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Specialty Doctors' Committee Members


The Specialty Doctors' Committee is made up of members from all regions of the UK. Any member who wishes to contact the Committee can do so via the Committee Manager Vivine Muckian.


Meet the Chair of the Specialty Doctors' Committee, Dr Monique SchelhaseDr Monique Schelhase

I wish to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the newly appointed Chair of the Specialty Doctors’ and Associate Specialist Committee.

I graduated from medical school at the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 1995. Since 2007 I have worked for Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT) at the Yorkshire Centre for Eating Disorders (YCED) in Leeds and have been an Associate Specialist in Eating Disorders since January 2009. I am the Lead Clinician for the YCED Community Treatment Service. My research interests include body image therapies and the psychological impact of enteral feeding regimes. Additionally I am the LYPFT SAS Tutor and a Medical Appraiser.

 Please feel free to come and seek me out at College events. I would like to hear from you in person or via email:


Vice Chair of the Specialty Doctors' Committee, Dr Lily Read

SAS Vice Chair Dr ReadI am a Speciality Doctor in Old Age Psychiatry at Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Additionally,  I am the SAS tutor for my Trust and a medical appraiser. 

After obtaining my medical degree from The University of Medicine and Pharmacy Cluj, Romania, I gained a BA (Psychology) from Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj and MSc from Manchester University.  I was awarded a PhD from University of Leeds for my work in the neuropsychology of dementia . I have been involved in medical research for a number of years, securing substantial research funding as a principal investigator that lead to several publications. For 6 years I worked for the UK Government as a Medical Advisor, Research Manager and Head of Policy and have extensive experience of representing and negotiating with national and international organisations.

Since returning to NHS full time, I have been passionate about the SAS doctors group,  and have a particular interest in career development and progression, including CESR , credentialing and medical management and leadership , and the barriers encountered by our group with these processes .  I feel privileged to have been appointed RCPsych SAS Committee Vice chair  in 2016 and am determined to represent our group’s interests and listen and learn from you all. 

I am hoping to meet many of you in person at various college events or hear from you via email at


Vice Chair of the Specialty Doctors' Committee, Dr Kathryn Naylor

I was very pleased to be appointed joint vice chair of the committee. I have worked as an associate specialist in forensic psychiatry at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust for over 13 years. I had previously been a staff grade having decided I no longer wanted the disruption of on-call and examinations. . I have been fortunate to be able to develop my interests, including getting involved in research into the impact of shared reading on mental health and well-being. I have been involved in the Trust’s safe from suicide project.

I have been a SAS representative on BMA committees and was frequently a member of the optional/ discretionary points committees. I was a member of the forensic executive for several years. I was involved in the original and revised document, Aren’t we all in it together? I am an appraiser.

During my time as a SAS doctor, I have seen many changes to our contracts, the people taking up SAS posts and how SAS doctors are viewed. I hope we can begin to rebuild the SAS/ affiliate group and work together towards improving our lives and careers. I am keen to think about how we can work with the college and establish networks throughout the country.  

If you would like to contact me, please email:

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VIvine Muckian

Royal College of Psychiatrists

21 Prescot Street

London E1 8BB


Tel:  0203 701 2666