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RCPsych eNewsletter - April 2014


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Professor Sue Bailey, President of RCPsych

College news

 

President’s update: Landmark judgment for protection of vulnerable people

Today sees the launch of MindEd, a new website to give adults the knowledge and confidence to identify and understand children and young people with mental health problems (This has involved a great deal of work by many people. Consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr Brian Jacobs, has done a huge amount of work to populate this education tool. Wouldn't it be good if we could have such a comprehensive tool for adult mental health for all health practitioners? Read more...


College elections

College annual elections — Honorary Officers: Notice to Members and Fellows

 

 

 

 

Evening Event at 21 Prescot Street: Wanderers through a sea of fog

 

Evening Event at 21 Prescot Street: Wanderers through a sea of fog. Curator David Gryn

 

 

 

 

 

Evening Event at 21 Prescot Street: Wanderers through a sea of fog

 

Evening Event at 21 Prescot Street: Wanderers through a sea of fog

 

 

 

 

RCPsych New Specialist Adviser on Mentoring: Dr Pierre Taub

RCPsych New Specialist Adviser on Mentoring: Dr Pierre Taub

 

 

 

 

 

Letter to the Guardian: More on the threat to mental health services from funding cuts

Letter to the Guardian: More on the threat to mental health services from funding cuts

 

 

 

 

Childhood nightmare frequency linked to psychotic experience risk

Childhood nightmare frequency linked to psychotic experience risk

 

 

 

 

Reading Well Books on Prescription: Special Interest Dementia Project

Reading Well Books on Prescription: Special Interest Dementia Project


 

  • Enewsletter polls: your views wanted

    Which of these was most important for you in deciding to become psychiatrist?

    1. Empathy for people with mental disorder

    2. The interface between psychiatry and neurosciences

    3. The expectation of better working conditions

    4. Because of a positive experience in medical school

    Results of last month's poll

    • Do you have to deal with clinically challenging behaviours at work more than once a month?

      85% of respondents said yes; 14% no; and 1% had no opinion .

  • College vacancies
    • Special Committee on Professional Practice and Ethics: 4 members wanted

      This Committee advises the College on matters relating to professional practice and ethics, including issues of policy into practice, confidentiality, probity and conflict of interest. Read more... 

    • College Assessors to sit on Advisory Appointment Committees

      We are looking for additional College Assessors to sit on Advisory Appointment Committees for consultant and specialty doctor interviews. If you are interested, please contact your local divisional chair for further details. We are also running three training events for existing, new or prospective College Assessors. Read more...

  • College annual elections — Honorary Officers: Notice to Members and Fellows

    Forthcoming elections for the offices of Dean, Registrar and Treasurer. Read more…

  • Honorary Fellowship nominations 2014 for 2015

    Members and Fellows are invited to submit nominations for candidates for Honorary Fellowship of the College. Five Honorary Fellows are elected each year on the basis of outstanding contributions to the College and/or the profession, and can be psychiatrists or non-psychiatrists, with achievements in the field of mental health. A nomination must be supported by six Fellows or Members in good standing. For nomination forms, contact Elizabeth Atkinson. Closing date: 30 June 2014.

  • Evening Event at 21 Prescot Street: Wanderers through a sea of fog: Book now

    15 April 2014 at 6.30 pm: Talk by artists David Blandy, Samuel Levack, Jennifer Lewandowski, Terry Smith and Curator David Gryn. Read more...

  • RCPsych New Specialist Adviser on Mentoring: Dr Pierre Taub

    “I am a Consultant Psychiatrist in East London and Associate Training Programme Director for Barts and The Royal London Higher Training Scheme where I take the lead on Leadership and Management training.” Read more...

  • College in the news

    Letter to the Guardian: More on the threat to mental health services from funding cuts

    “The recent decision by NHS England and the health regulator Monitor to recommend cutting funding for mental health services by 20% more than that for acute hospitals completely contravenes the government's promise to put mental and physical healthcare on an equal footing and will put lives at risk.” The letter was signed by the College, Mind, Rethink Mental Illness, the Mental Health Foundation, the NHS Confederation Mental Health Network and the Centre for Mental Health and states that this decision sends “a disturbing and deeply disappointing message which is likely to have far-reaching consequences for people with mental illness.”


