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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 February 2018.

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 published.

If you would like to be involved in the work of the RCPsych in Wales, please contact Siobhan Conway: siobhan.conway@rcpsych.ac.uk. For anything Policy related, it’s Ollie John: oliver.john@rcpsych.ac.uk

 

 

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