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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

December 2011

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RCPsych Awards 2011 - Maureen Lipman College news



Update from the President: RCPsych Awards 2011

Tuesday 15 November: almost 300 people crammed into the auditorium at the Royal Society of Medicine for the 3rd annual RCPsych Awards ceremony. The ceremony was expertly hosted by author and actor Maureen Lipman, who told a series of hilarious jokes and anecdotes. The entries received this year were simply outstanding, and it was a huge challenge for our judging panels to draw up the shortlists. Being shortlisted for the Awards is a great accomplishment in itself.


President, Professor Sue Bailey







Dr Laurence Mynors-Wallace







Psychiatrists’ Support Service







Hellenic Psychiatric Association UK Division







National Quality Board (NQB): engagement exercise







Mental health organisations welcome announcement of depression incentives for GP’s







New standards for psychological support for people living with HIV
  • Mental Health TV interviews the President

    Professor Sue Bailey answers questions sent in to Dr Andrew Macauley by members of the College and Mental Health TV.  


  • Podcast: Dr Laurence Mynors-Wallis

    The Registrar, Dr Laurence Mynors-Wallis, recently recorded a podcast with Dr Chrissy Boardman, Deputy Editor of the eNewsletter. He talks about issues for the profession, the role of the consultant psychiatrist, and his work as Registrar.   



  • College vacancies

    Appointment of a Specialist Adviser for the Psychiatrists’ Support Service

    The Psychiatrists’ Support Service (a confidential telephone advice and support service) receives a significant number of contacts. It has involvement with the General Medical Council and the National Clinical Assessment Service. A vacancy has arisen to lead and develop this important service within the College. The post is voluntary and the time commitment involved is approximately one session per week. The term of office is for a maximum of 5 years, and the post will commence in February 2012. The job description can be downloadedDeadline for applications: Monday 9 January 2012 and interviews at the College Headquarters in London on Wednesday 22 February 2012. Contact the Psychiatrists’ Support Service Manager or tel: 0207 245 0412 for a discussion about the role.



    Podcast Editor

    We are looking for someone to produce a regular series of high-quality podcasts for the College and CPD Online websites. The successful candidate will be expected to identify subjects of interest, commission podcasts, and liaise with both interviewers and interviewees. There is also the option to conduct some podcast interviews personally. It is likely that the Podcast Editor will need to devote about one or two sessions per month to this work, not including attendance at committee meetings. Supervision and training will be provided. The term of office will be one year initially. For a job description, contact Sophie Worth. Closing date: 23 December 2011.



    Examination Paper Writing Panels – Senior Trainee vacancies

    The College wishes to appoint Senior Trainees (SpR in at least 2nd year of training or ST5-6) to join the Examination Paper Writing Panels. A maximum of two Senior Trainee panel members will be appointed per panel. The MRCPsych Examinations consists of three written papers (Paper 1, 2 & 3) and a Clinical Assessment of Skills and Competencies (CASC) examination. Paper 3 is divided between two separate panels, responsible for the Critical Review and Clinical Topics components respectively. The panels are responsible for producing questions for the examinations question bank, from which questions are selected for the examination papers. The panels meet after the examination to review statistics. An application form and associated documents can be obtained from Dawn Marshall-Fannon. The closing date: 17 February 2012, with interviews in April 2012


  • National Audit of Schizophrenia (NAS)– final stages of data collection

    Psychiatrists have been asked to complete audit forms for their patients. The Audit Team would like to thank those clinicians who have taken part. If you know your Trust’s unique Trust ID for NAS, you can monitor progress on the NAS Trust returns web page. To find out more  please visit NAS or contact the NAS Team. Tel: 020 7977 4982.



  • RCPsych in Scotland Autumn 2011: Update  

    SNP Conference

    In October we attended the SNP Annual Conference in Inverness and hosted a joint Fringe event with the Samaritans, Scotland on Economic strain and suicide risk in Scotland– Explaining the Links, chaired by the Minister for Public Health, Michael Matheson MSP.

