14 May 2012
A member of SHSC staff has been appointed to a prestigious role that will help shape the future training of doctors.
Dr Peter Bowie, one of our consultants, has been selected as the new Chief Examiner at the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych).
The Royal College of Psychiatrists is the main professional and educational organisation of psychiatrists in the UK. It is responsible for representing psychiatrists, psychiatric research and providing public information about mental health problems as well as advising those responsible for training and certifying psychiatrists in the UK.
Dr Bowie, Clinical Director for Specialist Services (which includes Dementia Services), Director of Postgraduate Medical Education and Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry, said he was delighted with the honour.
The Chief Examiner is responsible for overseeing the development and administration of all aspects of the examinations, and for safeguarding the high reputation of the examinations.
To become a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych), doctors must pass a four-part examination comprising three written papers and a clinical assessment of their skills and competencies. Membership of the college is the accepted qualification for doctors to enter higher training in psychiatry.
Dr Bowie added: "To me, being Chief Examiner is the ultimate chance to influence the standard for training in my profession, which is a fantastic opportunity.
"I am also very fortunate to have the goodwill of my Trust, which has allowed me the flexibility to take on this role."
Kevan Taylor, SHSC’s Chief Executive, said: “This is a very prestigious and important post and it is a real honour for one of our Consultants to be appointed to it."
Dr Bowie, 54, joined the Trust in 2004 and has been involved in the examination process since the early 90s when he started as a college examiner. In 2008 he was then appointed lead for the clinical examination at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
He will now hold the Chief Examiner post for five years. He succeeds Professor Anthony Bateman, who served as Chief Examiner since 2006.
Dr Wendy Burn, Dean of the RCPsych, said: "I am delighted that Dr Bowie will be working with the college team. He brings with him enormous knowledge, enthusiasm and organisational skills and I am sure that he will be an asset to us."