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

RCPsych eNewsletter - November 2012

College news

New opportunities


Other news


Professor Sue Bailey, President of RCPsych

College news


President's Update: Professor Sue Bailey

“Our Head of Policy, Lucy Thorpe, joined me in meeting Care Services Minister, Norman Lamb, and his senior civil servants. To get to his inner sanctum we had to walk past some mildly disconcerting framed photos of celebrities, with chest x-rays superimposed on their torsos… It would be really good if the often lonely comments box at the bottom of my blog could be full of information from members about what is happening on the ground.” Read more…



Dr Laurence Mynors-Wallis, Registrar









RCPsych Awards 2011 - Maureen Lipman









Dr Raj Rama Iyer, new Chair of the Specialty Doctors’ Committee









  • Update from the Registrar: Dr Laurence Mynors-Wallis

    The Registrar comments on Safe Patients High Quality Services – a guide to job descriptions and job plans and the membership survey. Read more...

  • Encouraging future psychiatrists through the Pathfinder Fellowship Programme

    The College is launching the Pathfinder Fellowship programme to seek the next generation of psychiatrists to lead the profession into the future. This is a unique opportunity for medical students in their penultimate year of study who are considering psychiatry as their specialty. Pathfinder Fellows will be appointed for three years from 1 January 2013 following a rigorous selection process to find the best candidates. The advert will go live on 1 November 2012 on Student Associates. Please tell your colleagues and medical students about this exciting new programme.

  • Invitation to RCPsych Awards Ceremony 2012

    We are pleased to invite Members and Fellows to join us at the RCPsych Awards Ceremony, our annual celebration of excellence in psychiatry and mental health services. The ceremony will be held at 3.00 pm on 14 November 2012 at the Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London W1. The ceremony will be hosted by author/feature writer Allison Pearson. Admittance is by ticket only. To request tickets (which are free of charge), please email Bryony Harris at by 2 November. Please include the name/title of the person each ticket is for and an email address for each person.

  • College in the media

    Joint call for parity of esteem on World Mental Health Day

    To mark World Mental Health Day 2012, held on Wednesday 10 October, Professor Sue Bailey, the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, was joined by her counterparts abroad in calling on governments to ensure mental health is given the prominence it deserves. The joint statement was signed by the Professor Sue Bailey, Dr Maria Tomasic, President of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, and Dr Suzane Renaud, President of the Canadian Psychiatric Association.


  • College focuses on support for Specialty Doctors and Associate Specialists

    Dr Raj Rama Iyer, new Chair of the Specialty Doctors’ Committee introduces himself. Read more...


  • New College publications

    Individual patient outcome measures recommended for use in older people's mental health

    A short guide for old age psychiatrists in the use of individual patient outcome measures, in the context of quality assessment and more global aspects of outcome measurement.

  • Your membership subscription

    Did you know that you are now able to view and print receipts for your Membership subscription payments that you have made for this year and previous years? Please log in to your secure Members’ Area account to be able to access these. If you have any questions about your payments, or any other issues regarding your membership, email Membership.


  • Adopt-a-Book

    Adopt-a-book this Christmas as a present for family and friends. Your donation will help to restore the College’s antiquarian book collection.


  • Friends of the Archive

    Become a Friend of the College Archives and help to preserve its archival heritage, and promote interest in the history of the College, and of British and Irish Psychiatry. Please contact the Archivist for further information.

  • College events and conferences
    • For more information or to book any these courses and conferences, please click visit the CALC. Further information, for example, the Section of Eating Disorders Psychiatry Annual One Day Conference and details of the Presenting in Court - Maintaining Credibility and Integrity Course.
    • The Volunteering and International Psychiatry Special Interest Group is organising a one day conference on Volunteering and Working in International Mental Health: issues, challenges and opportunities on 2 November 2012 at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.


