Leadership and Management Committee
The Leadership and Management Committee is
made up of representatives from Faculties, Sections and Divisions
and other constituencies in the College. Here we feature some of
our members and why they think this work is important.
John Taylor (represents the RCPsych in
I am John Taylor and I’m the Associate Medical Director in
Ayrshire & Arran Health Board and represent Scotland in my role
as Chair of the Medical Managers Group of the RCPsych in
Scotland. This group meets three times a year with the Head
of Reshaping Care and Mental Health & the Psychiatric Advisor
from the Scottish Government and deals with both strategic and
operational issues. Membership is limited to those with a
formal management role but this is broadly defined.
Interested trainees or consultants are welcome to attend and can
arrange to shadow any member of the group (but please let us know
in advance so we can arrange catering). We are keen to
support the leadership journey from medical school to medical
directors and believe that all doctors have a leadership and
Carol Wilson (represents the Psychiatric Trainees
As a trainee, acquiring leadership and
management skills is essential. Current practice and future
challenges obligate us to have the ability to competently play our
role in shaping, improving and sustaining high quality services.
Psychiatric trainees have been and continue to be proactive in
engaging with the College to improve and modernise our training to
fit the needs of ourselves and, most importantly, our patients.
Hobkirk (Specialist Advisor Leadership Development)
There is robust evidence to suggest that excellence in leadership,
at all stages of the medical career, is fundamental to the delivery
of high quality mental healthcare. We work in uncertain and
unpredictable times. Effective medical leadership enables
complex organisations, like the NHS, to respond to ever-changing
challenges whilst preserving a congruent sense of organisational
Successful leaders collaborate, encourage constructive
criticism, foster trust and exploit opportunities for learning.
They act with humility and celebrate diversity. Communities of
leaders allow leadership to emerge from the 'middle-out'
capitalising on the expertise of all.