Congratulations to Dr Denise Taylor who successfully recredentialed with the College recently.
Dr Denise Taylor is Pūkenga Matua - Senior Lecturer, Te Kura Tapuhi Hauora — School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Health Practice, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand (where Maori names and titles are often presented alongside their English equivalent).
Denise also has a distinguished history with the CMHP. She is served on the CMHP Council for several years, including as President.
The recredentialing reviewer complimented Denise on her impressive portfolio, including writing the chapter on dementia for the Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics textbook, supervising a PhD student and publishing work on social prescribing together with many active years in mental health.
Denise sent this message to her CMHP colleagues:
Kia ora koutou katoa (Hello one and all),
I find myself living and working back home in New Zealand and yet still steadfastly linked to the College of Mental Health Pharmacy (CMHP). I originally joined the Psychiatric Pharmacy Group in 1987 or ’88 (obviously I was still a child!) as I was working on the psychiatric wards at the Maudsley and the Dulwich Hospital's at the time. I remember to this day attending and presenting at my first ever conference for the group and winning a best poster/presentation prize. I was hooked.
I became an elected committee member from 2003 to 2009 and supported the transition to the CMHP in 2010 before stints as Vice President and President. CMHP is part of who I am as a pharmacist, and informs my teaching, practice and research in mental health. Re-credentialling still matters to me as it demonstrates my commitment to best practice in mental health and ensuring my students see the person behind the patient they are treating and develop therapeutic relationships where sharing medicines information and enabling patient choices in the decision making of appropriate medicines.
If you are still thinking about being credentialled, please do. Feel the fear and do it anyway. It demonstrates your commitment, knowledge, and expertise in this still highly stigmatised field of practice. We need you and people with mental ill health really do need you.
Our credentialed members are required to go through recredentialing every five years. Credentialed members are full members of the College and can carry the post-nominals MCMHP.