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

Chair's Blog

December 2017

Wishing you all a retrospective happy Christmas and New Year! I hope you’ll read the accompanying Report, which details that even though the holiday season was approaching, members continued with a high level of activity in many areas. I’d particularly like to thank the organisers of the Training Day on the MHO and MHRTs, which I think was very successful, and which generated much discussion- so much so that we had difficulty in keeping to time! It illustrated for me that there is great interest in regular training and sharing of knowledge in this area.

I think we must continue to raise the profile of the College and of the profession throughout 2018. Despite the political stalemate, we will have many opportunities to do this. Collaborative working is one sure way and coming soon are our joint meeting with RQIA on 19 January, followed by our POA Faculty joint meeting with BGS on 26 January. Looking at the SAS and Affiliate Management Development Programme on 2 February, the broad range of speakers is really impressive. The Conference we’re organising on the MCA on 22 March should attract much interest and will be preceded by the Presidential lecture the evening before. We’re working with the British Psychological Society, the University of Ulster and the Northern Trust to organise a conference on dementia in May, which will have many expert speakers from Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland, in addition to showcasing innovative services locally. I’m looking forward to the forthcoming launches of important papers that we’ve produced in the areas of alcohol related brain damage and prison mental health. These are very cogent and thorough pieces of work, and we must ensure they reach the Commissioners so that they will make a real difference.

Health and Wellbeing 2026: Delivering Together will clearly be the main strategic driver over the next number of years; it does discuss the need to build on the Bamford reforms and the high rates of mental illness in Northern Ireland. I hope we can use the Strategy Days we’re in the process of arranging to be in a position to influence the work of the Transformation Groups and develop a clear strategic vision for mental health services here.

Please keep an eye on the website and support the various initiatives and events- any feedback will be gratefully received!


January 2018




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Dr Gerry Lynch


Dr Gerry Lynch, Chair RCPsychNI


RCPsych NI & RQIA - 19 January 2018

Joint Meeting

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