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Wendy Burn

Wendy Burn

Immediate Past President, Royal College of Psychiatrists
Wendy was appointed as a Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist in Leeds in 1990 and now works part-time in a community mental health team for older people and as the National Mental Health Clinical Advisor to Health Education England. She has been involved in the organisation and delivery of postgraduate training since she started as a consultant. She has held many roles in education. She set up the Yorkshire School of Psychiatry and was the first Head of School. She was Dean of the Royal College of Psychiatrists from 2011 to 2016 and President from 2017 to 2020. While President she led the College through the initial response to the pandemic. She is currently Co-chair of the Gatsby Wellcome Neuroscience Project which focuses on modernising the neuroscience taught to psychiatric trainees. She is also Chair of the Clinical group of Equally Well, a project set up to improve physical health in people with a serious mental illness, and leads the Expert Group on COVID-19 Care for People with Mental Illness for the World Psychiatric Association.
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