Wanted: race equality leads

RCPsych President-Elect Dr Adrian James has decided to appoint two Presidential Leads on Race Equality, to support and advise the RCPsych on how to promote race equality in psychiatry, mental health services and across the College.

Dr James, who takes up office on Wednesday 1 July, was elected in January on a platform which included the promotion of equality and diversity – as well as parity of esteem, workforce wellbeing and sustainability.

The decision to urgently appoint two Presidential Leads on Race Equality, so they are in post to coincide with his taking up office, has been prompted by the killing of George Floyd and the revelations about systemic racism in the UK and beyond that have subsequently come to the fore.

The introduction of Presidential Leads on Race Equality is supported by current President Professor Wendy Burn, who led on the publication of the College’s 2018 position statement on Race and Mental Health.

The Presidential Leads will support the President to promote race equality, feed into the College’s new Equality Strategy, be a member of the College’s Race Equality Working Group and represent the College on race equality issues as necessary.

Dr James and Professor Burn said: “We are absolutely opposed to all forms of racism and believe the introduction of Presidential Leads on Race Equality will be help the College to focus its attention on promoting race equality in psychiatry, mental health services and within the College.

“We would urge all members with an expertise in this area and a passion for achieving race equality to consider making an application.”

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