Faculties and committees

Chair: Dr Ahmed Khan

Vice Chair: Dr  Bhagat Sharma

RCPsychiS Office Contact: Susan Richardson

Scottish Addiction Specialist Committee

The Scottish Addiction Specialist Committee meets every three months for an all day meeting with a teaching and business component.

It's a place to discuss ideas and trends within the field in Scotland. If you're interested in attending, please contact our Chair, Dr Ahmed Khan.

All meetings are held at the Golden Lion hotel in Stirling.


Opioids Aware: A resource for patients and healthcare professionals to support prescribing of opioid medicines for pain

A new opioid prescribing resource has been launched by the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Royal College of Anaesthestists; funded by Public Health England.

Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs - Recovery Committee Report

How can opioid substitution therapy (and drug treatment and recovery systems) be optimised to maximise recovery outcomes for service users?

Read the full report. (pdf)

Presentations from Annual Faculty Meeting in Dunkeld 2015

Identifying Outcomes

The DoH in England has set up a group to identify the outcomes that should be used in mental health.

Your views on these points would be appreciated.

  • We need to agree that all outcome measures should include the ICD10 diagnosis. Would there be support for this?
  • HoNOS is embedded in the information systems of all Trusts. This was a measure developed by the College. It is a general measure that can be widely used across clinical groups
  • We need to agree on a patient rated scale (the shortened Warwick-Edinburgh scale has been piloted in this way).
  • To assist the discussion, please see below some relevant papers identified by Mike Crawford from CCQI and an excellent Faculty report drawn up by the Liaison Faculty.

Supporting documents:


Further reading:

The Child and Adolescent Faculty has a membership of around 300 psychiatrists across Scotland.

Our executive meets four or five times per year. We also hold an AGM in association with an Academic Conference in November.

Current issues under discussion include:

  • Resourcing and Manpower
  • Inpatient Adolescent Services
  • Transitions to Adult Services  

Should you wish to view previous Executive or AGM Minutes please contact Susan Richardson.

Message from the Scottish Faculty Chair - Working in the time of COVID-19 "I'm not loving it"

I’m writing this while wearing surgical scrubs. The last time I wore them was when I worked in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the 1990’s. This was not a post I relished, pipped only by my stint in a gherkin factory in Hamburg one rainy summer, on the list of all time least favourite work. This was for a variety of reasons, but the main ones were the 1 in 4 rota with a lively labour ward at night and working in a gynae clinic packed full of mostly unhappy women. They were not best served by 10 minutes of a solely biological approach to their difficulties. Happily my next post was in psychiatry where I was encouraged to spend time with patients and to think about them holistically which suited me a whole lot better.

Anyway this is what we’ve come to, needing to wear scrubs, and on some wards, gloves, masks and aprons to see children and young people in the children’s hospital. Fortunately Covid-19 has not taken its toll on children, with small numbers testing positive and no deaths under 15 years in Scotland. We do however need to wear the right PPE for those who are sick and it’s a challenge for us to adapt our therapeutic approach with most of our faces covered while wearing anonymous scrubs. For those who are in-patient or are shielding, the loss of physcial contact with families, friends and pets is hard going and there is no end in sight. Our work is also changed utterly with the need to socially distance ourselves from patients and colleagues. The hospital has been uncannily quiet with only on call paediatric staff coming in.

The speed and extent of how our services were transformed in the early days of Covid-19 is remarkable when we consider how in the past changing the NHS has been described as trying to turn an oil tanker. Categorising patients according to clinical need, moving from face to face consultations to working through telephone and video consultations and covering gaps in rotas was achieved around Scotland in just a couple of weeks.

The CAMHS medical workforce here has shown resilience, flexibility, creativity and positivity over the past few months. So, when I write that I am not enjoying my work as before, feeling like my usual Technicolor working world has been rendered sepia, these are my wistful musings alone.

I miss the hurly-burly of working in a busy place full of families and staff birrelling around corridors and clinical areas. I miss joining packed clinical meetings and impromptu chats over coffee .I miss working with families where our training, senses and physical presence allows us to connect intensely with them.

