Retired and resting doctors

This page is for doctors who have retired, those approaching retirement and resting psychiatrists.
Dr Angela Rouncefield and Dr Paul Divall represent Retired Doctors on the South West Division Executive Committee. Contact can be made by forwarding an email to Abigail Watts, on

Peer Groups

To help colleagues find a suitable peer group, if you have space in yours it would be very helpful if you could let Dr Rouncefield and Dr Divall know via Abigail Watts ( so that they can put retired working doctors in touch with you.

For those doctors who are not in a peer group and would like to be put in touch with one, please forward your details to Dr Rouncefield and Dr Divall via Abigail Watts ( and they will try and put you in touch with a group.  

Event Programme

The South West Division hosts two full day CPD and networking events each year specifically to meet the needs of retired or resting psychiatrists.  Our next event is planned on 26 October and we are currently planning the 2021 programme.

We are aware that retired psychiatrists can feel isolated and bewildered by the prospect of revalidation. Many find jobs within organisations that can help, eg. SOADs in the CQC, but others have no parent organisation. To give guidance and assist in the ‘careers’ of retired doctors, Dr Divall and Dr Rouncefield hope to welcome you to these events, which are open to any psychiatrist who has retired from their substantive NHS post.

The topics reflect the mainstream needs of psychiatrists who continue to offer help and advice, or who are involved in activities such as Section 12 work. Each meeting includes a short update on revalidation, to hear members’ experiences and to share good or helpful practice.

SWDT are always willing to consider any events that are relevant to this group.  If you have an idea for a suitable topic, or would like to lead one of these events, Dr Divall and Dr Rouncefield would welcome your nomination, which may be submitted via Abigail Watts, on

Retired Doctors Package

We are currently developing a practical package for doctors who are either coming up to retirement or at the point of retirement.  We hope to include helpful advice for clinicians who wish to carry on working and for those who do not.  If you would like to make a suggestion, please contact Abigail Watts on

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