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

Introduction to the Leadership and Management Committee 

Dr Fiona Mason

Welcome from the Associate Registrar for Leadership and Management

Dr Fiona Mason, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist and Chief Medical Officer St Andrew’s Healthcare:

"As the Associate Registrar for Leadership and Management, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to these web pages.

Psychiatric leadership is fundamental to services, and to ensuring safety, clinical effectiveness and improved patient experience.

I am clear that psychiatrists need to be involved in service management and development, thus improving health for all. I’m therefore thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the development of leadership and management across all specialities and grades within psychiatry. In my role at the College I will be focussing on key areas including education, networks and comprehensive membership engagement. I would welcome your thoughts and ideas, and look forward to meeting many of you at the forthcoming events we have planned."

Please contact us for further information.

Dr Laurence Mynors-Wallis, RegistrarDr Laurence Mynors-Wallis, College Registrar; Consultant General Adult Psychiatrist and Medical Director, Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust:

"All psychiatrists should play an important leadership role in their teams and organisations.  Leadership is about setting high standards, motivating and supporting colleagues and delivering high quality care for our patients.

The most successful medical organisations are those in which doctors take clear leadership roles."

Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management


The College is working closely with the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM). FMLM is a UK-wide organisation that aims to promote the advancement of medical leadership, management and quality improvement at all stages of the medical career for the benefit of patients.

Below is their message to the RCPsych:

'Join us to professionalise medical leadership and management for better patient care

Doctors have a long and proud history of defining and expecting high clinical standards as well as establishing the necessary systems of training and development that have led to massive benefits for patients.


In a recent article, Peter Lees, Medical Director at the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM), announced:  “It is now time to recognise the value that medical leadership can add to that history and support all doctors to equip themselves with the leadership skills necessary for their various roles in complex and challenging systems.”


FMLM, established by all medical royal colleges and faculties in the UK, champions leadership development and training for all medical grades and specialties. As part of the effort to serve our membership, one of the key FMLM activities in 2014 will be seven regional conferences to engage members locally. A major topic of consultation at these events will be the medical leadership standards being established by FMLM this year.


All doctors, dentists and medical and dental students are invited to participate in these events taking place across the UK between September and November 2014 and the annual national conference in February 2015. These events will provide an opportunity to learn from experts in management and leadership, share experience and know-how, network and engage in discussions about professionalising medical leadership and management to deliver better healthcare outcomes for patients in the UK. Regional and annual conference places are available at discounted rates for FMLM members and associates.


We are constantly reminded of the huge challenges facing our healthcare system and those worldwide. There’s a growing recognition that medical leadership and management is part of the solution. Your support is hugely important so please join FMLM’s 2000 strong membership, take advantage of the many member benefits and add your voice to ours!'


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Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management


The college is working closely with the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM). Sign up to become a member today.


Dr Jen Perry is a FMLM clinical fellow who has recently started working at the Royal College of Psychiatrists and St Andrew's Healthcare. Her role will be to help promote medical leadership and management within psychiatry.