    Mental Health Strategy for Scotland 2011-2015

    The Scottish Government is currently consulting on a mental health strategy for the next four years. Any member wishing to comment on the strategy can do so to Karen Addie by 24 January 2011.

    Alcohol (Minimum Pricing)(Scotland) Bill

    The Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee has called for written evidence, seeking views on the general principles of the Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Bill introduced by the Scottish Government on 31 October 2011. The evidence received will inform the Committee’s consideration of the Bill at Stage 1. Members wishing to submit comments on this can do so before 1 December 2011 to Karen Addie.

    Other consultation documents

    RCPsych recently responded to the Call for Evidence on the Scrutiny of the Scottish Spending Review 2011 and Draft Budget 2012-13. We also responded to the Equal Opportunities Committee who was doing some work on Women Offenders.


  • News from College members

    Professor George Ikkos, formerly Hon. Treasurer, has been elected first Chair of the newly established Hellenic Psychiatric Association UK Division. Officers include:

    • Honorary Secretary Dr Dimitris Paschos

    • Academic Secretary Dr Eleni Palazidou

    • Trainee Lead Dr Nikos Christodoulou.

    Membership of the UK Division is open to all Specialists and Trainees in Psychiatry registered in the UK and interested in Hellenic Psychiatry, irrespective of ethnic origin. Study trips to Greece, Cyprus and other centres of Hellenic Medicine in the Future are being discussed. The programme of forthcoming academic activities:

    • Focus on Bipolar Disorder, London 1 March 2012, confirmed speakers  include Professor Nick Craddock, Cardiff University and Hon. Treasurer of the College.

    • A joint meeting with the Hellenic Medical Society UK on "No Health without Mental Health" in 2012 is under consideration.

    • Psychiatry and Emotion: Neuroscience, History and Culture, 14 March 2013, with the Royal Society of Medicine Section of Psychiatry and Professor Angelos Chaniotis, Institute of Advanced Studies, Princeton University; confirmed speakers include Professor Randolph Nesse, University of Michigan on Evolution and Psychiatry.

    For further information contact Professor George Ikkos or Dr Dimitris Paschos.



  • Benefits of membership

    New Health and Social Care Journals available to members

    The Library has recently subscribed to five new health and social care journals, including British Journal of Forensic Practise and Mental Health & Social Inclusion. You can view the full list of journals here. To receive the electronic table of contents for these or any other library journals in our collection, please notify us in the Library.


  • College in the media 

    Mental health organisations welcome announcement of depression incentives for GP’s

    “We are delighted to learn that the Quality and Outcomes Framework will continue to include indicators for depression in 2012,” according to the leaders of 10 leading mental health organisations, including the College. Commenting on the changes to the quality and outcomes framework, effective from 1 April 2012, the organisations said, “Mental health problems – primarily depressive and anxiety disorders - account for almost one GP consultation in four and 23% of the burden of illness in the UK. Many people with mental health problems already struggle to get the treatment they need and this decision retains an important incentive for family doctors to manage the care of millions of patients with common mental health problems.”  

    New standards for psychological support for people living with HIV

    The first UK standards for psychological support for people living with HIV have been  published  by the British Psychological Society, the British HIV Association, and the Medical Foundation for AIDS & Sexual Health and will help ensure access to consistent and high quality psychological support across the country for all people who live with HIV. These have been endorsed by the College’s Liaison Psychiatry Faculty.  



National Statistics - measuring national well-being



  • National Statistics - measuring national well-being  

    Proposed Domains and Headline Indicators for Measuring National Well-being builds on the responses to the national debate on measuring national well-being in 2010-11, research into well-being and related international initiatives. The proposals are part of the Office for National Statistics Measuring National Well-being Programme. The College will be responding to this consultation. Please send any comments to Claire Churchill by 15 January 2012.


  • General Medical Council - What can you expect from your doctor?