    Mental health units 'are heading for a Mid Staffs scandal', warns senior psychiatrist

    “Britain's senior psychiatrist has warned that the mental health sector is heading towards its own Mid Staffs scandal, as it emerged that NHS patients are being treated in a hospital where staff were recently accused of using injections and seclusion as threats. Professor Sue Bailey, president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said she was increasingly concerned that mental services were approaching a "tipping point" with funding being cut despite a record 50,000 uses of the Mental Health Act to detain patients in hospital for assessment or treatment in 2012-13.”


    RCPsych responds to House of Lords Mental Capacity Act report

    The College welcomes the publication of the Mental Capacity Act 2005: post-legislative scrutiny report by the House of Lords. Dr Julie Chalmers, RCPsych Lead for Mental Health Law, said: "Our College was pleased to be able to give evidence to the Committee in the process of compiling this important report. The RCPsych has been heavily involved in training our membership and helping them understand and implement the Act, but we are keen to improve training and awareness further.”


    RCPsych signs consensus statement on gay conversion therapy

    The Royal College of Psychiatrists has signed up to a new consensus statement which says gay conversion therapy is unethical and potentially harmful. The statement was prepared by the leading psychological professional bodies in the UK, at the request of the Department of Health, and is endorsed by the lesbian, gay and bisexual charity Stonewall. 

  • New from RCPsych Policy Unit

    Guidance for Mental Health Clinicians providing Clinical Evidence for the Work Capability Assessment (WCA)

    When a person applies for Employment Support Allowance (ESA) or is reassessed for ESA, they go through an assessment process to decide whether they qualify for this benefit. This process, the Work Capability Assessment assesses whether they have limited capability for work. Increasingly the DWP do not ask clinicians directly to provide written evidence (although they do sometimes send an ESA113 form to complete) and the onus is on the claimant to ask a clinician (GP or specialist) to provide this. This is the first guidance that has been produced for these clinical reports. We would welcome any comments or suggestions to improve it.

  • Special Committee on Human Rights: Case Report: MS v UK: Dr Martin Curtice

    The Special Committee on Human Rights reviewed the recent judgement of MS v UK at its last meeting, and felt that a summary of the case might be of interest to College Members. The case involved a 34 year old man (MS) who was subject to section 136 and detained in a police cell for longer than the 72hr legal time limit due to the absence of an appropriate bed. Read more...

  • eNewsletter Quiz

    In Latané and Darley's cognitive model of helping behaviour, which are the four stages?

    1. Noticing an emergency, defining it as an emergency, accepting personal responsibility and deciding how to help.

    2. Noticing a person in trouble, recognising that person as a friend, intervening to help them and reflecting on the decision to intervene.

    3. Unawareness, realisation, weighing the options, intervention.

    4. Recognition of an emergency, fear, cognitive appraisal and action

    Results of last month's quiz

    When prescribing risperidone, it is not important to consider:

    1. a family history of sudden death: 12%

    2. concurrent use of erythromycin: 44%

    3. a history of osteoporosis: 21%

    4. concurrent use of phenytoin: 15%

    5. initial BMI: 9%

    The correct answer was option 4.

  • Research of the month
    Childhood nightmare frequency linked to psychotic experience risk

    A study from the University of Warwick, published in the journal SLEEP, shows that children reporting frequent nightmares at the age of 12 were three and a half times more likely to suffer from psychotic experiences in early adolescence.


    Stigma 'key deterrent' in accessing mental health care

    Mental health stigma is a key factor preventing people from accessing the care they need, according to new research from King’s College London. The new study, published in Psychological Medicine, brings together data from 144 studies, including over 90,000 participants worldwide.

  • New opportunity
    Reading Well Books on Prescription: Special Interest Dementia Project

    Reading Well Books on Prescription is a new public library mental health service development which provides self help reading for adults based on cognitive behavioural therapy for a range of common mental health conditions including anxiety and depression. It has secured funding from Arts Council England to undertake the research and development of a linked Public Library Dementia Offer and Reading Well Books on Prescription Dementia List. The Reading Agency would like to appoint a trainee with a special interest in old age to help us with mapping the evidence, partnership and delivery structure necessary to realise this ambition. Closing date: 11 April. Read more...

