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

October 2011

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New: President’s blog: Professor Sue Bailey

Welcome to my new Presidential blog. I hope to keep you updated on key issues at the College - and give you a flavour of some of the work I do as your President. All the work I do is centred around promoting the role, purpose and value of doctors who are psychiatrists. Through working with other mental health professionals and the voluntary sector, and through trying to shape policy across governments, I hope to improve services for people with mental illness.

 Mental Health TV






CPD Online







Spirituality and Psychiatry Special Interest Group






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  • Mental Health TV: Dr Andrew MacCauley would like to hear from you

    “I'm interviewing Professor Sue Bailey, the new President for a video news item. I would like to hear from members about any questions that they would like me to put to her.” Please email





  • Parliamentary update: Health and Social Care Bill and Party conferences  

    The government is overhauling the NHS in England. The plans will see the biggest changes in the NHS since its foundation, and have unsurprisingly proved controversial. Under the plans, GPs and other clinicians will be given much more responsibility for spending the budget in England, and greater competition with the private sector will be encouraged. Read our latest update.



  • MPs learn how to commission mental health services

    The Joint Commissioning Panel attended a special Parliamentary session on commissioning this month. Answering questions from a large audience of MPs and Peers, Dr Neil Deuchar and Professor Helen Lester warned the group about the practical challenges of getting commissioning 'right'.



  • Invitation: RCPsych Awards Ceremony 2011

    The Awards Ceremony 2011 will be held on Tuesday 15 November at the Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE. Doors open at 3.15 pm and the ceremony begins at 3.45 pm, to be followed by a drinks reception. Hosted by actress and author Maureen Lipman, the winners in each category will be announced at the ceremony. Admittance is free and by ticket only, allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. To request tickets, email Nicola Boyce by Friday 21 October 2011. Please include in your email: the name and title of the person each ticket is for, and email address for each person.


  • New and improved benefits to members

    From January 2012, the full-text of Advances in Psychiatric Treatment will be available to all members free online as part of their annual RCPsych membership and the the cost of the print version of the journal will drop to £50 per year. Members with existing subscriptions will automatically receive a renewal notice for the print version at the reduced price. Read more about these changes.

    Great news about CPD Online too - from January 2012 members will be able to subscribe for just £45 + VAT, a 40% saving! At the same time the number of CPD hours that you can use CPD Online to contribute to your CPD requirements each year rises from 10 to 25 – half your annual requirement. Members who already subscribe will receive automatically adjusted renewal notices from September onwards. Members can also access the online version of Evidence-Based Mental Health for free through the members’ secure area. Print copies of the journal are just £10 per year for all four issues.



  • RCPsych Position statement: Recommendations for psychiatrists on spirituality and religion

    Evidence suggests that the relationship between spirituality/religion and mental health is a positive one, and there may be benefits associated with considering spiritual and religious factors within treatment planning. The statement recommends that psychiatrists consider a tactful and sensitive exploration of patients’ religious beliefs and spirituality during consultations – but that psychiatrists should also ensure that a patients’ lack of religious or spiritual beliefs is equally respected.



  • New RCPsych Publications: Books Beyond Words series

    The Books Beyond Words series tells stories just using pictures to help people with intellectual disabilities understand difficult situations, including depression and developing healthy sexual relationships:



National Quality Board (NQB): engagement exercise







Consultation on the Fundamental Review of Data Returns



  • Changes to regulations for Care Quality Commission (CQC) registration  

    The CQC took responsibility for the regulation of health and adult social care providers in April 2009. The Department of Health has carried out an early review of the regulations that underpin this system to ensure that the CQC learn from early implementation experiences and that the system reflects the Government’s objective of keeping the burden of regulation to a minimum. This initial review has identified 19 proposals which cover a range of issues under three broad headings:

    • changes to the extent of regulation,

    • technical amendments to the regulations,

    • minor clarifications to the regulations.

    If you are interesting in contributing to the College’s response, email: Claire Churchill.


  • Preventing suicide in England  

    This document sets out a proposal for a new suicide prevention strategy for England with the aims of reducing the suicide rate and improving support for those bereaved or affected by suicide. If you are interested in contributing to the College's response, email: Claire Churchill.



  • National Quality Board (NQB): engagement exercise  

    The NQB is leading an engagement exercise to inform the development of a library of NHS healthcare topics for Quality Standard development. The NQB has asked NICE to carry out this exercise on their behalf. NICE will be developing and preparing the Quality Standards. The purpose of this engagement exercise is to allow those with an interest in Quality Standards to become involved in helping to ensure the library is fit for purpose. The proposed list of NHS healthcare topics for Quality Standard development can be found on the NICE website together with full details of how to respond. Closing date: 14 October 2011.  


