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RCPsych eNewsletter - August 2014

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The President, Professor Sir Simon Wessely

College news

 

President’s update: Professor Sir Simon Wessely

Happiness: the greatest gift that I possess

Today sees the launch of the Centre Forum’s Mental Health Commission report ‘The Pursuit of Happiness: A New Ambition for our Mental Health’. I won’t be there, as by the time you read this I will be struggling on my bike up French hills, but having given evidence and seen the final version, the report is to be welcomed. This comes as no surprise as our previous President, Sue Bailey, was a commission member. Read more...

 


Associate Registrar for Public Mental Health: Dr Peter Byrne
 
Recent elections and appointments: Associate Registrar for Public Mental Health: Dr Peter Byrne
 

 

 

 

 

Health Service Journal List of Inspirational Women: Dr Margaret du Feu
 
Health Service Journal List of Inspirational Women: Dr Margaret du Feu
 

 

 

 

 

U can Cope! leaflet

 

Health Service Journal List of Inspirational Women: Dr Alys Cole-King, a suicide prevention specialist, who is on our list: U Can Cope!

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

New Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges SAS Committee: Dr Raj Rama Iyer

 

 

 

 

 

Trainees Online: four new modules available: looking for authors and reviewers

 

Trainees Online: four new modules available: looking for authors and reviewers

 

 

 

 

 

An art exhibition – The Divided Self by Dr Jackie Gordon

The divided self: our first members’ art exhibition at Prescot Street: Dr Jackie Gordon

 

 

 

 

Clinical Topics in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

 

Clinical Topics in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry:

 

 

 

 

 

A Clinician's Brief Guide to the Mental Health Act (3rd edn)

A Clinician's Brief Guide to the Mental Health Act (3rd edn)

 

 

 

 

RCPsych Mental Health Information: Special discount for RCPsych members

RCPsych Mental Health Information: Special discount for RCPsych members

 


  • Recent elections and appointments

    Congratulations to the following members who have either been elected or appointed to new College roles:

    • Associate Registrar for Policy Support: Dr Owen Bowden Jones
    • Associate Registrar for Public Mental Health: Dr Peter Byrne
    • Specialist Adviser for Crisis Care: Dr Mary Jane Tacchi
    • Addictions Faculty: Chair: Professor Colin Drummond
    • Forensic Faculty: Vice Chair: Dr Alec Buchanan
    • Intellectual Disability Faculty: Chair Ashok Roy
    • Medical Psychotherapy Faculty: Dr Sue Mizen
    • Section for Neuropsychiatry: Vice-Chair Mayur Bodani
    • London Division: Chair: Dr Shakeel Ahmad
    • London Division: Vice-Chair: Dr Peter Hughes
    • North West Division: Chair: Dr Louise Sell
    • Northern and Yorkshire Division: Vice Chair: Dr Suresh Babu
    • South West Division: Vice-Chair: Dr Helen Rayner
    • RCPsych in Wales: Vice Chair – Dr Sanjay Ingley

 

  • Health Service Journal List of Inspirational Women
    Dr Margaret du Feu, Chair, General Adult Faculty, RCPsych in Northern Ireland
    • Margaret has dedicated her working life to the care of deaf and hard-of-hearing people with mental health problems. It is fair to say she has an interesting perspective to offer: a cochlear condition meant the consultant psychiatrist began to lose her own hearing in her 20s, and she is now profoundly deaf. After setting up a mental health and deafness service in Birmingham, she then moved to Northern Ireland where she did the same, before extending her work to the Republic of Ireland.”

    Dr Alys Cole-King, Consultant liaison psychiatrist, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and co-founder, Connecting with People
    • In some ways, just eight letters explain why Alys, a suicide prevention specialist, is on our list: U Can Cope! That is the name of the campaign she began to highlight that it is possible to overcome suicidal thoughts. It is a movement that has gained enormous attention and which has helped place the important issue of suicide prevention on the national agenda

 

  • New Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges SAS Committee

    We are delighted to announce that Dr Raj Rama Iyer, the College’s Specialty Doctors' Committee Chair, has been appointed as Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges' SAS Committee. Dr Iyer is a Senior Specialty Doctor at St Andrews Healthcare in Essex. Raj says "This is a great honour and a great opportunity to contribute to recognition and support for SAS doctors in psychiatry and across the wider profession. I see it is as an endorsement of the College's commitment to SAS doctors and I am grateful for the support of College Officers and the Chief Executive in this work".

