RCPsych Wales - Dr Peter Tomlinson on being a policy attachment
12 October, 2022
My current role as an ST5 in Forensic Psychiatry has demonstrated that there is a lack of general awareness and knowledge around mental health conditions in today’s society. I have always felt that more could be done in this area and was looking for ways to explore this as part of my special interest sessions.
My main project with the Public Affairs and Policy Team Attachment has been in the creation of the new National Young Person's Mental Health Research Award. This is a new initiative by the RCPsych in Wales, designed to encourage young people to undertake and submit research focusing on current Mental Health issues. My hope is that with the creation of this initiative, more young people will become aware of the importance of mental health issues in the community and work to reduce the stigma.
Working alongside the policy team has been an invaluable opportunity to broaden my professional experience. Engaging in public relations and media activities has required me to think and work in a creative manner that is difficult to experience whilst working in a clinical environment. Overall, I have enjoyed the attachment and I would encourage any trainees who are interested in understanding the interface between public bodies and the general population to apply.
How to Apply
- Applications are now open for two new policy and public affairs attachment posts in RCPsych Wales for 2023. The post's duration is for one year.
- Applications should be sent to Katherine Lowther by Friday 25th November 2022
- Further information is available (DOC) and applicants are asked to submit a CV and covering letter outlining their interest in the role
- For any further information, or if you'd like an informal chat about the role, please contact Katherine Lowther, Policy Officer, RCPsych Wales.