Equality Action Plan

The RCPsych will hold the first of four round table meetings to discuss how to promote race equality, and equalities in the round, next Friday at 3pm.

The discussion at the four round tables will help shape the College’s new Equality Action Plan, which is being put together as a result of the new President Adrian James’s promise to prioritise diversity and equality during this three-year term, which began on 1 July. 

The virtual round table meetings will be open sessions and any members, patients or carers who want view the discussions will be able to log in and watch, as well as put forward their own suggestions and ideas for consideration. 

The first round table meeting, which will look at race equality at the College, will be chaired by Rehab Faculty Chair and Presidential Lead for Race Equality Dr Raj Mohan. 

One of the panel members at the round table will be Lincolnshire Mental Health Trust Medical Director and author of a recent report on BAME healthcare workers and Covid-19 Dr Ananta Dave. 

Other panel members will include College Fellow, current ELFT CEO and future HEE CEO Navina Evans, College Associate Registrar for Membership Engagement Dr Santosh Mudholkar and College Associate Registrar for Policy Support Dr Tim Ojo. 

The second round table meeting, which will look at race equality in mental health services, will take place on Thursday 24 September at 1pm, and be chaired by the College’s other Presidential Lead for Race Equality Dr Lade Smith.  

Lade is also a consultant psychiatrist, senior lecturer at King’s College and Clinical Director with the College’s National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH). 

The third round table meeting, on Thursday 1 October, starting at 12.30pm, will look at equality, in the round, at the College, and be chaired by the Chair of the College’s Rainbow Special Interest Group (SIG) Dr Maire Cooney, who is a Consultant Psychiatrist at Renfrewshire Rehabilitation Centre, at the Dykebar Hospital, in Paisley. 

The fourth and final round table, which will look at equality, in the round, in mental health services, will be held on Wednesday 7 October at 12pm and be chaired by either Dr Beena Rajkumar or Dr Ruth Reed, who are the Co-Chairs of the College’s Women in Mental Health Special Interest Group (SIG). 

The RCPsych Equality Action Plan will promote equality for College members, healthcare workers, patients, carers and College staff. 

To find out details on all four of the round table events, and how you can log in, please check the College website next week. 

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