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

Flying out to Dhaka

RCPsych Volunteer Scheme Link with the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Welcome to my blog. 

Over the next few months I hope to provide an insight into the Royal College of Psychiatrists Volunteer Scheme link with the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in Dhaka.  I will be the first volunteer to take part in the scheme and will be flying out to Dhaka on 21 February 2012 for three months.  The blog aims to cover the background to the link, experiences along the way, and hopefully act as a catalyst for those interested in the volunteer scheme and who may possibly take part in the Bangladesh link in the future. 

The first official blog entry will follow shortly!


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Re: Flying out to Dhaka
It was a pleasure to read the blog and read some promising and positive comments.
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About this blog

Dr Adrian Phillipson







Dr Adrian Phillipson is an ST5 in general adult psychiatry, based in South Yorkshire.  He is currently part way through a year out from his training rotation, utilising the time to pursue research and travel interests.  Adrian is the first psychiatrist to take part in a new Royal College of Psychiatrists Volunteer Scheme Link with the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  He hopes that this blog will provide good insight into the link, and will encourage others thinking of taking part in the volunteer scheme.

Adrian’s attraction to transcultural psychiatry stemmed from a chance encounter with a local practitioner in Malawi in 2003, where he witnessed a traditional healing ceremony for psychosis.  He has further developed his interest through completing a masters degree in Transcultural Mental Health Care at Queen Mary, University of London, as well as through further overseas exposure.   In 2010 Adrian made an initial scoping visit to Bangladesh to look at mental health services and help establish a sustainable link.  A report from this project can be found here.