Honorary Officers

John Crichton grew up in a farming family in West Lothian. Early influences included his uncle’s suicide, his father’s traumatic memories of war, and developing insulin dependent diabetes at secondary school.

So even before medical school John had an interest in mental health and spent several months working as an auxiliary nurse in the old age wards at Royal Edinburgh Hospital.

His interest in psychiatry developed during his time at Nottingham medical school where he completed an intercalated psychology degree researching occupational stress in psychiatric nursing and won the elective prize for mental health research at the Muhimbili Medical Center, Tanzania.

After a house job in Shetland John trained in psychiatry at Fulbourn Hospital Cambridge. He was influenced by the moral decisions made about those patients with a damaged personality who presented with disruptive behaviour.

To research this further he was awarded the Nightingale Research Studentship at Trinity Hall and The Institute of Criminology, at Cambridge University.

During his doctoral research he developed an interest in homicide and published his first book in 1995: 'Psychiatric Patient Violence, Risk and Response'. He has gone on to publish over 60 peer reviewed publications and numerous book chapters.

Research interests 

His main research interest is homicide reduction. Since 2000 he has been an honorary fellow at University of Edinburgh School of Law where he teaches a module on the Criminology MSc.

After his PhD, John was a clinical lecturer in Learning Disability at University of Cambridge when he gave evidence in the Bournewood case before becoming clinical lecturer in Forensic Psychiatry at University of Edinburgh – returning to Royal Edinburgh Hospital after 13 years in 1998.

In 2000 he became a consultant at the newly opened Orchard Clinic, Scotland’s first medium secure psychiatric unit and later supported the creation of the Forensic Mental Health Managed Clinical Care Network, becoming its medical director.

He created the ‘Matrix of Security’ and risk management traffic lights system used across Scotland to enhance patient safety. He continues to work as a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist specialising in the needs of mentally ill women.

John was instrumental in bringing about the national training program in Forensic psychiatry which has proved a successful model for other psychiatric subspecialties.

More recently as Chair of the Forensic Faculty in Scotland he chaired the influential Victim’s Rights Group, which reported to Scottish Ministers in 2017.

In 2015, John became an advisor to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) where he promotes the mental health of prisoners. He has developed close international ties through the ICRC and has had particularly close links with the management of detainees in China.

John is married to Anne-Marie, a GP in Bo’ness. The couple have three daughters – the eldest of whom is a medical student at Queen’s University in Belfast.

Outside work John has campaigned for the availability of insulin pumps and continuous blood glucose monitoring for diabetics on the NHS, researched the history of the Lothians and Border Horse Territorial Army regiment, and helped to design an awarding winning home extension complete with a Mondrian inspired bookcase.

Linda is a Consultant Psychiatrists for NHS Lanarkshire and has been the Associate Medical Director for South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership since July 2017.

She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Glasgow in 1990, completing her training in psychiatry in the West of Scotland before taking up a post in Lanarkshire in 2003.

Linda is a past Chair of the Learning Disability Faculty in Scotland.

Linda has an interest in service development and reducing health inequalities. She has an interest in Human Rights, completing a masters Degree in Human Rights law at the University of Strathclyde in 2005, and tackling mental health stigma.

Linda currently sits on the SeeMe Advisory Board and Represented the College on the Mental Welfare Commission’s Patients Rights Carepathway Group.

Pauline is a consultant psychiatrist at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh and Associate Director of Medical Education for NHS Lothian. 

Pauline completed her undergraduate degree in medicine at the University of Edinburgh before starting her training in psychiatry in South East Scotland.

After a year working on a voluntary basis in a hospital in rural India, she completed higher training in psychiatry as a lecturer at the University of Aberdeen and Specialist Registrar with NHS Grampian. She subsequently completed a M.D. on the role of obstetric complications in functional psychosis.

Pauline currently works as a general adult psychiatrist specialising in in-patient care.  She is one of three consultant leads for ECT at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital.

Pauline has a long standing interest in medical education, is a member of the South East Faculty of Clinical Educators and teaches on the Clinical Educator Programme.

As an Associate Director of Medical Education she promotes quality improvement projects in postgraduate training, oversees the induction programme for doctors new to the service and works closely the Deanery, local Training Programme Directors and NHS managers to ensure a high quality of  postgraduate training in psychiatry.

Pauline is a regional advisor and CASC examiner for the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

RCPsych in Scotland Office Staff

Laura's responsibilities include:

  • The RCPsych in Scotland’s communications with other agencies, including the Scottish Government
  • All policy and public affairs work
  • Consultation responses and submitting them all by deadline
  • Liaising with the Policy team in the College
  • Managing the office and staff

Laura is in the office Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

(part-time Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday)

Angela looks after the following areas:

  • Devolved Council of RCPsych in Scotland
  • Devolved Nation financial monitoring
  • RCPsych in Scotland Fellowship nominations
  • RCPsych in Scotland Elections
  • RCPsych in Scotland Academic Autumn / Winter Meetings
  • RCPsych in Scotland Medical Managers Group 
  • Support to Faculties

Contact Angela on 0131 344 4967 or email angela.currie@rcpsych.ac.uk.

Andrew is responsible for:

  • Policy and Parliamentary duties
  • Providing support to the Faculties in Scotland of the RCPsychiS including organising conferences (Addictions, Liaison, ID, Old Age and Forensic)
  • Retired Psychiatrists Group
  • Working Retired Psychiatrists Group 

Contact Andrew on 0131 344 4966 or email Andrew.fraser@rcpsych.ac.uk

(part-time Tuesday/Wednesday)

  • Susan is responsible for the following areas:
  • Providing support to the Faculties (Child & Adolescent, Eating Disorders and Medical Psychotherapy)
  • Providing support and Secretariat to the Scottish Training & Recruitment Group (STaRG)
  • Mental Health Act Training (Section 22)

Contact Susan on 0131 344 4965 or email susan.richardson@rcpsych.ac.uk.

 Laura is responsible for: 

  • All media enquiries in Scotland
  • Pro-active press coverage
  • Public Relations
  • Journalist enquiries 

Laura can be contacted 0131 285 1064 or email laura.varney@rcpsych.ac.uk  

Contact us

All Officers, Faculties in Scotland, and Committees should be contacted via the RCPsych in Scotland Office:

The Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland
12 Queen Street (1st Floor)
Edinburgh
EH2 1JE

Tel: 0131 220 2910
Fax: 0131 220 2915

Further details about The Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland, its Executive Committee, future meetings and events can be obtained from scotland@rcpsych.ac.uk

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