“What we like to call the Oscars of psychiatry”

In opening yesterday’s award ceremony for the #RCPsychAwards  the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists described the celebration as like “the Oscars of Psychiatry”.

I can only speak personally but I have concerns about the award culture that has developed in psychiatry – and indeed in medicine generally. My fear is that such a culture may encourage deference to a professional body before patients. It also may discourage speaking up by professionals and in this way a particular narrative may be more easily sustained.

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