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Wendy Burn: On Ilkley Moor with cats

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j2714 (Published 21 June 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2714

Biography

Wendy Burn, 58, is a consultant old age psychiatrist at Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and president elect of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. She will take over from the current president, Simon Wessely, at the end of June. She knows the ropes, as she was dean of the college from 2011 to 2016. She says that, while a lot of good work has been done for patients with dementia, older people with depression and anxiety need more support. This will be a focus of her presidency, along with increasing mental health funding, promoting integration of physical and mental healthcare, recruiting and retaining more psychiatrists, increasing acute bed capacity, improving services for children, and cutting bureaucracy.

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