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

RCPsych eNewsletter - July 2012

College news


Other news



Professor Sue Bailey, President of RCPsych

College news


President's Update

Over the last month, Sue has been out and about in the South-East and the Tees Valley, and attended the official opening of the Institute of Mental Health’s new £7 million building in Nottingham. And in Manchester, she saw first-hand how knitting can help older people avoid isolation. A chest infection meant Sue was unable to blog in early June, but she returned with a bumper blog about the Commons mental health debate, LSE report and Council and another about handbags.

Drug chart standards to reduce hospital prescribing errors







Important new requirement for a capacity assessment of CTO patients automomatically referred to the Tribunal







Rabone and another (Appellants) v Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust (Respondent)







The RCPsych YouTube Channel







President’s update: Bill survey analysis



  • New College vacancies

    Associate-Registrar: Leadership and Management

    The successful candidate will lead our work in supporting and developing leadership and management in psychiatry. Closing date for applications: 27 July 2012. Find out more...

    Psychiatrists required for the MRCPsych CASC Panel

    We wish to appoint members from the Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry and General Psychiatry to join the panel responsible for writing stations in the Clinical Assessment of Skills and Competencies (CASC) Examination. Closing date for applications: 5pm on 31 August 2012. Find out more...

    E-group on Professional Ethics to support College work

    The Special Committee on Professional Practice and Ethics (SCPPE) would like to establish an e-group of people prepared to advise on issues of professional ethics. Several members of the committee are currently working on this area under the leadership of Dr Chris Freeman. These members would link in with the egroup to develop work on professional ethics. If you have an interest or expertise in this area and can support our work, primarily by email with the occasional telephone conference, please send a short application to Claire Churchill by 31 July 2012. Please include information about your qualifications and expertise, and briefly state what you have to offer the Committee.

    Special Committee on Human Rights

    The Special Committee on Human Rights (SCHR) has upcoming vacancies for the Chair, Vice-Chair and four Committee Members. Deadline for applications: 27th July. Find out more...



  • New College appointments

    Congratulations to the following members who have recently been appointed to the following College roles:

    • Associate Dean Education Policy and Strategy: Dr Stuart Carney

    • Associate Dean Equivalence: Dr Helen Bruce

    • Associate-Registrar (Public Engagement): Dr Jim Bolton

    • College Lead on the Mental Health of Asylum Seekers: Professor Cornelius Katona

    • Specialist Adviser for Assessment: Dr Nick Brown

    • Specialist Adviser for the Curriculum: Dr Andrew Brittlebank



  • Report from Dr Julie Chalmers: RCPsych Specialist Adviser: Mental Health Law

    Important information about the content of reports for the first tier Tribunal (Mental Health): Practice Directions

    We would like draw your attention to the recent Practice Direction from Lord Justice Carnwath, Senior President of Tribunals, specifying the content of the statements and reports that must be provided to the tribunal, and to highlight a new requirement and responsibility of the Responsible Clinician in relation to patients whose cases are automatically referred to the tribunal and who are, or become Community Patients (i.e. subject to a CTO). The Tribunal’s updated Reports booklet had incorporated the Practice Direction.

    Important new requirement for a capacity assessment of CTO patients automomatically referred to the Tribunal: Automatic referrals and CTO patients – the law

    A change to the tribunal rules now permits a ‘paper only’ consideration by the tribunal (rather than a full hearing) if the community patient is 18 or over and makes a capacitous decision that they do not wish to attend a hearing nor wish their legal representative to attend a hearing on their behalf. Find out more...

    Rabone and another (Appellants) v Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust (Respondent) – what does this judgement mean for psychiatrists?

    The judgement of the Supreme Court in the above case has led some psychiatrists to be concerned about that the implications of this judgement may have a negative impact on our day-to-day care of patients who present a risk of suicide leading to much more defensive practice including an increased use of the Mental Health Act. Find out more...




  • Films wanted for the College YouTube Channel

    The RCPsych YouTube Channel has been running for the past year and has had nearly 14,000 views. The existing videos include animations, short films and documentary pieces, video diaries of events and interviews. We are keen for members to contribute to this resource which could also include educational videos directed at trainees, patients and relatives or the general public; reviews of films, books, research, events or anything else related to psychiatry that you can make a video about. You may already have films that you would like to contribute, or you may have a project in mind that the channel would provide a platform for wider access. Please email to discuss how your material could be uploaded.



