Julian Beezhold, Consultant in Emergency Psychiatry at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, has been elected unanimously as Secretary General of the European Psychiatric Association (EPA).
A member of EPA for nine years, Julian was the lead writer for its new constitution adopted unanimously last year at an Extraordinary General Assembly. This has led to 33 national associations, including the Royal College of Psychiatrists, joining the previously individual member EPA to form the largest psychiatric organisation in Europe with over 40 000 members.
For the first time in the association's history, its 18-strong board includes two members from the UK, namely Julian, and Sue Bailey, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Julian will serve as part of the Executive Committee within the Board that oversees the EPA's day to day work. The EPA organises the annual European Congress of Psychiatry, which attracts almost 5,000 delegates from over 70 countries.
The EPA also publishes the journal European Psychiatry, promotes excellence inscientific research, produces major Guidance Papers and runs international EPA Academia educational activities. The EPA works in close collaboration with other international organisations such as the World Health Organisation and the Union of European Medical Specialities.
"The EPA is in a position to influence clinical and research policy and practice at both European and national level in mental health and it is really great that the Trust is able to contribute to this. This helps build on other previous and on-going European links established by the Trust." explained Julian.
"The great benefit of working within the EPA is that we are able to learn from the varied ways in which our colleagues across Europe work. The EPA doesn't want everyone to be the same - it values diversity while working to ensure excellence in the quality of research, academic and clinical practice."
Notes to the editor:
Julian Beezhold is the clinical lead for the acute pathway redesign as part of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trusts’ Service Strategy.