General Adult Psychiatry

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


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: Seonaid MacCallum

Vice Chair: Position Vacant

RCPsychiS Contact: Susan Richardson

About the General Adult Faculty in Scotland

The Scottish General Adult Faculty Executive Committee meets approximately every three months to discuss the issues affecting members working in in-patient and community settings across the country. In recent months this has included:

  • emergency legislation brought in around coronavirus
  • the Scottish Mental Health Law Review
  • working arrangements and workload trends during COVID-19
  • recruitment and retention.

Faculty reps have worked with the Devolved Nations Senior Media Officer and produced articles for national newspaper and radio and worked with national charities to produce blog posts during the pandemic.

Membership of the faculty is open to consultants, SAS doctors, and higher trainees in General Adult Psychiatry; and Core Trainees, Foundation Doctors and Medical Students are encouraged to participate in and attend our annual conferences.

We are keen to recruit new members to the Executive Committee, and would ideally like to have local representatives from each of the main regions of Scotland. If you are interested in attending the meetings on a regular basis, then please contact us. At the moment we would seek to co-opt interested members with a view to holding a formal round of elections in 2023.

Faculty Update – November 2020

Despite the novel pressures of this year, we also have to continue with business as normal, and the Faculty has been working with the College to put the views of General Adult Psychiatry forward where relevant. We have provided feedback on the consultations for Smoking Policies on Hospital Grounds, highlighting the issues that may be faced in psychiatric settings. We have also been involved in the Legislative Oversight Group helping to shape the College response to the Scott Review of the Mental Health (Scotland) Act. Key to this is the need to ensure that any draft legislation is tested against realistic example cases to ensure that those using the next version of the MHA have confidence that it will work as intended.

We have also had links to the UK College and continue to participate in the GAP UK Faculty to provide a Scottish perspective to proceedings, and also with RCPsych’s Patient Safety Group, and Co-Production Group.

Plans continue for a Scottish GAP Conference and AGM early next year in an on-line format. The main theme will be around “Shaping the Future” as we look to hear from members about the new ways of working and solutions found during the pandemic that we would want to keep. Further details will follow via the webpages and email list.


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