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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Leadership and Management

"The College believes that patient care benefits enormously from the clinical leadership of psychiatrists and that the best mental health care organisations value the contribution made by psychiatrists in service planning and strategy" (RCPsych Position Statement).  


Welcome from the Associate Registrar for Leadership and Management, Dr David SomerfieldDavid Somerfield


Dr Somerfield was appointed as a Consultant Psychiatrist in South Devon in July 1999, joining the Devon Partnership NHS Trust when it was created three years later. He became the Trust's Medical Director in April 2006, then Co-Medical Director in April 2010. Dr Somerfield was subsequently appointed as Chief Operating Officer in 2014 and continues to work clinically. Previously, David was a lecturer in old age psychiatry at the University of Bristol and a senior registrar, also in Bristol, prior to moving to Devon.

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Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management


The College works closely with the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM).

FMLM aims to promote the advancement of medical leadership, management and quality improvement at all stages of the medical career for the benefit of patients.

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