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News and Updates

The Spring 2014 edition of the West Midlands Division e-Newsletter has now been published.  The newsletter is published twice a year in April and October.  Previous editions can be found here.  If you would like to contribute an article, advertise an event or share your views with the membership please contact Angela or Sue in the Divisional Office.    


About the West Midlands Division

The Division comprises all Members and Associates of the Royal College of Psychiatrists living or working in the West Midlands. 

The Executive Committee tries to communicate College issues to all members of the Division. All Mental Health Trusts in the Region have either an Executive Committee Member or a Link Member who is responsible for transmitting information locally. The Committee also transmits members' concerns to the College.

The Committee agenda includes both service and professional issues and the following sub-committees have been formed to concentrate on specific areas: BME issues; Medical Directors; Public Education; and Service Users and Carers.  The Executive Committee acts as a liaison point for other interested bodies in the West Midlands and Regional Specialty Representatives from each Faculty are invited to attend.


Executive Committee

Member Year of joining Position
Dr Gabrielle Milner 2013 (E) Chair
Dr Tamal De 2014 (C) Financial Officer
Dr Kanu Achinivu 2014 (A) Neuropsychiatry
Dr Safi Afghan 2008 (A) Public Education Officer
Dr Ignacio Agell Argiles 2011 (E) Committee Member
Dr Mohammed Arif 2009 (A) Old Age Faculty
Dr Andrew Ashley-Smith 2005 (A) Rehab & Social Psychiatry Faculty
Dr Giles Berrisford 2014 (A) Perinatal Psychiatry
Dr Janice Birtle 2011 (A) Psychotherapy Faculty
Dr Harm Boer 2013 (A) Learning Disability Psychiatry Faculty
Dr Michael Bond 2013 (C) Committee Member
Dr William Creaney 2012 (C) Committee Member
Dr Ananta Dave 2011 (C) Central Policy Committee Representative
Dr Robert Dennis 2014 (A) Eating Disorders Section
Dr Stephen Edwards 2013 (EX) Immediate Past Chair
Mr Steven Gilbert 2014 (A) User/Carer Representative
Dr Jayne Greening 2012 (C) Committee Member
Dr Nidhi Gupta 2014 (A) Affiliate Representative
Dr Mahnaz Hashmi 2011 (A) Liaison Psychiatry Faculty
Dr Abid Khan 2014 (A) Regional Adviser
Dr Farooq Khan 2014 (C) Old Age Faculty
Mrs Michelle Long 2014 (A) Carers Representative
Dr Geoffrey Marston 2013 (E) Committee Member
Dr Steven Marwaha 2014 (A) Academic Psychiatry Faculty
Dr Kathryn Milward 2012 (EX) PTC Rep
Dr Vijaya Murali 2011 (A) General & Community Psychiatry Faculty
Dr Pradeep Peddu 2011 (E) Committee Member
Dr Madhava Rao 2011 (A) Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Faculty
Dr Syed Rashid 2011 (EX) Affiliate Representative
Dr Pullical Ravindranath 2010 (A) Faculty of Addictions
Dr Ashok Roy 2011 (E) Vice Chair
Dr Ruth Scally 2014 (C) Committee Member
Dr Matthew Tovey 2013 (EX) Psychiatric Training Committee Rep
Dr Alfred White 2013 (E) Committee Member

Approved minutes from West Midlands Division Executive Committee Meetings (member login required). 

Details of current West Midlands Division vacancies.

Further details about the Division, its Executive Committee, future meetings and events can be obtained from Sue Corfield or Angela Byrne.


Dates of Executive Committee Meetings 

Friday, 17 January 2014 -       Uffculme Centre, Birmingham                                   
Friday, 11 April 2014 - Uffculme Centre, Birmingham
Friday, 4 July 2014 - Uffculme Centre, Birmingham
Friday, 10 October 2014 - Uffculme Centre, Birmingham


West Midlands Division Winter Meeting 2014

Friday, 28 November 2014 - Village Urban Resort Solihull, B90 4GW


Registration Form






Postgraduate Medical Education Annual Conference

18-19 September 2014 - RCPsych, London

Keynote speaker:  Dr Simon Newell

This is a 2 day conference aimed at trainers, educational supervisors and new consultants interested in medical education in Psychiatry.  Get up to date with key educational issues such as managing trainees in difficulty, see the new Trainees Online learning modules and support your trainees and specialty doctors in developing the skills to pass the CASC.


The RCPsych Postgraduate Medical Education Annual Conference is a great opportunity to meet trainers and trainees from across the country and participate in discussions to develop Psychiatry Training for the future.


Booking is now open.



Adults with Asperger - Management after Diagnosis

23 September 2014 - Coombe Lodge, Blagdon, North Somerset

Dr Peter Carpenter has put together an excellent agenda for the day and for part of this course he will be joined by members of the Bristol Autism Specialist Service.  He has worked with adults with Autism Spectrum Conditions of all abilities for many years,  has a wealth of experience in this field and has been closely involved in the regional and national developments in this area. 

This course will help general psychiatrists plan how to manage patients they diagnose as having Asperger Syndrome.

You can book online, or by completing the application leaflet and forwarding with your cheque, or by credit/debit card via the South West divisional office on 01761 463 979.


Useful Links


Assessors for the College on Advisory Appointment Committees

If you have been a consultant for more than three years, would you be interested in representing the College as an Assessor on Advisory Appointment Committees (AACs)? Assessors are crucial to ensure good practice is maintained at all AACs and to provide a constructive assessment of applicants' expertise for the post. For full details on the role and how to become an Assessor, please contact or visit this web page.

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How to contact us

Royal College of Psychiatrists
West Midlands Division
Vancouver House
111 Hagley Road
B16 8LB

Tel: 0121 452 5120
Fax: 0121 452 5121


Further details about the Division, its Executive Committee, future meetings and events can be obtained from Angela Byrne or Sue Corfield


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