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March 2014
Royal College of Psychiatrists

Royal College of Psychiatrists President made a Dame

Professor Sue Bailey, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, was made a Dame in the New Year Honours 2014. She has worked in the field of child psychiatry for over 30 years, and was elected President in 2011. She was awarded an OBE in 2002 for the development and delivery of evidence-based mental health services for young people in the youth justice system.

Three other College members received honours:

Professor Sue Bailey, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

• Professor Stephen Scott, consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist and Director of the National Academy for Parenting Research, received a CBE for services to families.
• Dr Margaret du Feu, consultant psychiatrist in Co. Louth, Ireland, received an OBE for services to deaf people in Northern Ireland.
• Dr Carol Trotter, consultant psychiatrist in Portsmouth, received an MBE for services to mental health.

Royal College of Psychiatrists elects a new President

Professor Sir Simon Wessely has been elected as the next President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Professor Wessely will take office at the College’s Annual General Meeting in London on 26 June 2014.

Professor Wessely is a consultant liaison psychiatrist at King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley Foundation Trusts.

Professor Sir Simon Wessely, President-Elect of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

He is Chair of Psychological Medicine and Vice Dean of the Institute of Psychiatry,King’s College London. He was knighted in the 2013 New Year Honoursfor services to military healthcare and psychological medicine.

• Make parity between mental and physical health a reality.
• Improve the image of psychiatry and psychiatrists.
• Improve recruitment into psychiatry and encourage medical students to discover the unique qualities of psychiatry.
• Ensure excellence in education, and put high-quality training delivered by psychiatrists for psychiatrists at the heart of education.

Professor Wessely said: “It is a great honour to be elected President. I am acutely conscious of the great responsibility that comes with this – not least the daunting task of continuing the achievements of my predecessors.”


Professor Bailey said: “Simon is an extremely talented academic and a marvellous ambassador for psychiatry. The College will benefit enormously from his ability to speak out on behalf of our profession.”

Royal College of Psychiatrists reflects on 2013

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has published its Annual Review 2013. The 26-page report reflects on the College’s achievements over the last 12 months, including relocating to a new headquarters and celebrating the winners of the annual RCPsych Awards: http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/usefulresources/publications/collegereports/op/op91.aspx

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