honoured at Royal College of Psychiatrists’ #RCPsychAwards
- Alastair Campbell
given honorary fellowship by RCPsych for his services to furthering
the mental health agenda
- Rev. Richard Coles
and Norman Lamb MP among prominent figures presenting awards to
those making significant contributions to the mental health
6 November 2017:
Former Downing Street ‘King of Spin’ Alastair
Campbell has been awarded an honorary fellowship today by the Royal
College of Psychiatrists.
Mr Campbell was recognised for his
achievements in reducing the stigma attached to mental health and
encouraging people to talk more about their own experiences.
Fellowship of the RCPsych is awarded as a
mark of distinction and recognition of contributions to psychiatry
and mental health.
On being awarded the fellowship, Mr
Campbell said: "Winning the battle for de-stigmatisation
is fine, but only if it’s accompanied by services and support that
people can rely on when they need them and whey they can admit they
need them... I’m not undermining or diminishing anything that
doctors or surgeons in physical illness do, but in a way they have
so much more to go on.
“Psychiatry is that very interesting mix of
medical and more broadly human understanding of experience. The
need for good psychological support service and clever young people
going into psychiatry is greater than ever. I've been very lucky to
have good psychiatrists at different times in my life; the guy who
has been helping me for the last 12 years or so and the guy who
helped me when I cracked up in Glasgow in the 80s."
Former Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman
Lamb MP is among those presenting awards at the ceremony in London
today. Norman Lamb MP is well known in mental health campaigning,
having spoken out about the vital importance of government
attention to improve the nation’s mental wellbeing and the damaging
effects of stigma.
Reverend Richard Coles, of recent Strictly
Come Dancing fame, has been open and honest about his own
struggles with mental health problems, and will also be in
The annual RCPsych Awards mark the highest
level of achievement within the field of psychiatry, recognising
and rewarding contributions to the mental health sector.
As well as presenting psychiatrists with
awards, mental health teams are to be honoured to mark their
clinical achievements outside.
Service users who have showed an outstanding
commitment to promoting a better understanding of mental health
will also be honoured.
There are 18 categories in the RCPsych
Student of the Year
Foundation Doctor of the Year
Psychiatric Trainee of the Year
Psychiatric Trainee of the Year
User/Patient Contributor of the Year
Contributor of the Year
Psychiatric Communicator of the Year
Psychiatric Trainer of the Year
Researcher of the Year
Doctor/Associate Specialist of the Year
11. Psychiatric of the
12. Psychiatric Team of the
Year: Children and adolescents
13. Psychiatric Team of the
Year: Working-age adults
14. Psychiatric Team of the
Year: Older-age adults
15. Psychiatric Team of the
Year: Non-age specific
16. Psychiatric Team of the
Year: Learning disability
17. Psychiatric Team of the
Year: Outstanding contribution to sustainability
18. Lifetime Achievement
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RCPsych Awards 2017 |
Nominations for the RCPsych Awards 2018 will
open in February.
Notes to editors
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