  • The role of the Chief Clinical Information Officers in mental health

    This one-day workshop to be held on 17 July 2012, The King’s Fund, 11-13 Cavendish Square, London W1 is being organised jointly by the RCPsych and EHealth Insider. The day will examine the value and potential development of the new CCIO role in mental health and is relevant to members with an interest in clinical information, its application to improve patient care and the potential of clinical information leadership. Register for free.



  • College in the press: RCPsych welcomes mental health debate

    A historic Parliamentary debate where MPs from all political parties discussed mental health in the main chamber of the House of Commons was held on 14 June 2012. Professor Sue Bailey, President, said: “The College welcomed the debate on mental health and I was overwhelmed by the honesty and openness with which the topic was discussed by MPs. A full debate on mental health was long overdue and never before have parliamentarians spoken so openly about mental health issues that have affected them personally. I hope that this is one further step along the road to ensuring everyone can be open about mental health without fear of stigma.”



Liberating the NHS: No decision about me, without me







Interim response from Mary Nettle, member of RCPsych Service User Recovery Forum






  • Liberating the NHS: No decision about me, without me

    The Department of Health is consulting further on detailed proposals to implement the Government’s commitment to giving patients more say and choice over their care and treatment. If you are interested in contributing to the College’s response, contact Claire Churchill by end of July 2012.

    Response from Mary Nettle, member of RCPsych Service User Recovery Forum

    "The Government has asked for views around shared decision making with little mention of capacity which is at the core of many consultations, particularly in mental health services. How can people with fluctuating capacity be included in shared decision making?” Find out more...


Other vacancies


  • Psychiatrists required to work in the Tribunal Service

    The Tribunal Service is recruiting Consultant Psychiatrists to work in England and Wales. To apply you should have recent experience as a practising Consultant Psychiatrist and be a Member, Fellow or Specialist Associate of the College. Open for applications 11 July 2012; closing date: noon 15 August 2012.



  • Department seeks non executive directors for Health Education England

    The Secretary of State for Health is seeking to appoint up to four non executive directors to Health Education England (HEE), a new special health authority which is due to be established on 28 June 2012. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 20 July 2012.




How can we create dementia friendly communities?






Discrimination against mental illness in the NHS







British Medical Association: Sixth report of the BMA cohort study







NICE: first medicines and prescribing app







MoD - Army launches phase two of mental health awareness campaign







Homeless Link and St Mungo’s publish report on hospitals and the homeless



News from other organisations and the NHS


Health and Life Sciences Group agrees new clinical trials transparency principles

The Ethical Standards in Health and Life Sciences Group, of which the RCPsych is a member, has published a new series of Clinical Trial Transparency Principles and Facts. This is the first time that leading healthcare professional bodies and senior representatives of the pharmaceutical industry have agreed to a joint approach on this issue. This is an important step forward in the on-going move across the entire research community to drive best practice in clinical research reporting.


How can we create dementia friendly communities? Have your say

The Alzheimer’s Society and the Department of Health would like to hear your views on creating dementia friendly communities. You can comment until 31 July and these will inform the work of the dementia friendly communities champion group.  


Discrimination against mental illness in the NHS

How mental health loses out in the NHS by the Mental Health Policy Group, convened by Professor Lord Layard of the LSE Centre for Economic Performance, concludes that the under-treatment of people with crippling mental illnesses is the most glaring case of health inequality in our country. Read the President’s response.


GMC launches new tribunal service for UK doctors

The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service is a new impartial adjudication function for doctors. Based in Manchester, the MPTS is part of the GMC but operationally separate from the regulator’s complaint handling, investigation and case presentation. It will take over all fitness to practise cases relating to registered doctors from the GMC.


Health/social care services must adapt to meet older people’s care needs

The College is one of 13 organisations to help develop The Silver Book, a set of quality standards for the emergency care of older people. It recommends ways emergency admissions can be reduced and the experience of those admitted improved. It considers all the clinical contacts which a patient might have during an emergency and suggests minimum standards and responses for each service. A core focus is the skills and competencies needed by healthcare staff. 


British Medical Association: Sixth report of the BMA cohort study

This report of 2006 medical graduates provides information on the work and experiences of doctors who have completed general practice specialty training and cohort doctors undertaking hospital specialty training. It provides insights into their interest in medicine, career choice and future career progress.  


