Dr Linda Findlay has become the new chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland.
Dr Findlay is a consultant intellectual disability and general adult psychiatrist. She is also medical director for the South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership.
After studying medicine at the University of Glasgow, Dr Findlay completed psychiatric training in the west of Scotland.
She has a particular interest in stigma, discrimination, workforce wellbeing and health inequalities.
Dr Findlay said: “As we emerge from the pandemic, mental health has never been so important and very much on the radar. That’s why I’m thrilled take up this role and push our agenda forward for those with lived experience and our workforce.
“I want to work with our key stakeholders to build on all the hard work which has already been achieved, especially around our No Wrong Door and Choose Psychiatry Scotland campaigns.
“But I also want to bring my passion to this role for improving perceptions and stigma around mental health as unfortunately, it is something that still very much exists.”
Professor John Crichton is now treasurer at the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He said: “I’m delighted to see Dr Findlay take over from me. I know that she will bring knowledge and commitment and I am confident that under her leadership the College will go from strength to strength in Scotland.”
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing officers for their time and commitment to these roles over the last four years and wish Professor Crichton the very best as he takes on his new role as Treasurer.