RCPsych in Wales
Happy New Year from Staff at RCPsych in Wales. We are pleased to
welcome Ollie John as temporary Policy Administrator. Ollie is busy
familiarising himself with all things College and mental health
policy in Wales.
We held our 3rd annual Christmas debate for Young People in
December, the motion ‘This House Believes that School is bad for
your mental health’ proved very emotive. These events are
increasing in popularity year on year and we now host 2 Primary
school debates and are hosting our first High School debate in
We held a multi-disciplinary CAMHS afternoon session last month
in which we welcomed over 80 attendees. A mix of psychiatrists,
educational psychologists, school nurses, teachers, primary care
colleagues, civil servants and psychologists came along to share
best practice using case studies on the day.
We also had interesting presentations from the Samaritans and
feedback on ‘raising mental health awareness in a high school
setting’, a pilot that has been running in a local high school in
Wales. The day was extremely useful in terms of networking. It also
provided attendees the opportunity to discuss local issues in a
confidential space. We plan to run this event again in 2018.
We have lots of changes to our Executive Committee this year
with vacancies for Vice Chair, Finance Office and 3 x Elected
members to the Executive Committee. We will also see various
vacancies to Chair of Faculty posts as member terms of office come
to an end.
We will also see 2018 as the year that the Devolved Councils
come into being. We are very excited about working with Paul Rees
on the details of this over the coming months.
December was a busy month for policy. We submitted written
evidence in September to the Children, Young People and Education
Committee inquiry into the emotional wellbeing of young people and
Professor Alka Ahuja, Dr Peter Gore Rees, Dr Warren Lloyd and Dr
Mark Griffiths gave oral evidence on Thursday, 14 December.
We also submitted written evidence to the Health, Sport and
Social Care Committee on Suicide Prevention in last month.
Our RCPsych in Wales eNewsletter will be published at the end of
January where a more detailed update and plans for 2018 will be
If you would like to be involved in the work of the RCPsych in
Wales, please contact Siobhan Conway: email@example.com.
For anything Policy related, it’s Ollie John: firstname.lastname@example.org