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RCPsych eNewsletter - August 2012

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President, Professor Sue Bailey

College news


President's Update

News from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

Professor Sue Bailey has been elected as one of the two new Academy Vice-Chairs, together with Dr Tony Falconer, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.


Professor Sue Bailey’s Blog

As you probably know the England No Health without Mental health implementation strategy framework was published today. I greatly welcome this framework, and in particular its strong emphasis on the need for mental health to be valued equally with physical health. Find out more... 


Lord Victor Lord Adobewale, CBE, Chief Executive, Turning Point









Professor Nick Craddock









Integration of Adult Health and Social Care in Scotland – Consultation on Proposals









Dr Gwen Adshead









Charity criticises medical care of detained torture survivors
  • Exclusive interview

    Dr Ros Ramsay, Editor of eNewsletter interviews Lord Victor Adobewale, CBE, Chief Executive, Turning Point.



  • Enewsletter polls: your views wanted

    This month's poll: we would like your views

    Results of last month's poll

    • Do you agree that developing more guidelines which allow us to work in a more transparent way with drug companies would be a positive step: 74% agreed with the statement vs. 26% disagreed.


  • New College vacancies

    Editor; The Psychiatrist

    The College is seeking a new Editor for The Psychiatrist. The post-holder will report to the College’s Editor and to the Editorial Board of The Psychiatrist, and will be responsible for the content of the journal. Find out more...



  • RCPsych Awards 2012 - Shortlists announced

    Following an extensive judging process, the nominees shortlisted in the RCPsych Awards 2012 have been announced. Once again, the standard of entries has been exceptionally high. The winners will be announced at an Awards ceremony in November, to be held at the Royal Society of Medicine in London. Further details will be available shortly.




  • RCPsych in the news

    College responds to publication of interim Winterbourne review

    The RCPsych welcomes the publication of the interim Winterbourne report. Dr Ian Hall, Chair of the  Faculty of Intellectual Disability, said: "The College wants to ensure that people with learning disabilities who have challenging behaviour are supported in the best, most person-centred way, and have all their clinical needs properly addressed. To achieve this, we are working closely with other stakeholders to develop guidance for commissioners and to set standards for professionals."

    Parliamentary mental health group voices concerns about new NHS

    The All Party Parliamentary Group on Mental Health, of which the College is an active member, has expressed its concerns about the future of mental health services in the reformed NHS. The Group, chaired by Charles Walker MP who recently spoke movingly in Parliament about his experience of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), is urging the Government to stay vigilant about giving mental health a fair deal as NHS reforms kick in.

    Health impact of alcohol misuse "insidious and pervasive" say MPs

    The Chair of the Health Committee, Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell MP, launched the Inquiry report on the Government’s Alcohol Strategy by stating “The main focus of the strategy is binge drinking and its consequences for anti-social behaviour and public disorder. Those are important issues, but the health impact of chronic alcohol misuse is in our view also significant and greater emphasis needs to be placed on addressing that impact.” Responding to the report, “Dr Peter Rice, Chair of the RCPsych in Scotland, and Dr Owen Bowden-Jones, Chair of the College's Faculty of Addictions Psychiatry, said: "We share the Health Committee’s view that Government’s strategy should have greater emphasis on the health effects, including mental health effects, of alcohol and that effective action on prevention and treatment will improve public health as well as public safety.”


  • Survey: engaging the membership: your views wanted

    We are constantly looking at how best to engage with our members in order to ensure that the delivery of services is focussed and relevant to the Membership. The Registrar, Dr Laurence Mynors-Wallis, has compiled a short 5 question survey to give you the opportunity to share your thoughts concerning what you value about the College, and any new ideas or services which you think we should be concentrating on in the future. The questionnaire takes a few minutes and your feedback is very much valued.



  • Update from RCPsych in Scotland

    Find out more about the policy work of RCPsych in Scotland and establishment of Academic Faculty.



  • Psychiatry’s castaway

    In May, one of our former Presidents, Baroness Sheila Hollins, was Kirsty Young’s castaway on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs. But she isn’t the first female psychiatrist to appear on the programme – forensic psychotherapist Dr Gwen Adshead appeared in July 2010. We asked Sheila and Gwen to answer a few questions about their experience.



  • Charity criticises medical care of detained torture survivors

    Professor Cornelius Katona, College Lead on the mental health of asylum seekers, responds

    In a detailed report of 50 cases, The Second Torture released by Lord Dubs and Lord Avebury at a public meeting at the House of Commons, the charity Medical Justice found systematic failings on the part of doctors working in Immigration Removal Centres to examine patients properly, document signs of torture, or call for the release of torture survivors. Find out more...



  • News from RCPsych Council: request to change name

    The Women in Psychiatry Special Interest Group have asked the College Council to change its name to the‘Women and Mental Health’ Special Interest Group and this was agreed.



  • Mental Health TV

    These are the edited highlights of Professor Sue Bailey speaking at the Royal College of Psychiatrists South East Division Academic Meeting at Blenheim Palace on 6 June 2012.



Justice Select Committee: Women Offenders






  • Justice Select Committee: Women Offenders

    The Justice Select Committee, chaired by Sir Alan Beith MP, is launching a call for written evidence for its new inquiry into Women Offenders. Five years after the publication of the Corston Report, which made a series of recommendations to drive improvement in the women's criminal justice agenda, the Justice Committee has decided to hold an inquiry to review progress and examine current strategy and practice with respect to women offenders and those at risk of offending. The College is planning to respond, so please send any comments to Claire Churchill by 31 August 2012.