 


   
NHS England: care.data update

 

NHS England: care.data update

 

 

 

 

 

Support when facing threats to your job

MQ: Transforming Mental Health: 2014 MQ Fellows Programme

 

 

 

 

 

CQC asks people to share their experiences of mental health crisis care

CQC asks people to share their experiences of mental health crisis care

 

 

 

 

 

How can we create dementia friendly communities?

King’s Fund: Ageing society demands a ‘fundamental shift’ in how health and care are delivered

 

 

News from other organisations and the NHS

NHS England: care.data update

Having heard the concerns from patients, GPs and others, NHS England accepts that the public need more time to learn about information sharing and have extended the care.data public awareness campaign. NHS England will begin collecting data from GP surgeries in the Autumn, instead of the spring, and will work with patients and professional groups to develop additional practical steps to promote awareness with patients and the public, and ensure information is accessible and reaches all sections of the community, including people with disabilities.

 

British National Formulary: 25% discount for members of the College

The British National Formulary (BNF) reference reflects current best practice as well as legal and professional guidelines relating to the uses of medicines. NICE have altered their distribution arrangement for England, and eligible health professionals will now receive one free print copy of BNF a year - the September issue - to supplement online access. The March edition is being printed as usual, members of the RCPsych can purchase a copy at a 25% discount. All you need to add is BNF67/RCPSY at checkout and this will activate the discount. The discount only applies to online orders.

 

Careif-Global Suicide and Suicide Prevention Essay Competition 2014

Careif, an international mental health charity with a special focus on protecting and promoting the health and well-being of young people living in culturally diverse societies around the world, holds an annual essay prize competition to encourage ‘state of the art’ essays on key mental health themes. Students are invited to submit, in open competition, an essay on Suicide and Suicide Prevention and to explore its socio-religious context, cultural meaning and its association with stigma. Entries must be no more than 4000 words, should be referenced using the Harvard reference style, and submitted by email to essay14@careif.org by 21 December 2014.

 

MQ: Transforming Mental Health: 2014 MQ Fellows Programme

The Programme aims to support the most promising early career scientists and clinicians who are asking challenging questions that will contribute to transformative advances in mental health research. The Programme is open to applicants from all scientific disciplines and around the world. Closing date: 24 April 2014.

 

Why I became a member champion for mental health

Michael J Bevan, County Councillor for Sherborne Rural Division, Dorset County Council talks about why he became local member champion for mental health.    

 

Care Quality Commission (CQC)

  • Join a new mental health provider inspection

    The CQC launched the first wave of new mental health provider inspections in January 2014. Professionals from the sector (clinical advisors) and experts by experience have been central to these inspection teams. The CQC are now recruiting mental health professionals for our second wave of inspections.

  • CQC asks people to share their experiences of mental health crisis care

    The CQC is reviewing mental health crisis care in England. As part of this we are asking people who have experienced a mental health crisis, or who have supported a friend or relative through one to share their experiences of the help, care and support they received.

Update from NICE

'Guide to coroner services' and 'Coroner investigations - a short guide'

The Ministry of Justice has published the new ‘Guide to Coroner Services’  booklet and an accompanying leaflet, ‘Coroner investigations – a short guide’. The Guide explains to bereaved people, and others who come into contact with a coroner service, what they can expect from the coroner’s investigation.

 

Events and conferences

RCPsych Events: Clinical Trainees’ Workshop: 21 July 2014, Robinson College, Cambridge

  • Organised jointly with the British Association of Psychopharmacology and the RCPsych Trainees’ Committee, the workshop aims to help young researchers and trainees develop a career in psychopharmacology and translational research. 

British Indian Psychiatric Association: Leadership Training for Psychiatrists and preparation for Consultant Interviews

  • 5 April 2014 at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street, London, E1 8BB. The meeting is open to all ST4-6 trainees, specialty doctors and consultants.

New reports

Disability Rights UK: Advocacy and social care report

A new report on the impact of advocacy by the National Development Team for Inclusion has found that a lack of robust evidence leaves advocacy in a potentially vulnerable position.

 

King’s Fund: Ageing society demands a ‘fundamental shift’ in how health and care are delivered

A fundamental shift is urgently needed in the delivery of health and care to meet the challenges of a rapidly ageing society, say the authors of a new report from The King’s Fund, Making our health and care systems fit for an ageing population’.

 

 


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