’s voices are heard and the College continues to improve the working lives of all doctors and trainees. I will actively engage with all groups: students, trainees, SAS doctors, members, and fellows, involving them in everyday College business. I will nurture collaborations with patient and carer groups as well as independent, charity and the voluntary sectors.
I will support our Faculties and Special Interest Groups to flourish and to provide the knowledge and skills that can create systems which work together to achieve more for psychiatry as a discipline.
Our Royal College is driven by its values and I was happy to lead our successful nomination as the European Diversity Association’s charity of the year award in 2019. This has been the fruition of our collective efforts to become a progressive, fair and inclusive organisation. Embracing diversity and embedding inclusiveness will make the College stronger and help us battle stigma and marginalisation that our patients face.
I strongly believe that psychiatry should be at the forefront of evidence based healthcare. I will work to create systems where academics and frontline clinicians are valued equally in what they do to advance the field of mental health care and discovery. I believe that this can be enriched through collaborations with all agencies, institutions, patients and carers. This in turn will attract more funding for psychiatric research, innovation and lead to better outcomes.
I will support and drive the College’s initiatives to provide the ‘right care, in the right place and at the right time’. I will lead the College’s demand enough resources including inpatient beds and well-balanced community services. I will promote a healthy mix of excellent core services in all areas and prompt access to specialist services.
It will be my privilege to be represent you as the Registrar of the College and I sincerely hope that you will support me.