RCPsych in Scotland welcomes new Honorary Officers

Scotland news
24 June 2021

Dr Linda Findlay has become the new chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland. 

Previous chair Professor John Crichton demitted his role in June, having served out his four-year term leading the RCPsych in Scotland, and gone on to take up his new role as Treasurer for the UK-wide RCPsych. 

Dr Findlay is a consultant intellectual disability and general adult psychiatrist. She is also medical director for the South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership. 

The College in Scotland was also pleased to announce that Dr Pradeep Pasupuleti has been elected as the new Finance Officer for Scotland and Dr Adam Daly will take over from Dr McConville as Meetings Secretary.

After studying medicine at the University of Glasgow, Dr Findlay completed psychiatric training in the west of Scotland. 

She has a particular interest in stigma, discrimination, workforce wellbeing and health inequalities. 

Dr Findlay said: “As we emerge from the pandemic, mental health has never been so important and very much on the radar. That’s why I’m thrilled take up this role and push our agenda forward for those with lived experience and our workforce.  

“I want to work with our key stakeholders to build on all the hard work which has already been achieved, especially around our No Wrong Door and Choose Psychiatry Scotland campaigns. 

“But I also want to bring my passion to this role for improving perceptions and stigma around mental health as unfortunately, it is something that still very much exists.” 

Professor John Crichton is now treasurer at the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He said: “I’m delighted to see Dr Findlay take over from me. I know that she will bring knowledge and commitment and I am confident that under her leadership the College will go from strength to strength in Scotland.” 

Paul Rees, chief executive of the College, said: “I would like to congratulate Dr Findlay on her vital new role as chair of the RCPsych in Scotland. Her strong vision for tackling stigma, discrimination and health inequalities is both impressive and timely. She will be a worthy successor to her excellent predecessor, Professor John Crichton.” 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing officers for their time and commitment to these roles over the last four years and wish Professor Crichton the very best as he takes on his new role as Treasurer.

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