  • Enewsletter polls: your views wanted

    I support the Assisted Dying Bill

    Results of last month's poll

    I believe that patients should have more control over the resources used in their care

    45% agreed with this statement; 45% disagreed; and 10% had no opinion.

 

  • eNewsletter Quiz

    With regard to treatability of personality disorder, what should not be taken into account?

    1. The availability of specialist centres

    2. The avoidance of a diagnostic label

    3. Re antisocial personality disorder, the severity of the disorder

    4. The impact on function

    5. Co-morbid conditions

    Results of last month's quiz

    What percentage of regular service personnel are discharged from the UK Army for mental health reasons annually?

    1. 0.01%: 0 percent

    2. 0.1%: 12 percent

    3. 1%: 0 percent

    4. 2%: 35 percent

    5. 5%: 54 percent

    The correct answer is 2: 0.1%

 

  • Changes to the MRCPsych Written Papers and Transitional Arrangements

    From 2015 the number of MRCPsych written papers will reduce from three to two. This follows extensive work undertaken by the various question writing panels and the Examinations sub-Committee. The main driver was the perception of candidate examination burden. The new papers will be launched in April 2015. The current papers 1, 2 and 3 will cease to exist after 31 December 2014

 

  • Trainees Online: four new modules available: looking for authors and reviewers

    Trainees Online is a new learning resource produced by the Royal College of Psychiatrists to support trainee psychiatrists who are preparing for the MRCPsych exams. Trainees Online is currently free of charge for all College members, who can log in using the same username and password they use to access the College’s website. The first four modules are now available online: Learning Theory, The Development of Temperament, Neurotransmitters and Neuroreceptors. The College has agreed with the Psychiatric Trainees’ Committee that 60-70 learning modules, covering the Basic Sciences MRCPsych curriculum, will be published over the next couple of years. All modules are reviewed by experts and approved by the College Examinations Panels. Trainees Online is looking for authors and expert reviewers.

 

  • Portfolio Online

    An updated version of Portfolio Online will be launched in August 2014, building on the current system and incorporating suggestions from existing users. New features include:

    • Trainees can now request assessments
    • Improved competency mapping
    • Updated curricula, with significantly faster coverage pages
    • Development of evidence through follow-ups and comments
    • More supervisor reports, including ARCPs
    • Single Sign-On linked to College account
    • Faster page loading

    You can now log in to the beta version of the updated Portfolio Online using your current username and password and see a snapshot of your existing account. In order to install the updates, the system will need to be taken offline on Saturday 26 July 2014 at 00:00 (BST); it will be brought back online on or before Sunday 3 August 2014.

 

  • Pathfinder Fellowship 2015 – Application window opens 1 September 2014!

    The Fellowship is now open to all medical students entering their penultimate year of medical school. This is a unique and exciting opportunity for medical students in their penultimate year of study who are interested in pursuing a career in psychiatry.

 

  • Psychiatric Trainees’ Committee: Urgent announcements
    • No exit exam: You may have seen from the e-mail from Dr Wendy Burn, Dean of the College, that plans for an ‘exit exam’ have been shelved for the time being. This is great news.

    • Claim tax back on your MRCPsych exam fees: Following a change in the tax case law, and with advice from our GP colleagues and others, a PTC member has successfully claimed back tax on his MRCPsych exams. Read more...

 

  • Psychiatric Trainees’ Committee Elections

    Elections are being held for the North West, Scottish, South East, Trent, Welsh and West Midland Divisions. Closing date: Monday 4 August 2014

 

  • The divided self: our first members’ art exhibition at Prescot Street: Dr Jackie Gordon

    For almost a quarter of a century I have dipped in and out of medicine – wondering on many occasions if ‘now’ might be the time to become an artist. Thankfully with maturity the notion of having one career or another has become far less important. Read more... 

