New Year Honours

The College is delighted that a leading Scottish psychiatrist and our own Chief Executive were recognised for their important contributions in the 2022 New Year Honours list.

Dr John Mitchell was honoured with a CBE for improving mental health in Scotland. Following a month of retirement from his role as principal medical officer in the Scottish Government, Dr Mitchell returned full-time to help with the response to the pandemic appearing regularly with the First Minister and other Ministers in media broadcasts.

And Paul Rees, our Chief Executive, was honoured with an MBE for his services to mental health and to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Appointed in 2016, Paul has transformed the delivery of activities and services, which included the roll-out of a values-based approach to decision-making and organisational culture and the implementation of the College’s flagship Equality Action Plan, which was published in January 2021.

The RCPsych’s work under Paul’s leadership has not gone unnoticed, with a number of other medical royal colleges having been inspired by the College to take more robust action to promote equality, diversity and inclusion.

Dr Adrian James, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said:

“I’m thrilled that John and Paul have been recognised in this way. Their honours are richly deserved.

“John’s work has made a huge impact on our patients' lives and the wider population in Scotland - ensuring people with mental illness get the best possible help and treatment available.

“Paul’s leadership on equality, diversity and inclusion and the implementation of our values has been inspirational. He has successfully transformed the College and delivered real improvements for patients, members and staff.”

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