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

Publication of Francis Report

I am getting ready for the publication of the analyses of the Robert Francis QC report, commissioned by the Health Innovation Education Cluster (HIEC) North East, to identify areas where education and training can play a key role in ensuring high quality patient care.  Whilst all the dust of political change at the centre settles, and the frantic activity of making appointments within the NHS Commissioning Board continue, I  believe that as professionals we could do far worse than to focus down on the likely content of this report which is due to be published in mid-October. 

This I am sure will ground all of us from across the UK, whatever the tornadoes surrounding us, in what we are there for as professionals: to deliver safe, effective, patient-centred assessment, care and treatment. We need to be confident in exercising our duty of care to speak out when things are going wrong. This is something that we can work on constructively with our mental health and social care colleagues.

Speaking of which, an excellent example of multidisciplinary team working is the National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care and Low Secure Units (NAPICU). I was privileged to attend their Conference Dinner in Manchester last night.  There was a vibrant group of over 2OO delegates there developing and shaping the services where we know the task is challenging  They had guests from Iceland and Belgium who are joining the network and developing their own services. 

Today I am  interviewing for a new Specialist Advisor for Workforce which is a key College role.  And yes it was too good to be true despite the "guarantee ". The roof continues to leak but I have been promised they have a solution!

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