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RCPsych in Scotland


Who's who / Contact details

The RCPsych in Scotland has about 1315 Members, Fellows, Affiliates and Pre-Membership Trainees. The administrative office of the RCPsych in Scotland is located in Edinburgh at the Royal College of Physicians on Queen Street.

 

 

 

 

 

Chair of RCPsych in Scotland / Vice President of RCPsych: Dr John Crichton

John Crichton grew up in a farming family in West Lothian. Early influences included his Uncle’s suicide, his father’s traumatic memories of war and developing insulin dependent diabetes at secondary school.

So even before medical school John had an interest in mental health and spend several months working as an auxiliary nurse in the old age wards at Royal Edinburgh Hospital.

His interest in psychiatry developed during his time at Nottingham medical school where he completed an intercalated psychology degree researching occupational stress in psychiatric nursing and won the elective prize for mental health research at the Muhimbili Medical Center, Tanzania.

After a house job in Shetland John trained in psychiatry at Fulbourn Hospital Cambridge. He was influenced by the moral decisions made about those patients with a damaged personality who presented with disruptive behaviour. To research this further he was awarded the Nightingale Research Studentship at Trinity Hall and The Institute of Criminology, at Cambridge University.

During his doctoral research he developed an interest in homicide and published his first book in 1995 Psychiatric Patient Violence, Risk and Response. He has gone on to publish over 60 peer review publications and numerous book chapters. His current main research interest is homicide reduction. For the last 17 years he has been an honorary fellow at University of Edinburgh School of Law where he teaches a module on the Criminology MSc.

After his PhD, John was a clinical lecturer in Learning Disability at University of Cambridge when he gave evidence in the Bournewood case before becoming clinical lecturer in Forensic Psychiatry at University of Edinburgh – returning to Royal Edinburgh Hospital after 13 years in 1998. In 2000 he became a consultant at the newly opened Orchard Clinic, Scotland’s first medium secure psychiatric unit and later supported the creation of the Forensic Mental Health Managed Clinical Care Network, becoming its medical director. He created the ‘Matrix of security’ and risk management traffic lights system - used across Scotland to enhance patient safety. He continues to work as a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist specialising in the needs of mentally ill women.

John was instrumental in bringing about the national training program in Forensic psychiatry which has proved a successful model for other psychiatric subspecialties. More recently as Chair of the Forensic Faculty in Scotland he chaired the influential Victim’s Rights Group, which reported to Scottish Ministers last year.

In 2015 he became an honorary consultant with the International Committee of the Red Cross assisting with their healthcare and detention work, hosting international visitors to Scotland and twice visiting China.

John is married to Anne-Marie, a GP in Bo’ness. The couple have three daughters – the eldest of whom is a medical student at Queen’s University in Belfast. Outside work John has campaigned for the availability of insulin pumps and continuous blood glucose monitoring for diabetics on the NHS, researched the history of the Lothian and Border Horse and helped to design an awarding winning extension complete with a Mondrian inspired bookcase.

Vice-Chair: Dr Linda Findlay

Linda is a Consultant Psychiatrists for NHS Lanarkshire and has been the Associate Medical Director for South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership since July 2017.

She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Glasgow in 1990, completing her training in psychiatry in the West of Scotland before taking up a post in Lanarkshire in 2003.

Linda is a past Chair of the Learning Disability Faculty in Scotland.

Linda has an interest in service development and reducing health inequalities. She has an interest in Human Rights, completing a masters Degree in Human Rights law at the University of Strathclyde in 2005, and tackling mental health stigma. Linda currently sits on the SeeMe Advisory Board and Represented the College on the Mental Welfare Commission’s Patients Rights Carepathway Group.

 

 

Financial Officer: Dr Andrew Robinson

Andrew did his higher training in Edinburgh under Norman Kreitman then moved to Grampian in 1989 to a Consultant General Adult Psychiatry Post.  He helped to establish the addiction services there until retiring in 2014.  Since then he has worked in Adult Mental Health in Aberdeen City.

 

He has also previously held the role of Chair of the Addiction Faculty in Scotland; completing his term in early 2016.

 

Meetings Secretary: Dr Pauline McConville

Pauline is a consultant psychiatrist at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh and Associate Director of Medical Education for NHS Lothian. 


Pauline completed her undergraduate degree in medicine at the University of Edinburgh before starting her training in psychiatry in South East Scotland. After a year working on a voluntary basis in a hospital in rural India, she completed higher training in psychiatry as a lecturer at the University of Aberdeen and Specialist Registrar with NHS Grampian. She subsequently completed a M.D. on the role of obstetric complications in functional psychosis.


Pauline currently works as a general adult psychiatrist specialising in in-patient care.  She is one of three consultant leads for ECT at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital.  Pauline has a long standing interest in medical education, is a member of the South East Faculty of Clinical Educators and teaches on the Clinical Educator Programme. As an Associate Director of Medical Education she promotes quality improvement projects in postgraduate training, oversees the induction programme for doctors new to the service and works closely the Deanery, local Training Programme Directors and NHS managers to ensure a high quality of  postgraduate training in psychiatry.  Pauline is a regional advisor and CASC examiner for the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

 

RCPsych in Scotland Office Staff

 

RCPsych in Scotland Manager.

 

Policy Manager responsibilities include:

  • The RCPsych in Scotland’s communications with other agencies, including the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Mental Health and the Scottish Government
  • All press, media and public affairs work
  • Consultation responses and submitting them by deadline
  • Liaising with the Policy Unit in the College
  • Managing the office and staff

Angela Currie, RCPsych in Scotland Senior Administrator, direct dial: 0131 344 4967

(part-time Wednesday/Thursday/Friday)

Angela looks after the following areas:

  • Executive Committee
  • Distinction Awards Committee
  • Division Financial monitoring
  • RCPsych in Scotland Fellowship nominations
  • RCPsych in Scotland Elections
  • RCPsych in Scotland Meetings
  • Support to Faculties

Elena Slodecki , Policy Administrator, direct dial: 0131 344 4966

Elena is responsible for:

 

  • Providing support to the Faculties in Scotland of the RCPsychiS including organising conferences
  • Supporting Policy and Parliamentary duties
  • Retired Psychiatrists Group
  • Working Retired Psychiatrists Group

Susan Richardson, RCPsych in Scotland Senior Administrator, direct dial: 0131 344 4965

(part-time Tuesday/Wednesday)

Susan is responsible for the following areas:

  • Providing support to the Faculties in Scotland of the RCPsychiS including organising conferences (Child & Adolescent, Medical Psychotherapy)
  • STARG
  • Mental Health Act Training (Section 22)

How to Contact Us

All Officers, Faculties in Scotland, and Committees should be contacted via the RCPsych in Scotland Office:

The Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland

12 Queen Street (1st Floor)

Edinburgh

EH2 1JE

Tel: 0131 220 2910

Fax: 0131 220 2915

 

Further details about The Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland, its Executive Committee, future meetings and events can be obtained from Angela Currie.

 

 

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