Our team does still meet each week, as many of us as can fit into a large room with socially distant desks, but no chocolate is passed around and there is much use of hand sanitiser and wipes. No chocolate!

These are indeed minor travails when compared to the reality of managing the Coronavirus in adult acute care settings. That the virus and the response to it affect disproportionately the most vulnerable among us is deeply troubling. It seems egregious to enjoy days at home which can only be described as idyllic during the exceptional weeks of sunshine in the west of Scotland. What is the word for the opposite of Schadenfreude? Weltschmerz perhaps? How is it that the Germans seem to have come up with some of the best words for complex emotions in the English language?

So as we ease out of lockdown into this new normal, we will need to continue the new way of working for the foreseeable future. I will never get to like it, but I am grateful to my fabulous colleagues, patients and families who have adapted heroically and will carry me along. Just as long as no-one says that technology is the answer to everything and no gherkins are involved.

Message from the Scottish Faculty Chair - COVID-19 Guidance

I hope you are keeping well and wanted to share resources and seek your feedback about our annual meeting. I also wanted to bring some things to your attention. It's been an extraordinary few weeks and many of us have been asked to radically change how we carry out our clinical work. Along with anxiety about the health of our loved ones, patients, colleagues and ourselves, we have been dealing with home life being transformed by children being off school, partners working from home and vulnerable relatives in social isolation. Technology has become our friend and being a slow adopter,  I have been really impressed with options which have allowed me to review our patients in their homes and have virtual meetings with colleagues and can see COVID 19 pandemic as leaving us with at least one helpful legacy for our work.

  • Please view guidance for children and young people and those caring for them about COVID 19 and how to help those who might be more vulnerable which was developed with colleagues from different agencies.
  • There is also information about changes to the Mental Health Act legislation which will allow us to carry on this work during the pandemic. Colleagues at the Mental Welfare Commission are, as ever, very helpful if you have further queries.
  • Before the pandemic there were gaps in the Scottish CAMHS medical workforce and if colleagues who retired during the past 3 years are willing and able to support services, please contact your local Clinical Director or Lead Clinician to discuss this.
  • We are needing 2 External Advisors for Consultant appointment committees, preferably from the North of Scotland.  Contact Angela Currie at the College if you are interested.
  • It would be difficult to organise an annual academic meeting as usual for November, but Dr. Helen Smith, our Academic Secretary and I were wondering if we should try to set up a meeting and dinner at the end of the year for us to come together and reflect on the year, lessons learned and the state of child and adolescent psychiatry in Scotland after COVID 19.  Please get in touch with Susan Richardson to let us know if there would be interest in this.
  • Finally, we will be more aware than most that many families with children or adults with neuro-developmental conditions including Learning Disability  and mental health disorders will be having a tough time of it. If you or some under utilised young people in your house or community are interested in supporting vulnerable people in your community, you might find the "Viral Kindness" flyer of use.

Annual Conference and AGM 2019

Please see available presentations from the conference:-

Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing Programme Board

This is jointly chaired by the Scottish Government and COSLA and will run up to the end of 2020. It has replaced the Children and Young People's Mental Health Taskforce which was chaired by Dr. Dame Denise Coia who has unfortunately needed to retire due to ill health.

The Programme Board is focusing on 4 strands of work regarding children and young people's mental health (universal services, community based support, specialist CAMHS and neurodevelopmental pathways) and is supported by work improving data collection, developing a digital platform for resources and services, workforce development, crisis services and improving the interface between CAMHS and primary care.

Further information can be found here or by contacting Elaine Lockhart.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Surveillance System (CAPSS): Report to Faculty AGM 2018

A copy of the CAPSS Report to the Child and adolescent Faculty AGM 2018 is available.

Scientific seminar on child and adolescent psychiatry

On 29 September 2017, a scientific seminar was held in Glasgow to remember and celebrate our colleague, Dr. Anne-Marie Discombe, who died in 2016.

She worked as a Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist in the Adolescent Unit in Glasgow and was highly regarded by patients and colleagues.

Survey of the Mental Health of Children and Young People 2016

NatCen Social Research and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) were commissioned by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) to carry out the Survey of the Mental Health of Children and Young People (MHCYP) 2016. Read the report summarising all the responses to their consultation.

