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RCPsych in Wales monthly update

We are well and truly into our busiest time of the year.  We hosted our Joint academic conference with the Welsh Psychiatric Society this month in Swansea and were delighted to welcome Professor Wendy Burn, Dr Adrian James, Dr Clem Matthews and Dr Amanda Thompsell who all gave very interesting presentations.  Attendance was an all-time high and we were particularly pleased to welcome over 20 medical students to attend, some of whom were prize winners in our poster competition.

On the topic of medical students, we're delighted to be awarded four of the available 10 Pathfinder Fellowships to medical students in Wales this year. We've provided mentoring, application advice and mock interviews to all interested candidates since 2015 and we now have eight Pathfinder Fellows in Wales. Much of this success has been down to Dr Jude Harrison, the Wales Clinical Academic Trainee at Cardiff University, so big thanks to Jude!

Chairs and Managers from the Devolved Nations met (via teleconference) with Paul Rees, Chief Executive to discuss proposed Devolved Councils in the Celtic Nations.  We're excited about this prospect and are fully engaged in this process. All being well, we will have Devolved Councils in the Celtic Nations by Summer 2018.

We hosted our Child and Adolescent, Forensic, Eating Disorders and Intellectual Disability Faculty meetings this month.  All very well attended with lots of actions to keep us busy in the coming months.  If you would like further information about any of the work streams in these specialties, please contact staff at RCPsych in Wales.

We have welcomed Dr Chineze Ivenso as our new Old Age Faculty Chair, Dr Tania Bugelli as our new Liaison Faculty Chair and Dr Jacinta Tan as Chair of Eating Disorders.  We will have various vacancies to the Executive Committee in Wales in January and welcome applications to these.  Details will be circulated in due course.

We have responded to several consultations and given evidence to inquiries this month, including submitting a response on the proposal for Wales to introduce an Autism Bill and giving evidence to the Health, Sport and Social Care Committee on Alcohol Minimum Unit Pricing. We are also responding to the Assembly’s inquiry into suicide due on 8 December.  Members are welcome to contribute to this.

As the festive season approaches, we will be busy with our Recruitment and Retention Think Tank, Executive Committee meeting, our Christmas Debate for Young People and a multi-disciplinary afternoon for CAMHS colleagues.

Finally, we're sad to say that Manel Tippett, Policy Administrator for Wales is leaving the College for pastures new at the GMC.  We would like to wish her well in her new role and to thank her for all of her hard work over the years.

Staff at RCPsych in Wales wish you a very happy festive season, and a peaceful New Year.



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