  • The criminal defences of "Insanity and Automatism" Scoping Paper

    The Law Commission has published a Scoping Paper on the defences of insanity and automatism. The paper and the questions posed within it will help the Commission discover, from medical practitioners, lawyers and all those involved, more information about the operation of the defences in practice. Responses can be sent online or by email. Closing date:18 October 2012.




Experts urge new recovery focus for heroin addiction treatment






FallSafe project report







NICE: Better care bid for Autistic Adults







Psychiatrists overuse antipsychotic medication especially in the elderly or people with learning difficulties. Do you agree?







NSPCC: new resource on abuse in pre-school children for practitioners



News from other organisations and the NHS


New legislation: Reforming care and support – better quality care, peace of mind and promoting independence

The Care and Support White Paper, together with the draft Care and Support Bill, has been published and sets out how the social care system will be transformed from a service that reacts to crises to one that focuses on prevention and is built around the needs and goals of people. The Department of Health is seeking views on the draft Care and Support Bill. You can post comments until 19 October 2012


General Medical Council: Continuing professional development: guidance for all doctors

New GMC guidance has been developed. The GMC hopes that doctors will use the guidance to reflect on how their learning and development improves the quality of care they provide to patients and for the service in which they work.  


Experts urge new recovery focus for heroin addiction treatment

The National Treatment Agency has launched a report, Medications in recovery: re-orientating drug dependence, on the proper ways in which prescribing medication can help heroin addicts break the hold of their addiction and recover from dependence.


Harm free care: to educate and empower nurses to prevent falls on hospital wards

Over 280,000 patient falls are reported from hospitals and mental health units annually, costing approximately £15 million per annum. The FallSafe project report has been published with ‘How to…’ guides for implementation, including the Falls Prevention Resource pack.


New findings show suicides under home treatment in England are almost double ward cases

The annual report by the University of Manchester's National Confidential Inquiry into Homicide and Suicide by People with Mental Illness is now available.


Independent Police Complaints Commission: warning over ‘vulnerable’ patients

Nearly half of all people who appear to have committed suicide after being released by police were known to have mental health problems. Dame Anne Owers, the chairman of the IPCC, called for a "coordinated response to protecting and meeting the needs of this vulnerable group". 


NICE: Better care bid for Autistic Adults

New NICE Guidance stresses that the NHS should better recognise the signs of autism in adults to improve their quality of life and employment opportunities.


Securing dignity in care for older people in hospitals and care homes 

The Commission on Dignity in Care for Older People has published its final report which contains a series of recommendations which must be put in place if the care sector is to successfully tackle one of the biggest challenges it has ever faced.


Training programme in care homes aims to reduce antipsychotic prescriptions

An Alzheimer’s Society training programme is being rolled out to 150 care homes across the UK. An initial trial of the Focussed Intervention Training and Support programme found it reduced the use of antipsychotics in care homes by 50%.


Department of Health


Expressions of interest to create academic health science networks sought

Expressions of interest are sought to create an academic health science network (AHSNs). The goal of AHSN’s will be to improve patient and population health outcomes by translating research into practice and developing and implementing integrated health care systems. The document sets out the draft designation and establishment process.


Howard League for Penal Reform - Commission on Sex in Prison

This independent Commission on Sex in Prison will focus on three broad themes: consensual sex in prisons, coercive sex in prisons, and healthy sexual development among young people in prison. The purpose of the Commission is to understand the nature and the scale of the issues and problems, making a series of recommendations with a view to making prisons safer. 


Other vacancies

National Research Ethics Advisors’ Panel

The National Research Ethics Advisors’ Panel (NREAP) is an advisory panel established to help with the strategy, quality assurance and service development of NHS Research Ethics Committees (NRES) and improve the research environment in the UK. Following a recent review of the membership and remit of the NREAP, NRES is seeking to appoint a number of new National Research Ethics Advisors. Applications are invited from individuals with considerable expertise and stature in one or more of the following areas: UK Health Law, Past or Present Chair of an NHS Research Ethics Committee, Academic Clinical Research, Pharmaceutical Industry, Understanding of the Issues Facing Patients and/or Research Participants in the NHS, or Academic Expertise in the Ethics of Research. The closing date for applications is 20 August 2012


NSPCC: new resource on abuse in pre-school children for practitioners

The NSPCC and Cardiff University have launched a new resource to help practitioners identify emotional neglect and emotional abuse in pre-school children. It is the latest in the CORE-INFO series of leaflets and is based on a systematic review of the latest published scientific research into the features of emotional neglect and emotional abuse in children under six, conducted by Cardiff University’s Child Protection Systematic Review group.


New Evidence Updates from NHS Evidence

Delirium: Evidence Update April 2012 focuses on a summary of selected new evidence relevant to NICE clinical guideline 99 Diagnosis and management of idiopathic childhood constipation in primary and secondary care (2010). In producing the Evidence Update, 348 pieces of evidence were searched, of which 17 have been chosen for publication.


British National Formulary App

BNF App is now freely available for download to all who are eligible for an NHS Athens account.


Free access to British scientific research within two years

A radical shakeup of academic publishing will allow papers to be put online and be accessed by universities, firms and individuals. The government is to unveil plans to make publicly funded scientific research immediately available for anyone to read for free by 2014.



CPD Online: The pharmacological management of mania







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