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Congratulations to Adrian James, elected President of Royal College of Psychiatrists

Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in #ProudofDPT, Mental health, News on 9th January, 2020

We are delighted to announce that Dr Adrian James has been elected as the next President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Adrian becomes the 17th President after a closely fought election and saw off challenges from Professor Kam Bhui and Professor Pamela Taylor, who finished second and third respectively. The position is for three years and Adrian will continue to work clinically at our organisation during his tenure.


The results were posted on Twitter where Dr Adrian James has a large following:


Speaking after the result, Adrian commented: “I’m humbled and delighted to be elected President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

“This is a pivotal time for Psychiatry. I will focus my energies on achieving parity of esteem, addressing workforce wellbeing and championing diversity and the needs of marginalised groups.

“I would like to thank Professors Bhui and Taylor for such a stimulating and positive campaign. My gratitude to all our members who have placed their trust in me.

"I would also like to say how grateful I am for the support that Devon Partnership NHS Trust gives to clinical leadership within Devon and nationally."


The position of President is the most senior post in the College, with a national and international leadership role in psychiatry, representing 1,800 psychiatrists. The President also chairs the College’s Council and Board of Trustees.


Paul Rees, Chief Executive of the College, said: “I would like to congratulate Dr James for winning such a closely contested election. He set out a really positive vision for the future of the specialty of psychiatry and the College.

“I am confident that he will prove to be a worthy successor to our current President, Professor Wendy Burn.

“I would also like to thank the other candidates, Professor Kam Bhui and Professor Pamela Taylor, who played a key role in what has proved to be an enlightening and positive election process – which has engaged psychiatrists across the UK, and globally.