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

RCPsych eNewsletter - June 2012

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Professor Sue Bailey, President of RCPsych College news



President's Update: new podcast

Dr Chrissy Boardman talks to Professor Sue Bailey, our President, about her role. Listen.


President's Blog

This month, Sue has been busy blogging about her trip to the American Psychiatric Association in Philadelphia  and her visit to the Eastern Division. She expressed her serious concerns about reports in the HSJ that an SHA has asked staff to plan for a cut of nearly two-thirds in its mental health research and analysis budget – but found cause for celebration in the publication of the 2012/2013 MPET budget .She also blogged about Baroness Hollins’ appearance on Desert Island Discs, taxi drivers, and socks and submarines.


New Dean: Dr Wendy Burn







New Chief Examiner - Dr Peter Bowie







Dr Laurence Mynors-Wallis, Registrar







Improving Physical and Mental Health website







Dr Rajini Ramana, Consultant Psychiatrist, Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust



  • Dean’s Update: Dr Wendy Burn

    “I have now been in office for 6 months. It has been a fantastic experience and a steep learning curve. Here is a brief summary of some of the recent issues I have been dealing with.



  • College appointments

    New Chief Examiner

    Dr Bowie is a Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry with Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust and Clinical Director for Specialist Services (which includes dementia services), and Director of Postgraduate Medical Education. “To me, being chief examiner is the ultimate chance to influence the standard for training in my profession, which is a fantastic opportunity. I am also very fortunate to have the goodwill of my Trust, which has allowed me the flexibility to take on this role,” said Dr Bowie.



  • New College posts

    Editor, Advances in Psychiatric Treatment

    Applications are invited for the position of Editor for Advances in Psychiatric Treatment. He or she will be responsible for maintaining and building on the success of this important College journal.The term of office lasts five years. Find out more...

    Specialist Adviser on Commissioning

    The College wishes to appoint a Specialist Adviser on Commissioning to work with the President and Registrar in leading the RCPsych Commissioning Advice Centre which, integrated into College structures, will co-ordinate input into the National Commissioning Board, both at a national and a local level. If you are interested in applying, please submit a CV and a covering letter explaining why you are interested in the post to Claire Churchill. Closing date: 25 June 2012. Dates for the interview: either 26 June or 4 July 2012.

    Specialist Adviser for Social Care (England & Wales)

    The College wishes to appoint a Specialist Adviser and Co-ordinator for Social Care. Find out more...




  • College consultation on Guidance on Reasonable Workload for Consultants

    Dr Laurence Mynors-Wallis, Registrar

    Safe Patients High Quality Services is an attempt to provide guidance for Consultants and medical managers about what workload  is reasonable if Consultant Psychiatrists are to provide the safe and high quality services that patients expect. The guidance is in draft form. Find out more...




  • National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH)

    The NCCMH is updating NICE clinical guideline 38 on Bipolar Disorder in Adults, Children and Young People (2006). We are looking to recruit health and social care professionals for the Guideline Development Group with an interest in evidence-based practice and who work with a range of adults (including older adults), children and young people with bipolar disorder. The development phase is scheduled to begin in October 2012 and will continue for approximately 18 months to 2 years. Deadline for applications: 14 June 2012.




  • Centre for Quality Improvement

    New accreditation programme for Crisis Resolution/Home Treatment Teams

    The Home Treatment Accreditation Scheme (HTAS) seeks to improve the quality of home treatment teams by assessing them against the standards through a process of self- and peer-review, highlighting areas of achievement and suggesting ways of improvement, with the ultimate aim of supporting teams to achieve accreditation.

    The pilot phase of this programme will run until late 2012, and it is anticipated that the UK-wide scheme will be launched in Spring 2013. HTAS is accepting expressions of interest from teams interested in taking part in the nationwide scheme. Contact the project worker or telephone 020 7977 4971.

    National Audit of Schizophrenia (NAS) – Update

    Participating trusts and health boards in England and Wales received their local individualised baseline reports April 2012, and were invited to attend the NAS learning event at the Royal Society of Medicine on 30 April 2012. The NAS background and methodology were presented and representatives from participating organisations were given the opportunity to discuss their data and to feedback about the process to date. The slides on the background and methodology of the audit can be found here. The publication date for the National report is November 2012 and in the meantime the NAS team will continue to collect more feedback from participating organisations. The NAS Forum is also available for sharing best practice and any lessons learnt.



  • New website eases access to clinical resources to integrate physical and mental healthcare

    Evidence shows that mental illness is associated with poor physical health. A role for psychiatrists is to ensure that their patients receive physical health care they need as part of their recovery. The new Improving Physical and Mental Health website has tools to support this work. Created with leadership from the RCPsych and with the support of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the site signposts a manageable selection of key resources, including clinical guidance, screening and monitoring tools, information on service models, and further reading. It has special sections on children and young people, as well as on mental health of people with long-term conditions and on medically unexplained symptoms. It will also be of interest to GPs, paediatricians and other doctors and commissioners.



  • News from members

    NICE Fellowships

    Dr Rajini Ramana, Consultant Psychiatrist, Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, has been awarded a three-year NICE Fellowship. Rajini is among 11 other who have been appointed in England and Wales. She will use the Fellowship to promote the principles of evidence-based care in her organisation. She is keen to engage with local commissioners and health and social care providers and contribute to the incorporation of NICE quality standards in the commissioning and provision of collaborative care packages for people with long-term mental disorders and co-morbid physical illness.



