The membership survey that was
completed by 128 attendees at the International Congress in
Liverpool identified the 3 top things they valued at the College
- The College’s importance as
the professional body for psychiatrists.
- Free access to British
Journal of Psychiatry, Advances in Psychiatric
Treatment and The Psychiatrist.
- The College role in advocating
for improvement in mental health care.
As you would expect, the free text box
comments of what members would like the College to focus on, varied
greatly, but, there was a theme of focussing the work of the
College on issues of direct benefit to Members and Fellows
including supporting members with revalidation, ensuring
psychiatrists are seen as Leaders within their services and
supporting psychiatrists through change and when services are under
pressure. There was a recognition of the need to continue to
advocate for standards for our patients and supporting
Members should know that the College now has a
real focus on Leadership. We have recently appointed Fiona
Mason, Medical Director at St Andrews, as Associate Registrar for
Leadership and Management. We are the largest speciality in
the new Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management and had a very
successful breakfast meeting at the Faculty Conference attended by
80 psychiatrists. The International Congress in Edinburgh
(2-5 July 2013), will have many sessions on Leadership and
Management. Another date to put in your diaries is 21 March
2013 when there will be a conference on the practical aspects of
leadership for psychiatrists.
I am pleased that the College’s campaign to
increase the number of specialty doctors joining the College as
Affiliates has proved very successful. Numbers are at an all time
high of 700 plus. Dr Raj Iyer has been appointed as the new Chair
of the Specialty Doctors’ Committee (see
this month’s eNewsletter). These Doctors often feel undervalued
and supporting and valuing this group of psychiatrists will be an
important focus for the coming year.
If anyone wishes to contact me on these or
other issues concerning policy, standards, public education or
membership relations, please email.