MPs conclude that NHS workforce plans are unclear and lack crucial detail  

Government plans to reform education, training and workforce planning in the NHS are unclear and lack crucial detail, says the Health Select Committee. Plans to reform handling of the £5billion annual training budget are welcome in principle, but without greater clarity and detail, coupled with a greater sense of urgency about their implementation, the success of new arrangements is at risk. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges welcomed the report.


Department of Health 


NICE: first medicines and prescribing app 

NICE has launched its first medicines and prescribing app for use on Smart phones. The app is called NICE BNF and has been developed to provide easy access to the latest up-to-date prescribing information from the BNF. The app is available free to health and care professionals in England and can be downloaded via the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.


National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness:call for new research topics

The National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide’s call for research topics will identify new themed projects to be carried out between 2013 and 2015, to complement its core work. The deadline for submission is 28 September  2012. If you wish to suggest a topic please complete and submit a topic proposal form.


ACCEA: 2012 Clinical Excellence Awards

ACCEA has issued guidance and supporting material for the 2012 Clinical Excellence Awards round. The online application process will be open from 28 May until 17 August 2012.


Professor Sir Neil Douglas, Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, said: "We are pleased that the Government has agreed to open the Clinical Excellence Awards round for 2012. The scheme is a robust and transparent process for recognising and rewarding clinical excellence of doctors at local and national level. This encourages high quality care and innovation at local level, but also helps ensure that at a national level the country remains a competitive centre of medical excellence. We now look forward to the publication of the independent DDRB report so we can engage in discussions on a sustainable future for the scheme."


MoD - Army launches phase two of mental health awareness campaign

The Army has launched phase two of its 'Don't Bottle It Up' campaign which focuses on reducing the stigma surrounding mental health. Phase two was launched with a new page on the Army website offering help and advice to soldiers and family members.


Homeless Link and St Mungo’s publish report on hospitals and the homeless

The report indicates that more than 70% of homeless people are being discharged from hospital back onto the streets, damaging their health. It found that NHS staff can improve health outcomes for homeless people and save the NHS money by ensuring all patients have somewhere appropriate to stay when they are discharged from hospital. 


Charity criticises GPs over detained torture survivors

GPs working in Britain's Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs) have come under criticism from Medical Justice for failing to protect survivors of torture from being detained for long periods. In a detailed report of 50 cases, The Second Torture found systematic failings on the part of GPs working in IRCs to properly examine patients, document tell-tale scars and other signs of torture, or call for the release of torture survivors, even though these are part and parcel of the official Detention Centre Rules 2001. 


Mental Health Alliance: New health and social care system must protect rights of people detained under Mental Health Act

The Mental Health Act 2007: a review of its implementation examines key issues in the operation of the Mental Health Act five years on. It finds that while there have been some improvements in the treatment of people detained under the Act, there remain major concerns about the use of compulsory powers and the availability of advocacy and support for the most vulnerable people.


The World Federation for Mental Health: The Great Push for Mental Health

The WFMH set up its programme The Great Push for Mental Health in 2009. The WFMH now is embarking on a survey of around 500 organisations from 104 countries in order to inform the WHO of the views of civil society. The WHO has indicated it would be pleased to receive this, but they need the results by the end of June 2012. Following that, the WFMH will be sending out a further round of questions as a two part Delphi exercise with the help of the Collaborating Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London to try to achieve a consensus. The latter they intend to incorporate in the “People's Charter for Mental Health" which will also be presented to WHO as a reference guide to the views and requirements of civil society.


European Medicines Agency launches website for suspected side-effect reports

The European Medicines Agency has begun publishing suspected side-effect reports for medicines authorised in the European Economic Area on a new public website. The information published relates to approximately 650 medicines and active substances authorised through the centralised procedure, which is managed by the Agency.


World Psychiatric Association 2013 Bucharest Congress

Facilitating Mental Health, Primary Care & Public Health Integration, For Southeast Europe and Eurasia: Romania, 10-13 April 2013. The Congress will focus on practical applications of primary care, mental health and public health integration by identifying national and regional challenges, stimulating collaborations, creative integrative solutions, and sharing evidence of best practices and lessons learned to strengthen and modernize health systems.



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