Academy of Royal Medical Colleges: Advice


New opportunities


  • National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS) seeking Assessors

    The National Clinical Assessment Service is seeking consultants working in early intervention psychiatry spanning adolescence and early adulthood to be part of an NCAS assessment. You will work as part of a team to conduct a clinical assessment where there are concerns about an individual’s performance. It is essential that you are in good standing with the GMC and with your Royal College and have significant experience as a Consultant in Psychiatry. You will ideally be familiar with the principles of assessment, audit and review, with experience of judging the performance of a peer (for example as an assessor, reviewer or examiner), as well as having proven report writing skills. You will currently be working in a predominantly NHS environment and intend to do so for the next two years. For further information, contact Marie Bunby on tel: 020 7972 2945.

Personal Health Budgets Learning Network - NHS operating framework 2012/13




  • Care Quality Commission Strategy

    The Care Quality Commission is seeking views on their plans for the next three years. The consultation paper asks eight specific questions. These cover how to regulate services, how to manage its independence, how to measure its impact, its relationship with the public and with organisations that provide care, its role in the complaints system, and its responsibilities in relation to mental health services. The College will be submitting a response. If you would like to contribute, email Claire Churchill by 30 November 2012.

Health becomes first government department to sign Time to Change mental health pledge






ABPI: new Code of Practice for the Pharmaceutical Industry







WFMH Great Push for Mental Health in strategic alliance with the Movement for Global Mental Health







One in 10 Employees in Europe has missed work due to depression



News from other organisations and the NHS


Department of Health

  • Personal health budgets to receive £1.5m
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Funding Factsheet 
  • Consultation on proposed changes to the governance arrangements for controlled drugs
  • Health becomes first government department to sign Time to Change mental health pledge


Care Quality Commission: Over 15,000 people tell us about mental health services

In a survey of community mental health services, more than 15,000 people shared their experiences of outpatient clinics, crisis home treatment, day-to-day living and more. The results show that people are treated with dignity and respect and are involved in decisions about their care. However, some people would have liked extra support with aspects of daily life, like finding work and accommodation and getting advice.


A Fresh Approach to Drugs: the final report of the UK Drug Policy Commission

In this report, the UKDPC proposes a radical rethink of how we structure our response to drug problems. It analyses the evidence for how policies and interventions could be improved, with recommendations for policy makers and practitioners to address the new and established challenges associated with drug use.


Record numbers recovering from drug addiction

Record numbers of drug addicts in England are recovering from addiction, according to figures released by the National Treatment Agency. Nearly 30,000 successfully completed their treatment in 2011-12, up from 27,969 the previous year and almost three times the level they were seven years ago (11,208). The data also reveal that nearly one third of users in the last seven years successfully completed their treatment and did not return, which compares favourably to international recovery rates.


New e-portal set to transform knowledge, skills and attitudes towards child mental health

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health will head up a £2.2m educational and advice programme to improve mental health outcomes for children. The e-portal, which is set to go live in Spring 2014 will be accessible anywhere in the world and is supported by a Consortium, including the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The hub will speed up the time it takes to diagnose a child with mental health issues by ensuring professionals working with children and young people know what signs to look out for.


The Great Push for Mental Health: update from Professor John Copeland, Chairman, WFMH Great Push for Mental Health in strategic alliance with the Movement for Global Mental Health

“You may remember that the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) “Great Push” programme, in alliance with the Movement for Global Mental Health, received the advice that if we wanted the support of health ministers to promote mental health internationally, we would first need to demonstrate the strength of support from the international mental health community itself.” Read more…


New global mental health website

The Society for Emotional Well-being Worldwide has launched a new website.  This is an online community for global mental health professionals and will provide networking capacity through blogs and forums, as well as up-to-date scientific literature, conference and work opportunities for providers and advocates for global mental health.


One in 10 Employees in Europe has missed work due to depression

One in 10 working people surveyed in Europe has taken time off work because of depression, with an average of 36 days lost per episode, according to a new survey from the European Depression Association. This equates to more than 21,000 days of lost working time in this group of people. However, despite the size of the problem, nearly one in three managers reported they had no formal support or resources to deal with employees who have depression, and 43% called for better policies and legislation to protect employees.

CPD Online module: Buprenorphine in opiate dependence





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