And so, the last blog! It’s sadly time for me to say goodbye to you and to all my friends at the RCPCH as I hand over to Steve Turner.
My journey, since I began in 2017, has been fascinating although rarely easy. We found ourselves faced with multiple unexpected events - with COVID-19 clearly at the top of the list.
...everyone pulling together to reach one clear objective: what’s best for child health
I can’t say we’ve always got it right, but I do believe over the last few years the College has shown strong leadership and resolve in the face of some difficult circumstances. I’m proud of what we’ve done together and the way the College has been able to wield influence in the press and corridors of power, especially in the last 12 months. I truly believe the College team is a fantastic group of people. What I’ve seen first-hand this last year is extraordinary, with everyone pulling together to reach one clear objective: what’s best for child health.
I cannot thank my fellow Senior Officers highly enough, led excellently by Russell [Viner], for their immense commitment and kindness these last few years. Russell hands over the RCPCH Presidency to Camilla [Kingdon] very soon, and I know she will continue to provide strong leadership. The College ultimately relies on the time and goodwill of clinicians and I can’t recommend it highly enough. It has been a truly remarkable time of my life and as I reach retirement from practice, I will remember very fondly years at RCPCH. Our electoral candidates this year came from a broad and diverse field, with more candidates than ever before, and it is good to know the future of our specialty and child health is in safe hands.
The College ultimately relies on the time and goodwill of clinicians and I can’t recommend it highly enough
Before I go, I have one last favour to ask. As clinicians and healthcare workers we have been fortunate to receive our vaccines, unlike many of our peers and vulnerable people around the world. I, like many, felt guilty that I could receive it so much more easily than other health care workers who don’t have our advantages. Thankfully we can do something about that. Like many others, I’ve donated to Gavi COVAX AMC each time I received a vaccine. For those who don’t know COVAX, or COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access to give its full title, it’s bringing equitable vaccination to those in poorer countries and is led by UNICEF, WHO, Gavi and the Vaccine Alliance amongst others. The COVAX Donation page is here. Please encourage your friends and family to do the same where they can.
And with that, it’s time for a new adventure. I wish Steve and Camilla the very best. And, thank you to everyone for their help, support and laughter these last few years. No doubt I’ll see many of you again in the future.
All the very best,
Dr Mike Linney (RCPCH Registrar 2017 – 2021)