 

 

 

  • College events and conferences
    • Supporting consultants in their first five years: Launch of new College initiative: 16 October 2014: book now

      ‘StartWell’ is a new College initiative to support consultants in their first five years in post. The initiative covers 6 elements: making connections; continuous learning; using support effectively; personal resilience; clinical leadership and career development. We are hosting a launch event on Thursday 16 October 2014 at the new College building in London. If you are a newly appointed consultant, or in a division and want to support new consultants, contact Nikki Cochrane for further details and to book a place.

 

  • RCPsych Mental Health Information: Special discount for RCPsych members

    Special discount for RCPsych members. Find out more...


   
Fertility ‘link’ to mental illness

 

Fertility ‘link’ to mental illness

 

 

 

 

New powers to check doctors’ English skills a ‘milestone’ for patient safety says regulator

 

New powers to check doctors’ English skills a ‘milestone’ for patient safety says regulator

 

 

 

 

 

President’s update: Bill survey analysis

 

UK Parliament pledges to become the first Dementia-Friendly Parliament in the world

 

 

 

News from other organisations and the NHS

Research of the month

Fertility ‘link’ to mental illness

Women with fertility problems are significantly more likely to give birth to children who develop mental illnesses including serious psychotic conditions, a study has shown. Whether or not the trend is linked to fertility treatment is unknown. Scientists suspect it is more likely to be the result of faulty genes that affect both fertility and mental health.

Researchers examined data on more than two million children born in Denmark between 1969 and 2006. Of the total, 5% were the sons and daughters of women with diagnosed fertility problems. Their risk of having any kind of psychiatric disorder was increased by a third compared with children whose mothers had no difficulty conceiving.

 

Consultation: Mental Health Act Code of Practice

The Department of Health consultation ‘Stronger Code: Better Care’ is asking for your thoughts on a new draft Code includes 5 new guiding principles; significantly updated chapter on how to support children and young people, on the use of restraint and seclusion and the use of police powers and places of safety; new chapters on care planning, equality and human rights, links to the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, and support for victims. The consultation is open until 12 September 2014

 

Public Health England

'Don’t just screen, intervene': improved guidance to improve the health of people living with a mental illness (updated)

Public Health England, NHS England, NHS Improving Quality and the National Audit of Schizophrenia have jointly co-produced an updated version of the Lester UK adaptation of the positive cardiometabolic health resource guidance for healthcare and public health professionals to help improve the physical health of people with mental illness. The tool builds upon the original resource, developed in 2012 from a collaboration between the Royal College of General Practitioners and Royal College of Psychiatrists and led by Professor Helen Lester and released in 2012.

 

New powers to check doctors’ English skills a ‘milestone’ for patient safety says regulator

A change in the law gives the General Medical Council new powers to check the English language skills of licenced doctors in the UK, and has been hailed as a ‘milestone’ for patient safety. The regulator of doctors has campaigned for changes to be made to legislation since 2010, after voicing concerns that European doctors were being allowed to register with a licence to practise medicine in the UK without being asked to evidence their English language knowledge.

 

Parliamentary Update: Health Committee Chair: Dr Sarah Wollaston MP

Dr Sarah Wollaston, who was recently awarded a President’s medal 2014 at the International Congress in London, was elected Chair of the Westminster Health Selected Committee on 18 June 2014. The Conservative candidate for Totnes,  has a background in General Practice and is particularly interested in community hospitals, binge drinking and alcohol-related crime.  

 

UK Parliament pledges to become the first Dementia-Friendly Parliament in the world

The UK Parliament is launching an organisation-wide effort, together with Alzheimer’s Society, to become the first ever Dementia-Friendly Parliament in the world. The Alzheimer’s Society is supporting the initiative which will see all members, staff and the wider parliamentary community improve their understanding of dementia and take action to support those with the condition.

 

 

 


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