Values Based CAMHS - A Summary of the Scottish Journey

Contact us

If you are a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and would like to raise any issue, please do not hesitate to contact the current Chair or Vice Chair:-

Chair: Dr Elaine Lockhart (elaine.lockhart@ggc.scot.nhs.uk)

Vice Chair: Dr Justin Williams (justin.williams@abdn.ac.uk)

Useful links

Our Faculty is open to Consultants, Associate Specialists, Staff Grades and Higher Trainees in psychiatry throughout Scotland.  We also encourage core trainees and foundation doctors to attend our meetings.  We meet two or three times a year to discuss relevant issues.

Faculty Update

Further to the recent Faculty Election, we are pleased to announce that Dr Philip Crockett has been appointed as the new Chair of the Eating Disorders Faculty in Scotland.  By way of introduction, Phil writes

"Following on from the good work of my predecessor, I hope to be looking to how ED services across Scotland can be helped to continue the strides they have taken in recent years in terms of quality of services. There is still much to do in terms of ensuring that there are enough resources in all the areas that need them, and a need to continue to support improving training and supervision for clinicians and medical students in the field. It will be important to continue to attract the Eating disorder clinicians of the future. I believe also there are still major areas where training and education of other professional groups , especially in community settings, should be enhanced.​ Likewise better links with those colleagues need to be formed and sustained. National efforts to increase research in the field of eating disorders in Scotland need to be encouraged. I look forward to contributing to the work of the college on behalf of the Scottish Faculty of Eating Disorders."

Please see Phil's contact details as below.

New Teaching Resource

Please take a look at a new training video which has been developed about men and eating disorders.  The team who developed it now have RCGP accreditation for their training module and asked if ScotFED might be able to use it.  They have made a specific link for RCPsych so they can evaluate any feedback they get from it and compare with RCGP feedback.  

ScotFED 2019 Conference resources

ScotFED 2018 Conference resources

Faculty Chair contact details

Dr Philip Crockett , Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy and Eating Disorders, & Clinical Director MH Speciality Services, Royal Cornhill Hospital, Aberdeen, AB25 2ZH.

Tel: 01224 557392/398

Email: nhsg.eatingdisorderservice@nhs.net

Useful links

Contact the committee

Chair: Dr Pradeep Pasupuleti: ppasupuleti@nhs.net
Vice Chair: Dr Johanna Brown: johannabrown1@nhs.net

RCPsychiS Office Contact: Susan Richardson



The John Hamilton Travelling Fellowship 2017

This travelling fellowship is awarded from funds bequeathed by Dr John Hamilton, past Honorary Secretary of the then Forensic Section, and College Fellow.

It is intended to encourage psychiatrists working in the field of forensic psychiatry to broaden their knowledge and experience through travel to recognised forensic centres.

Proposals to visit developing forensic services in order to support, advise and teach will also be considered.  Visits are expected to last about two to four weeks and would normally be to centre (s) overseas.



Who can enter?

The fellowship is open to UK higher trainees in Forensic Psychiatry and to consultants in Forensic Psychiatry in the UK in substantive posts.

Regulations and submission instructions can be found on the Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry website.



Guidance on appeals against conditions of excessive security (pdf)

This guidance is for doctors, mental health officers, approved medical practitioners and other professionals exercising statutory functions under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003.

Building a Framework for Risk Assessment, Management and Evaluation : FRAME

The publication of this paper lays the foundations for a shared, consistent multi agency approach to risk practice. It marks an important milestone in an ambitious initiative on which the Scottish agencies led by the RMA and Scottish Government have embarked.

The Mental Health (Detention in Conditions of Excessive Security) (Scotland) Regulations 2015

Draft regulations setting out the test to determine whether a patient detained in a medium secure hospital / unit in Scotland is being detained in conditions of excessive security are being considered.

New Multi Agency Public Protection Guidance


MSc Forensic Mental Health

The School of Forensic Mental Health (SoFMH) has developed the first MSc Forensic Mental Health Programme in Scotland.

Further information regarding the course can be found on the  or by contacting Deborah Walker, SoFMH Administrator at deborah.walker4@nhs.net or on 01555 842212.


