Older Mind Matters

More work but less pay

One advantage of my lifestyle redesign and new work pattern is that I can take on tasks where I don't get paid and get the opportunity (I hope) to contribute to psychiatry and the health service so long as I get my contracted work done.

I had a telephone interview recently for the role of Chair of the Special Committee on Professional Practice and Ethics at the Royal College of Psychiatrists and later heard that I had been successful. I take up the role next year for a 4 year term of office. Ideas about what the College should be doing to support its members (and colleagues in mental health) in the three main areas covered by the Committee are welcome: professional practice, confidentiality and ethics are the three areas of focus.

Interesting fact: it is 21 years since old age psychiatry was recognised as a specialty by the Department of Health. A lot has happened in that time but I think it's fair to say that there are still families needing services and new challenges to the specialty continually present themselves. Has the specialty come of age?

Please note that I've also done some work on other areas of the website, adding a page for Completed Work which is accessed using the link at the bottom of current work on my home page.


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