    The GMC has launched a major consultation on its core guidance for doctors in the UK. Every doctor is expected to meet the standards set by the GMC in Good Medical Practice. In the new draft, doctors are asked to take a lead role in making sure a patient’s safety, comfort and dignity are always maintained throughout their care. The consultation asks doctors and patients to answer a number of questions, including if doctors should avoid treating themselves and those close to them. You can submit your response via the GMC’s consultation website. Closing date: 10 February 2012



Alzheimer’s Society - People with dementia missing out on direct payments







St Mungo’s - Battered, Broken, Bereft: why people are still sleeping rough report







NSPCC report: 200,000 babies at risk of abuse







B-eat - survey into eating disorders & bullying


News from other organisations and the NHS



Department of Health and other governement departments

  • Rise in number of attacks against NHS staff

  • NHS Commissioning Board Authority goes live

  • Launch of Phase One of Children and Young People’s IAPT

  • New ‘Talk to FRANK’ campaign goes live

  • Response to the Cooperation and Competition Panel’s report on patient choice

  • National survey of investment in mental health services

  • Mental Health Community Teams Activity data: 2011-12 Quarter

  • National programme to accelerate learning for health and wellbeing boards


Readiness for revalidation report

This report sets out a comprehensive snapshot of clinical governance and appraisal systems in the context of revalidation for the health sector in England at 31 March 2011.


Alzheimer’s Society - People with dementia missing out on direct payments

The Alzheimer’s Society has launched ‘Getting personal? Making personal budgets work for people with dementia’ and is calling for the personal budget system to be adapted to meet the specific needs of people with dementia. More than three quarters of people with dementia who receive social care support at home are not using direct payments or other personal budgets.


Centre for Social Justice

A new report, Completing the revolution – Transforming mental health and tackling poverty, warns that the poorest with mental health problems are failed by ‘care’ in the community’. Many patients are being neglected and denied access to treatment because the closure of the old asylums was not accompanied by a parallel expansion of primary mental health services provided by GPs, psychiatrists and nurses


St Mungo’s - Battered, Broken, Bereft: rough sleeping report

This new report includes findings from the first ever survey of outreach workers across England as well as statistics from St Mungo's survey of its 1,500 clients - the largest survey of homeless people of its kind.


NSPCC report: 200,000 babies at risk of abuse

A new report, All Babies count: prevention and protection for vulnerable babies, sets out a comprehensive snapshot of clinical governance and appraisal systems in the context of revalidation for the health sector in England at 31 March 2011.


Record number of complaints and disciplinary hearings against doctors

The General Medical Council received the highest ever number of complaints against doctors and held a record number of investigations and Fitness to Practise hearings in 2010. The annual report of Fitness to Practise statistics shows it received 7,153 complaints in 2010, compared with 5,773 in 2009.  


Updates from NICE


National Voices: Principles for Integrated Care

National Voice, a coalition of health and social care charities working to strengthen the voice of patients, have developed 12 Principles for Integrated Care based on the experiences of service users and on research evidence.


B-eat - survey into eating disorders & bullying

A survey of over 600 people by Beat, the leading UK eating disorders charity, has revealed that 65% felt bullying had contributed to their eating disorder. This is a 41% increase on a similar survey carried out by the charity in 2009. 


NHS Confederation

  • Report reveals significant challenges for mental health tariff

    A new report has found that people working in mental health in the NHS are enthusiastic about making payment by results work, but creating the first mental health tariff faces significant challenges before it can be implemented properly.  

  • Integrated service improves care and saves at least £3.4 million

    NHS Confederation's Mental Health Network, with the Centre for Mental Health and the London School of Economics and Political Science: an evaluation of the integration of mental and physical health services in one city centre hospital (Birmingham City Hospital called Rapid Assessment Interface and Discharge) found that it has improved care for patients while making estimated savings of between £3.4 and £9.5 million a year.


CPD Online: Stimulants: epidemiology and impact on mental health





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