Useful Links

Welcome to the General Adult Faculty in Scotland which has a membership of over 700 psychiatrists throughout Scotland.

Contact details

If you're a General Adult Psychiatrist and would like any issues raised, do feel free to contact the current Chair or Vice Chair:

Chair: Chris Pell (chris.pell@nhs.net)

Vice Chair: Seonaid McCallum (seonaid.mccallum@nhs.net) / Amy Macaskill ( amy.macaskill@nhs.net)

GA Faculty Conference 2020

The Faculty Conference will take place on Wednesday 13 May 2020 at the Apex City Quay Hotel in Dundee. Please see our flyer for more information.  We are keen to reconnect and reinvigorate the Faculty and so invite all members to take part in the Annual General Business Meeting during the conference to help drive discussion and ensure our views are represented to the College.

Useful links

Our membership includes all consultants, Speciality Trainees and Speciality Doctors working in ID in Scotland. We welcome any other junior grades joining our meetings eg. core trainees, Foundation Year doctors and GP Trainees.

We have an academic meeting once a year which we endeavour to rotate around the country and anyone interested should contact the Chair or Vice Chair.

Contact details

Chair:  Dr Eleanor Brewster

Vice Chair: Dr Jana De Villiers

If you would like to contact the Faculty, please email scotland@rcpsych.ac.uk.


Useful links

1. Supporting people with learning disabilities

Guidance on why people with learning disabilities may experience difficulties in accessing formal procedures and how people at all levels in the criminal justice system can reduce these difficulties by following a number of good practice tips. 

2. People with Learning Disabilities and the Scottish Criminal Justice System':

Seven “easy read” guides (listed below) for people with learning difficulties and their families and carers, can be accessed here.

  • Learning Disability and the Scottish Criminal Justice System - Introduction
  • Information about the Police
  • Information about Prosecution and Defence
  • Information about Court Staff
  • Information about Criminal Justice Social Work Services
  • Information about Prison Services
  • Information about health and social work services supporting people with a learning  disability

Other useful sites      

  • Enable
  • Turning Point Scotland
  • Key housing
  • GMC guidance Tomorrow’s Doctors expects graduates to understand and accept the legal, moral and ethical responsibilities involved in protecting and promoting the health of individual patients, including vulnerable groups such as people with learning disabilities.

    Medical educators and trainers can use the website to highlight the needs of people with a learning disability, as highlighted in Good Medical Practice which applies to all patients.

Media responses

Scottish Dementia Clinical Research Network

The Scottish Dementia Clinical Research Network (SDCRN) has been set up with the intention of spreading a culture of clinical research in dementia across Scotland and improving recruitment from both urban and rural areas.

Their most current newsletter is now available. 

Publication of Care of Older People in Hospital Standards

Healthcare Improvement Scotland have published revised standards for Care of Older People in Hospital.

The standards are available for download and includes the consultation report, with every comment submitted during their consultation along with comments from the project group.

Contact details

Chair: Dr Adam Daly (adamdaly@nhs.net)

Vice Chair: Dr Vivek Pattan 

RCPsychiS Office Contact: scotland@rcpsych.ac.uk


Mental health and incapacity organisations

Other resources

Service user and carer organisations

Membership is open to consultants, associate specialists, staff grades and higher trainees in Psychotherapy throughout Scotland.

Colleagues from other specialties are also welcome to join. In addition, we encourage core trainees and foundation doctors to attend our academic meetings. 

Our executive meets three or four times a year to discuss matters of training and education, implications of government policy, developments in the provision of psychotherapy in Scotland and other relevant issues.

Close links are maintained with and the Devolved Council of Scotland and the UK Psychotherapy Faculty of RCPsych.

Current issues under discussion include:

  • Resourcing and manpower (including succession planning)
  • Management of the HEAT target for access to psychological therapies
  • Developments in external trainings – Human Development Scotland and the Institute of Group Analysis.

We hold an academic meeting on an annual basis and this provides a forum for education and debate, but also a place to connect with like minded colleagues.

The meeting is held over two days at a central location.

