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Adrian James: It’s all about the bike

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j3180 (Published 05 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3180

Biography

Adrian James is consultant forensic psychiatrist at Devon Partnership Trust and registrar of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. For five years he chaired the college committee charged with parliamentary liaison, lobbying ministers and attending party conferences—an “initially horrifying” experience that he grew to like. It also gave him plenty of chances to say hello to his wife, Sarah Wollaston, a GP who is the MP for Totnes. Despite seeing real progress he believes that achieving true parity of esteem for mental health requires action to match the words.

What was your earliest ambition?

To be a coach driver.

What was your best career move?

Going straight into psychiatric training—the most interesting and rewarding medical specialty with the very best future.

What was the worst mistake in your career?

Not following through on my amateurish early work on outcome focused care.

How is your work-life balance?

Fine, actually: lots of both makes for …

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