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January 2014
Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK)

Royal College of Psychiatrists hosts International Congress 2013

Almost 1,500 psychiatrists – including 294 speakers– convened in Edinburgh from 2-5 July for the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ International Congress 2013. The theme of this year’s Congress wasPsychiatry in Ascent. Delegates enjoyed a packed programme of new science, overviews, workshops and training on important areas in the science, policy and practice of psychiatry.

The 41st Annual General Meeting of the RCPsych took place during the Congress, followed by a Presentation Ceremony. RCPsych President ProfessorSue Bailey awardedthe President’s Medals, which honour people from all walks of life who have made, and continue to make, significant contributions to improving the lives of people with mental illness. This year’s Medal recipients included American psychiatrists Dr. Ken Busch and Dr. Sidney Weissman, UK forensic psychiatrist Dr. Gwen Adshead, UK politician Kevan Jones MP, and mental health charity chief executive Sean Duggan. Earlier this year a Medal was awarded to Helen Lester, Professor of Primary Care, who died following a short illness.

The RCPsych Honorary Fellows 2013 were also inaugurated during the Presentation Ceremony. This year five people were nominated for Honorary Fellowship, including Prof. Rutger Jan van der Gaag, Past President of the Netherlands Psychiatric Association, who has achieved tremendous things for psychiatry in the Netherlands and Europe.

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Royal College of Psychiatrists moves to new headquarters

On 7 October, the Royal College of Psychiatrists will move to a new building in east London.

The College purchased the building, which boasts 50,000sq ft. of space spread over six floors, in January 2013. Since then, it has been fully refurbished to create enhanced facilities for the College’s members, trainees, and visitors. The new building includes:

  • A large members’ area and library with space to work, network and relax
  • A new restaurant, Cafe 21, offering delicious food and drink
  • A purpose-built conference suite, capable of holding events for up to 250 delegates
  • A beautiful Antiquarian Room, displaying the College’s collection of over 1,000 rare psychiatric books and dissertations to the public for the very first time

The College’s new address is: The Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street, London E1 8BB. RCPsych members from the UK and overseas are welcome to visit the new building and enjoy our new facilities.

Caption:Image of the inside of the new reception area at 21 Prescot Street.

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RCPsych attends party political conferences

The Royal College of Psychiatrists again attended all three of the main political party conferences in Glasgow, Brighton, and Manchester, meeting MPs, Peers, mental health professionals, and colleagues from other medical royal colleges.

The conference season is an important time for the College and gives us a chance to get our messages to a wide audience on topics such as parity of esteem, the funding gap for mental health and the work we are doing with local councillors to encourage engagement in mental health at a local level. We are encouraging councils to sign up to our ‘Mental Health Challenge’ and, among other things, commit to the appointment of a Mental Health Champion to ensure mental health is considered across local authority decision making.

As in previous years, our President Professor Sue Bailey attended a variety of public and private meetings, along with College members and patient representatives.

Professor Bailey said, “Party conference is a busy but rewarding time of year for the College, as it lets us speak directly to policy makers, whilst hearing from others in the medical field. Our joint roundtables at all three conferences were very well attended and meetings with Ministers and other influential Parliamentarians again proved successful”.

Caption:The roundtable events jointly organised by the RCPsych were well attended.

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