Psychotherapy Faculty Conference & AGM 2020

This year's event is taking place on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 November 2020 at the Dunkeld House Hotel.  The conference theme is "Neural & Social Networks: Psychotherapy in the 21st Century", and we are lucky enough to have Prof. Mark Solms coming to speak!  Please check back for further details in due course.

Psychotherapy & Perinatal Joint Faculty Conference 2019

Useful links to other organisations

Contact details

Chair: Dr Marina McLoughlin
Phone: 01224 557398
Email: marina.mcloughlin@nhs.net

Vice Chair: Dr Lucie Colvin
Phone: 0141 232 9280 (Lansdowne Psychotherapy Service)
Email: Lucie.Colvin@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

Secretary: Dr Adam Polnay

Minutes from the Psychotherapy Faculty Executive Committee

Faculty update

During these unprecedented times it is even more important that as a body of psychiatrists working with and/or interested in the mental health care of women, infants and families during this time, we connect with each other, share concerns and ideas, and keep ourselves updated of developments as well as support our own wellbeing and provide peer support to each other.

As the World Health Organisation announced at the beginning of April, whilst COVID-19 presents considerable risks to our vulnerable population, it is also vitally important that essential services continue to support women, infants and their families to prevent avoidable mortality and morbidity from other causes especially mental illness. We know the potential risks if care is not provided, and that these can escalate quickly during the perinatal period with devastating consequences.

In particular, it is likely the certain risks for women, infants and families may increase – with evidence internationally suggesting a likely rise in domestic violence and potential increase in child protection concerns. Isolation in itself may introduce new risks of neglect and harm that may not have otherwise been present.

We have included an update with respect to guidance from RCPsych relating to adjustments to community and MBU ways of working (which both remain open for admissions), RCOG updates and a host of other useful resources. Information is changing every day, so please check if it has been superseded by other advice.

Faculty information

Further to the recent faculty election, we are pleased to announce that Selena Gleadow-Ware has been appointed Faculty Chair, and Aman Durrani appointed as Vice Chair. Thanks to the outgoing Chair, Roch Cantwell for his commitment to improving services and the profession during his term. He will continue to play an important role in the Perinatal Mental Health Managed Clinical Network in Scotland.

Please get in touch with us if there are issues you would like us to raise as a professional group. How are your services and ways of working currently being affected? Are there any resources you would like to share with Faculty members?

Some Faculty members have expressed an interest in offering to be mentors for colleagues - would you like to have a mentor or be a mentor? Please email (details as below) to discuss.

Virtual peer support meetings will be established, once we have figured out the best technology to support this, possibly Zoom or PowWowNow – do you have a preference?

Next virtual Perinatal Faculty meeting: Tuesday 19 May 2.30-5pm (first half will be Perinatal Faculty followed by peer supervision). Details to follow.

If you know anyone who is not currently involved in the Perinatal Faculty but would like to join, please extend the invitation.

Chair: Selena Gleadow-Ware

Vice-Chair: Aman Durrani

Office Contact: Susan Richardson

Useful Resources

Parent Club

The Birth Collective - a FREE module on having a positive birth experience during the covid-19 pandemic is now available, which may be helpful for women and their partners who are not getting to other antenatal support groups.

The rehabilitation and community care faculty of RCPsych in Scotland meets three to four times a year.

The section is open to interested consultants, associate specialists, staff grades and higher trainees.

We would also like to encourage interested core trainees to attend our meetings. 

Faculty Meetings

  • Sharing information
  • Peer Support
  • Professional development
  • Promotion of Rehabilitation and Recovery focussed services
  • Case and Journal presentations

Contact Details

Co-Chair: Marie Cooney and Ciara Kelly 

Useful Links

Retired Psychiatrists Group

The College in Scotland has a Retired Psychiatrists Group who meet three times a year for informal presentations and lunches. 

For further information on upcoming meetings, please email scotland@rcpsych.ac.uk.


Working retired psychiatrists group

This is a group for those members who are retired from full-time NHS posts but are still working in some capacity. Dr Tom Brown is the elected Chair of this group, and Dr Neill Simpson is Vice-Chair.

The group meet twice a year, providing CPD for the members and keeping them advised of the work of the College.

