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Professor Kieran Murphy elected as President of the Medical Council

The newly appointed Medical Council today elected Professor Kieran Murphy as President of the Medical Council. Since 2002, Kieran Murphy has been Professor and Chairman of the Academic Department of Psychiatry, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He is also Chairman of the Clinical Department of Psychiatry and Consultant Psychiatrist at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. He chaired the Health Committee of the outgoing Medical Council and was a member of its Education and Training and Fitness to Practice Committees. (Further details are attached)

Professor Murphy said: "The primary responsibility of the Medical Council lies in the protection of the public. In addition, the Medical Council has a role in supporting and regulating doctors to ensure the public's protection. The patient-doctor relationship is a privileged one that is dependent on the patient's trust in the doctor's professionalism."
"The role of the Medical Council is to safeguard the public by ensuring that the quality of the doctor's competence, behaviours and relationships that underlie this professionalism is maintained in the patient-doctor relationship. We must therefore have processes for ensuring patient safety that are efficient, transparent and fair to both the general public and doctors."

"Implementation of the Medical Practitioner's Act 2007 poses a formidable challenge for the new Medical Council. To fulfil these statutory requirements, we need to modernise and reform our structures, incorporating both the traditional committee structures with working group models which have specific objectives and time frames. There are important challenges ahead for the new Medical Council. Although guided by our recent history, we must look forward and work tirelessly to ensure we fulfil our obligations. The public and doctors are depending on us."


Kieran Murphy
After graduating from UCD in 1987, Kieran Murphy initially trained in Internal Medicine at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin. Subsequently, he trained in Psychiatry at St John of God Hospital, Dublin where he also obtained a Masters Degree in Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy from UCD. He moved to Cardiff University in 1994 where he completed his higher clinical training in Psychiatry, undertook two research fellowships and obtained a PhD in Psychiatric Genetics. In 1999, he was appointed Senior Lecturer in Behavioural Genetics at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London and in 2002, he took up his current appointment as Professor and Chairman of the Academic Department of Psychiatry, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. In addition, he is Chairman of the Clinical Department of Psychiatry and Consultant Psychiatrist at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.

Kieran Murphy is Convenor of the Ethics Committee at Beaumont Hospital and Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Video Journal of Psychiatry, an on-line teaching and learning resource for post-graduate training and continuing professional development for Psychiatrists. He sits on the Board of the Irish College of Psychiatrists, Medical Faculty Board of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and is Honorary Secretary and Board Member of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Phenotypes. He has worked extensively with patient groups including the VCFS-UK Support Group, Max Appeal and the Tuberous Sclerosis Association and is a founder member of 22q11 Ireland, a family support group for people with 22q11 Deletion syndrome. As a member of the outgoing Medical Council, he chaired its Health Committee and was a member of the Education and Training and Fitness to Practice Committees

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