Language checks for doctors included in consultation on role of responsible officers




  • Language checks for doctors included in consultation on role of responsible officers

    Proposals to ensure the language competence of doctors have been put forward as part of a consultation on regulations governing the role of Responsible Officers. The consultation is aimed at ensuring that the Medical Profession (Responsible Officers) Regulations 2010 are appropriate for the new health and care structures and patients continue to be protected through the evaluation of fitness to practise and monitoring of conduct and performance of doctors. The deadline for comments: 25 July 2012.



  • Long-term Conditions Strategy

    The Department of Health is asking people to comment on what should be covered by the cross-government long term conditions strategy which they hope to publish towards the end of this year.




Government pledges support for women with postnatal depression and improvements to maternity care






Gaining international recognition for sustainability







NICE is developing guidance aimed at improving the mental health of people in prison, following the latest topic referral from the Department of Health.







Anxiety and antidepressant use on the rise







Stephen Fry: Mind Media Awards 2012 now open for entries


News from other organisations and the NHS



Scottish Government: Minimum price for alcohol announced

The preferred minimum price for alcohol will be 50p per unit was recently announced by the Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon.  At this level, the price was equivalent to the 45p per unit set in 2010 after taking account of inflation. She also said that setting the price at this level would have significant health and social benefits.


Government pledges support for women with postnatal depression and improvements to maternity care

Women who have postnatal depression and who have suffered a miscarriage, stillbirth or the death of a baby will get more support from the NHS. The Health Secretary has pledged to improve maternity care. An extra 4,200 health visitors being recruited by the government will get enhanced training.  


Department of Health 

  • Gaining international recognition for sustainability

  • Health and Social Care Act: decision to veto the disclosure of the Transition Risk Register

  • Draft Bill to modernise adult care and support in England


Update from NICE 

  • NICE is developing guidance aimed at

  • The DH has asked NICE to develop the following Public Health Guidance

  • Recruitment to the NICE Quality Standards Advisory Committees


Psychiatric units safer as in-patient suicide falls

The study by the University of Manchester’s National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness shows the rate of suicide among psychiatric in-patients fell by between 29% and 31% between 1997 and 2008 with nearly 100 fewer deaths per year. The falls were seen across most groups of patients with the biggest falls in young patients and those with schizophrenia. On wards, deaths by hanging fell by nearly 60%.


Troubles linked to mental illness

People affected by traumatic episodes in the Northern Ireland Troubles are showing signs of mental illness decades after the events, a new study by the University of Ulster has revealed. Researchers met people aged 45 and over whose lives were touched by the conflict and found 50% displayed symptoms of ill health many years after their initial trauma.


Anxiety and antidepressant use on the rise

Research by the NHS Information Centre has shown that since the onset of the credit crunch four years ago, cases of people being admitted to hospital for anxiety disorders and panic attacks rose by one third.


Report from the American Psychiatric Association Conference: Chicago

Psychiatric guide drops two disputed diagnoses

Two proposed psychiatric diagnoses failed to make the last round of cuts in the process of revising the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Gone from the latest revision are "attenuated psychosis syndrome," intended to help identify individuals at risk of full-blown psychosis, and "mixed anxiety depressive disorder," a blend of anxiety and depression symptoms.


NHS needs to integrate mental and physical health services for better care and savings

The NHS can significantly improve patient care and save money by integrating mental and physical health care for people with long term health conditions and long-term mental illness. This is the conclusion of a new report from the NHS Confederation's Mental Health Network, Long-term health gains: Investing in emotional and psychological wellbeing for patients with long-term conditions and medically unexplained symptoms.


Health Foundation’s Shine programme open for funding applications

Shine, is open for a new round of funding applications from 1 May 2012 until 17 July 2012, with over £1 million available to support up to 18 innovative healthcare teams. The 2012 challenge is to find new innovative approaches to delivering healthcare that aim to achieve one of the following:


  • supporting patients to be active partners in their own care

  • improving patient safety

  • improving quality while reducing costs.


Europeans diverge over alcohol taste, tax and marketing

Public awareness of the health impacts of alcohol vary widely across Europe adding to existing divisions between member states on tax, taste and marketing as policymakers seek to revitalise Europe's common alcohol strategy. The results showed widely divergent recognition of health messages about alcohol.


Meanwhile, the alcohol industry's marketing continues to raise concerns at the Commission, which is threatening to legislate if the sector fails to self-regulate. In France, a blanket ban on advertising prevents alcohol manufacturers from associating themselves with sporting events such as the Olympic games. But the UK has taken a different view and has allowed Heineken to be one of the principal sponsors of the London 2012 Olympics.


NHS Careers: schools competition: winners focus on the role of the psychiatrist

Four young girls from Welling in Kent were selected from over 1,250 nationwide who entered the competition designed to encourage young people aged 12-14 to think about the huge variety of jobs available in the NHS. They chose to focus on the role of a psychiatrist in the NHS. The judges were impressed by their creativity and understanding of the role and the excellent video job advert which involved a series of role-play scenarios to challenge the stereotype of a psychiatrist’s role.


Mind Media Awards 2012 now open for entries

Have you watched a television programme, caught something on the radio or seen something online or in a newspaper that you felt could make a difference to the perception and understanding of mental health? If so, tell Mind. To be eligible for the Awards, broadcast and online entries must have been transmitted on television or radio or accessible online in the UK, between 8 June 2011 and 7 June 2012. Closing dates for suggestions by the end of June 2012.


The first PsySTAR Annual Summer School in Mental Health Research

Royal Society of Edinburgh: 21-22 September 2012

The School is aimed at clinical trainees (FY1-ST4) interested in an introduction to cutting edge research relevant to psychiatric disorders. The topics include epidemiology, clinical trials, neuroimaging, molecular biology, stem cell research and genetics.



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