27 November 2019

Psychiatrist awarded prestigious fellowship

 Charlotte Illingworth

A Psychiatrist from Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust has been awarded a prestigious fellowship from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Doctor Charlotte Illingworth, who is a Consultant Psychiatrist within Prison Mental Health Services, was elected by the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Nominations Committee.

Charlotte, who has worked for the Trust for 18 years, became a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych) in 2005 and has trained in general adult and old age psychiatry, as well as obtaining a Certificate of Sub-Speciality Training in Liaison Psychiatry.

She became a Consultant Psychiatrist in 2010 and has worked in a number of prisons with multi-disciplinary teams within Avon and South Gloucestershire.

Charlotte said: "I am absolutely delighted and honoured to have been awarded this fellowship. I am very grateful to those who provided citations in support, to the Royal College for electing me and for the opportunities AWP has given me over the years that I have worked for the Trust.

"I am a very enthusiastic teacher and trainer, motivated by a strong desire to enhance training experiences for trainees in psychiatry and increasing recruitment into, and parity of esteem, for our specialty. When I started my Consultant post, there were no junior doctors in the prisons. I have been involved in driving training experiences and posts for junior doctors at all levels in the prisons and now have a Foundation Year 2 doctor working alongside me, the first post of its kind in the country, as well as a core trainee and advanced trainee/registrar starting next year."

In December 2018 Charlotte received several nominations from trainees, and went on to win, the 'Trainer of the Year' award from the Severn School of Psychiatry.

Recipients of a fellowship are required to demonstrate and evidence significant contributions to the core purposes of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, which are:

  • Setting standards and promoting excellence in psychiatry and mental healthcare (such as examples of achieving high standards locally in service delivery, service development and innovation, research, teaching and examining)

  • Leading, representing and supporting psychiatrists (this would include, but is not limited to, all College work and work with relevant national or international organisations)

  • Working with patients, carers and their organisations (to improve services and deliver patient centred care)

As part of the process, candidates are asked to document their contributions to the college's stated aim of patient centred practice through professionalism, innovation and research, lifelong learning, fairness and inclusion, ethical practice and multi-disciplinary working.

Dr Sarah Constantine, Medical Director for AWP, said: "A fellowship is awarded as a mark of distinction and recognition of contribution to psychiatry and Charlotte is a well-deserved recipient. Prisons are a unique and challenging place to work and it takes courage and resilience to work and teach in them to effect changes for the better. Charlotte demonstrates excellent skills in working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, as well as working collaboratively with our partners, and I congratulate her on her achievement."

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