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Trainee psychiatrist scoops national award

Posted in #ProudofDPT, Mental health, News on 4th December, 2013

Dr Pamela Bowman, a trainee psychiatrist with Devon Partnership NHS Trust, has won the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ (RCPsych) Award for Core Psychiatric Trainee of the Year for 2013. Pamela lives in Torbay and is in her second of three years of core psychiatry training with the Trust.  Prior to this, she completed her foundation training with South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, and did a year of specialty training in paediatrics.  Pamela was presented with her award by Dr Wendy Burn, Dean of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, at a ceremony at The Royal Society of Medicine in London on 14 November.   She was one of four shortlisted finalists for the award, which drew nominations from both the UK and overseas. She currently works in the community adult mental health team in Newton Abbot and, as well as being a trainee psychiatrist, is an academic research fellow with Exeter University, conducting research into medically unexplained symptoms in children. Commenting on the prize, Pamela said:  “The competition was very stiff and I was speechless when they read out my name.  It was an inspirational evening and I was happy and excited to be a part of it.  I first became interested in mental health when I was training in paediatric care.  I have become hugely passionate about promoting the importance of good mental wellbeing and eradicating the stigma that, sadly, too often accompanies mental illness.   I am hopeful that the award will enable us to highlight some of the fantastic work that we do in Devon, and will also encourage medical students and junior doctors to consider a career in psychiatry.”  Dr Kate Lovett, a Consultant Psychiatrist with the Trust and Head of School for Psychiatry for Devon and Cornwall, added:  “Pamela is a truly exceptional young doctor and the award is thoroughly deserved – we are very lucky to have her.  Not only is this a great achievement for her personally, but it is a real coup for the South West.  It will definitely help to underline the extremely high quality of our medical training and, we hope, will encourage young doctors to consider training and working in psychiatry in and around Devon.” The annual RCPsych Awards mark the highest level of achievement within psychiatry, and are designed to recognise and reward excellent practice in the field of mental health. Professor Sue Bailey, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: “Through the RCPsych Awards, we bring national recognition to outstanding psychiatrists. On behalf of the College, I warmly congratulate Dr Bowman and wish her a hugely successful and enjoyable career in psychiatry.”