latest health care news


Royal College of Psychiatrists appoints new president

The Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych), the professional body responsible for setting standards in psychiatry, has elected its new president, Dr Wendy Burn, in its triennial presidential election.

Dr Burn, who recently served as Dean of the college, will become the RCPsych’s fifteenth president after being elected on a 33.1% turnout, an increase on the college’s previous election.

She will take over from the current president Professor Sir Simon Wessely this June at the end of his three-year term.

Dr Burn said that she is honoured to have been elected president of RCPsych and will look to dispel the stigma surrounding the profession.

“I know what it’s like on the frontline of psychiatry and how difficult it has become,” Dr Burn said. “The current morale amongst trainees is the worst I have known it, but as president I will ensure that they are supported and valued by the college.

“There is still so much stigma surrounding the profession. Psychiatry is an incredibly rewarding and important profession, and we must work hard to challenge the negative views that still exist.”

Dr Burn became a consultant old age psychiatrist in Leeds in 1990 and currently works full-time as a regional leader in a community post with her particular clinical interest being dementia.

She previously served as co-clinical lead for dementia for Yorkshire and the Humber Strategic Clinical Network between 2013 and 2016, was the first head of the Yorkshire School of Psychiatry, and has held many roles at the college including deputy convenor, regional co-ordinator for CPD and deputy lead for national recruitment.

RCPsych’s chief executive Paul Rees said: “I have very much enjoyed working with our president Sir Simon Wessely, who has been an inspirational leader for the profession for the past three years.

“However, I congratulate Wendy on winning what was a keenly fought election to replace him and I very much look forward to working with her to promote the voice of psychiatry and the needs of service users.”

(Image c. RCPsych)

Have you got a story to tell? Would you like to become an NHE columnist? If so, click here 


David Tombs   03/02/2017 at 17:31

Well done Wendy, I am sure that you will be an excellent president of our college.

Add your comment


national health executive tv

more videos >

featured articles

View all News

last word

Hard to be optimistic

Hard to be optimistic

Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association, warns that we must be realistic about the very real effects of continued underfunding across the health service. It’s now beyond more > more last word articles >

health service focus

View all News


The Hospital Energy Project

19/09/2018The Hospital Energy Project

The Hospital Energy Project is an ambitious engineering scheme to replace o... more >
Social media's role in health

19/09/2018Social media's role in health

Social media has a massive role to play in health – infection prevent... more >


Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

24/01/2018Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

The NHS plays a part in the country’s wellness – but it’s... more >
681 149x260 NHE Subscribe button

the scalpel's daily blog

Lord Darzi: Seize the opportunity

19/09/2018Lord Darzi: Seize the opportunity

Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham is the Paul Hamlyn chair of surgery at Imperial College, a surgeon working in the NHS and, from 2007-09, was health minister under Labour. H... more >
read more blog posts from 'the scalpel' >

healthcare events

events calendar


September 2018

mon tue wed thu fri sat sun
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
1 2 3 4 5 6 7

editor's comment

25/09/2017A hotbed of innovation

This edition of NHE comes hot on the heels of this year’s NHS Expo which, once again, proved to be a huge success at Manchester Central. A number of announcements were made during the event, with the health secretary naming the second wave of NHS digital pioneers, or ‘fast followers’, which follow the initial global digital exemplars who were revealed at the same show 12 months earlier.  Jeremy Hunt also stated that by the end of 2018 – the 70th birthday... read more >