If you would like to know more, or information about upcoming meetings, please email scotland@rcpsych.ac.uk.

Any specialty doctor or associate specialist working in psychiatry in Scotland can join the group - there is a one-off joining fee of £30 (payable to SSASPA, please send to Treasurer).

This group has an educational and business meeting (which qualifies for CPD points) once a year, providing an ideal opportunity to share information and ideas relevant to those working in a non-consultant career grade role.

Please contact the chair or RCPsych in Scotland for more information.

Contact details

Chair: Dr David MacLean, david.maclean@ggc.scot.nhs.uk    

Treasurer: Dr Walter Forbes, Royal Cornhill Hospital, Aberdeen, AB25 2ZF, walterforbes@nhs.net

Secretarial support: Mrs Gail Kidd, 01382 647245, gailckidd@nhs.net

RCPsych in Scotland executive committee non-consultant career grade representatives and specialty doctors committee:

RCPsych Affiliates Committee Representative:

Dr Harry Boddy, harold.boddy@nhs.net

Learn about the Medical Managers Interest Group (login required).

Meet the group

Chair: Dr Rhiannon Pugh
Email: rhiannon.pugh@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

Group members
Dr Daniel Bennett
Dr Angela Cogan
Dr Robby Steel
Dr Richard  Day
Dr Jackie Pickett
Dr Neil Masson
Dr Rob Embry
Dr Jo Brown
 Dr Gordon Barclay
Dr Alasdair Forrest
Dr David Kenicer
Dr Jim Crabb
Dr Jane Murdoch
Dr Vikki Argent
 Dr Alan Mackenzie
Dr Cara McDonald
Dr Audrey Morrison

Medical student representatives from the four Student Psychiatry Interest Groups in Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh are also invited to attend.

Secretariat provided by Susan Richardson.

A career in psychiatry

A new recruitment leaflet aimed at school students to promote, and advise about, a career in psychiatry has been published.  Available to download here, it is also available in hard copy on request.  It has been circulated to all Senior Schools in Scotland, in addition to other career outlets (i.e. Skills Development Scotland).  

This group has been active in Scotland for a number of years. Previous achievements include:-

  • a book on how to teach psychiatry (published in the Summer of 2011)
  • a course on Teaching Skills for Trainee Psychiatrists 
  • several contributions to The Psychiatrist
  • several sessions delivered at Academic Meetings of the College in Scotland.
In addition in has undertaken research into recruitment and retention (with a survey of all Scottish members carried out in 2003) and research into career choices of Foundation Year Doctors.

The composition of the group seeks to be representative of NHS and academic psychiatrists, the psychiatric specialties and the different areas of Scotland, but the main criterion for membership is an interest in teaching and/or recruitment.

It meets in Edinburgh at RCPsych in Scotland's offices three times a year.


Message from Dr Tom Brown

What can I do?

It has always been my view that every single member of the College needs to take responsibility for recruitment.

We need to regard every contact we have with school students, medical students and young doctors as important. In each such contact we are in effect an “advert for psychiatry” either for good or for ill. Specifically, consider doing one or even all of the following:

1.   Make yourself aware of the Student Associate grade and promote it amongst your students.
2.   Support your local Psychiatry Society - offer to speak or help them find speakers.
3.   Consider supporting your PTC reps to start a Buddy Scheme in your area if none exist. The PTC has guidance on the setting up and running of buddy schemes and will be able to identify trainees happy to take part.
4.   Consider providing workplace based experience for school students. The College position statement on providing work experience placements can be found on the College website.
5.   Consider running a Psychiatry Student Selected Module.
6.   Support the development of Summer and Autumn Schools.
7.   Be a Foundation trainer or even provide a Taster.
8.   Encourage Foundation doctors to continue to engage with the College and promote the forthcoming FD membership grade.
9.   Remember that “every moment counts” in nurturing future psychiatrists, whether they are school students, medical students or Foundation doctors.

As ever we welcome input and suggestions from the membership on what we can do differently. Please feel free to contact me.

Dr Tom Brown
Associate Registrar (Recruitment into Psychiatry)

Useful links on careers and foundation training

Get in contact to receive further information regarding a career in psychiatry