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
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
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.