  • Consultation on the Fundamental Review of Data Returns  

    This consultation builds on the Government’s commitment in the NHS White Paper Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS to undertake a fundamental review of data returns. The consultation proposes that 25 per cent of returns are discontinued. Please email





General Medical Council: The State of Medical Education and Training







ABPI: new Code of Practice for the Pharmaceutical Industry







NICE Quality Standard for Alcohol Dependence







SANE launches nationwide Black Dog


News from other organisations and the NHS



Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management: website and enews

The medical royal colleges and the Academy recently established the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management. The Faculty will publish monthly updates through its enews.


General Medical Council: The State of Medical Education and Training

The GMC has launched a new report, The State of Medical Education and Training, on the nature of medical practice today and the pressures facing health services.


One in 10 suicides linked to chronic illness

A new report from Demos says that much greater attention should be paid to providing better support for at-risk patients. At least one person every day takes their life while suffering from a chronic or terminal illness.


ABPI: new Code of Practice for the Pharmaceutical Industry

The ABPI has recently published its new Code of Practice for the Pharmaceutical Industry.The attached letter from the ABPI informs us about HMRC’s request to pharmaceutical companies for information about payments made to members of the medical profession.


Care Quality Commission: mental health services survey

The survey collected the experiences of over 17,000 people who received care in the 65 NHS mental health trusts in England between July and September 2010.


NICE Quality Standard for Alcohol Dependence

The NICE Quality Standards Team has launched the Quality Standard for Alcohol dependence and harmful alcohol use.


Department of Health and NHS

  • NHS Future Forum

    The government has asked the NHS Future Forum to continue its conversations with service users and professionals following its listening exercise on NHS reforms. It will work on four themes:

    • information

    • education and training

    • integrated care

    • the public’s health.

  • Common clinical language for NHS to improve patient care and safety

    The Department of Health have proposed a common clinical language for the NHS to improve electronic communication between clinicians, both accurately and safely across England.

  • National search for new ideas to improve the lives of people with dementia

    The Department of Health and the Design Council have launched an initiative that will fund teams to develop new design-led ideas for products and services that make lives simpler, better and more enjoyable for those with dementia and their carers by. The Design Council has launched a social network to access extensive research on dementia, meet others to form teams, and download the call for entries. Closing date: 30 September 2011.
  • Search for healthcare app launched

    Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has launched a competition to generate new ideas for healthcare apps to help patients make informed decisions about their care. Medical professionals and the public are invited to submit new ideas, identify their favourite existing health apps and to vote for others’ ideas. The apps should relate to one of five themes: personalisation and choice of care and support; better health and care outcomes; autonomy and accountability; improving public health; and improving long-term care and support.


£18 million for dementia research announced

The government has announced an £800 million investment in health research over the next five years. £18 million of this will go towards dementia research. These monies will be split between four new biomedical research units specialising in dementia research, at the University of Cambridge, Newcastle University, Kings College London and University College London.


Up to 27 million people living with undiagnosed dementia worldwide

The World Alzheimer Report 2011, 'The benefits of early diagnosis and intervention', commissioned by Alzheimer's Disease International estimates that early diagnosis could create savings of up to US$10,000 (£6,254) per person. Three-quarters of the estimated 36 million people with dementia worldwide do not have a formal diagnosis.   


Joseph Rowntree Foundation: young people, alcohol and the media

A new study explores the representations of alcohol and drinking in media accessed by young people and how these messages are interpreted and the influence they had on their drinking.


Personal health budgets: the views of service users and carers

The NHS Confederation has published a report that examines the views of mental health service users and carers on personal health budgets.


Children in care at ‘record levels’

Social services are recommending that more children than ever be taken into care. Record increases in care applications have been seen since November 2008 with the trial over the death of Baby P, according to the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service.


SANE launches nationwide Black Dog

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of SANE, Black Dog sculptures have been placed across London and other major UK cities to raise awareness, reduce stigma and misunderstanding of mental health problems and to encourage more people to seek help. The Black Dog has been used as a metaphor for depression from Classical mythology through to Medieval folklore and contemporary times. "We hope the physical presence of a black dog will help people to define their experience of this invisible condition and provide a language in which to express inner feelings of anxiety, depression and loneliness,” said Marjorie Wallace, Chief Executive.


Age Action Alliance

The Department of Work and Pensions are supporting Age UK in the development of a wide partnership of players drawn from public, private and civil society organisations to take forward a preventative, community-based approach to improving the quality of life of the worst off older people.







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