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RCPsych eNewsletter - November 2014

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The President, Professor Sir Simon Wessely

College news

 

Update from the President: Professor Sir Simon Wessely

First steps to making parity a reality

Yesterday, (8 October), the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg introduced the first ever waiting targets for mental health. He announced that patients referred by doctors for talking therapies for conditions such as depression or anxiety should start treatment within six weeks. The maximum waiting time will be 18 weeks, the same as for those waiting for treatment for physical problems, such as hip and knee surgery. Read more...

 


College elections
 
Annual elections - President: Notice to Members and Fellows 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Professor Dinesh Bhugra, new President, World Psychiatric Association (WPA)
 
Professor Dinesh Bhugra, new President, World Psychiatric Association (WPA)
 

 

 

 

 

 

Medical bodies unite to combat addiction to medicines
 
Have you ever been prescribed benzodiazepines?
 

 

 

 

 

 

The Trainees’ speaking prize for the best presentation on the Friday morning was won by Dr Julie Langan Martin

 

RCPsych in Scotland Update

 

 

 

 

 

 

Payment Systems Update: Dr Bohdan Solomka, Specialist Adviser for Mental Health Payment Systems

 

Payment Systems Update: Dr Bohdan Solomka, Specialist Adviser for Mental Health Payment Systems

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Accreditation Programme for Psychological Therapies Services (APPTS)

 

New Accreditation Programme for Psychological Therapies Services (APPTS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 Political Party Conferences: Are the parties finally moving from ‘good words to good deeds’ on mental health?

 

2014 Political Party Conferences: Are the parties finally moving from ‘good words to good deeds’ on mental health?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adopt-a-Book

 

New from RCPsych Library and Information Service: OpenAthens

 

 

 

 

 

 

CBT for Adults: A Practical Guide for Clinicians

 

CBT for Adults: A Practical Guide for Clinicians

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Daniel Maughan: first RCPsych Research Fellowship in Sustainability

 

21 November 2014: Enabling Environments Annual Conference

 

 


  • Annual elections - President: Notice to Members and Fellows    

    Fellows and Members are reminded of their rights under the Bye-Laws and Regulations. The nominating meeting of the Council will be held on Friday 24 October, 2014 and the last date for receiving nominations under Regulation XI (2) above will therefore be Friday 21 November, 2014. Professor Sir Simon Wessely is in his first year of office as President and is therefore eligible for re-election. Nomination forms are available from Sue Duncan. Read more…

 

  • News on College members
    Professor Dinesh Bhugra, new President, World Psychiatric Association (WPA)

    The last General Assembly of the WPA on 16 September in Madrid elected Professor Dinesh Bhugra President of the Association for the next three years. Professor Bhugra indicated that the goals of his tenure will include domestic gender-based interpersonal violence, paying specific attention to the role of alcoholism and other psychiatric problems; child sexual, physical and emotional abuse and its impact on development and personality; prisoner mental health care; vulnerable minority groups such as migrants asylum seekers, the LGBT population, people with learning disabilities, the elderly etc; and mental health promotion. He also stated: “my passion is putting training and education in a resourceful way back into LAMI countries.”

 

  • RCPsych in the News

 

  • Have you ever been prescribed benzodiazepines? Have you tried to stop, or reduce, them?

    If you have, the Royal College of Psychiatrists would like to hear about your experiences. Our short survey only takes about 10 minutes to fill in and will be completely confidential. Your answers will help us to put together a leaflet for other people who want to stop, or reduce, this medication.

     

  • RCPsych in Scotland Update

    Summer is well and truly over, the clocks are changing soon and it is conference season. Our Forensic Faculty had a great meeting in Dunblane Hydro on the historic day of the 19 September when Scotland woke up to find itself still part of the UK. Despite the “morning after” feeling the speakers were all very well received and everyone had a good day. Read more...

 

 

  • eNewsletter Quiz:

    With regard to recent observations on premature mortality in patients with schizophrenia and other psychoses, which one of the following is false?

    1. Family involvement may reduce mortality risk
    2. Digestive tract disorders contribute noticeably to excess deaths of ‘natural causes’
    3. The difference in mortality rates between people with psychotic disorder and the general population has decreased markedly over the last decade
    4. Suicide is the leading cause of death before aged 65 years
    5. Women have a reduced risk of suicide and accident compared to male patients

    Results of last month's quiz:

    Which one of the following statements re contact arrangements between a child and a parent with a mental illness is NOT true?

    • 1. Medium intensity supervised contact involves a neutral adult to observe and/or be available to the child: 5%

    • 2. Medium intensity supervised contact is the preferred arrangement if the parent involved has a serious mental: 11%

    • 3. Unsupervised contact aims to maintain and promote a positive conflict-free relationship: 47%

    • 4. Guided contact requires a professional who is attempting to effect change within the relationship: 11%

    • 5. Low intensity supervised contact involves contact with professional at beginning and end of the session and can be used to ensure that the parent is not drunk: 26%

    The correct answer is 2.

 

  • Payment Systems Update: Dr Bohdan Solomka, Specialist Adviser for Mental Health Payment Systems

    A key theme emerging from the Payment Systems Project is 'Transparency' - can MH service providers describe to commissioners what they do, why they do it (evidence base), to meet what needs? The purpose of the transparency is to start an open dialogue with commissioners about these fundamental questions. Monitor and NHS England released their ‘Tariff Engagement Documents’ in July 2014 (TED) in which they stated that they want to ensure local payment systems enable a person-centred approach to care and parity between physical and mental health. Read more...

     

  • Medical Training Initiative (MTI)

    The MTI Scheme, which permits psychiatrists from outside Europe to come to the UK for a period of training, is now up and running and accepting applications for 2015 placements. Dr Mohammed Al Uzri, our Specialist Advisor for MTI, outlines some of the benefits of the scheme: “The scheme promotes the sharing of knowledge and skills between different cultures, enhancing professional understanding of mental health across cultures. It also enhances the College’s international role and work in promoting good standards of care for patients with mental illness - especially in Low and Middle Income countries.”

     

  • New Accreditation Programme for Psychological Therapies Services (APPTS)

    APPTS has been launched by the CCQI and British Psychological Society. APPTS will take services through a supportive and engaging process of self and peer review to assess how each service is performing against an agreed set of quality standards. As well as identifying and acknowledging services that have high standards, APPTS aims to share best practice and facilitate service improvement. Services can sign up now to become part of the first cohort of member services. Email appts@rcpsych.ac.uk with any queries

     

  • Publication of National Audit of Learning Disabilities (Feasibility Study)

    The College has recently published the results of a feasibility study for a national audit of learning disability. Twelve GP practices, nine acute hospitals, and seven mental health services across England and Wales took part. The results show that many people with learning disabilities are being offered care that falls below acceptable standards. While some hospitals have implemented systems for flagging people with learning disability and employ specialist nurses to help make sure that reasonable adjustments are made, most staff felt that they had not received the training they require to help them meet the needs of people with learning disabilities. Problems were also identified with the quality of physical health care that people receive, especially in mental health units

     

  • Mental health Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) 2014/15

    The RCPsych is managing the data collection process for part 1 of the national mental health CQUIN for 2014/15. The CQUIN aims to support NHS England’s commitment to reduce premature mortality in people with severe mental illness and improve their safety through improved assessment, treatment and communication between clinicians. Part 1 of the CQUIN focuses on patients with psychosis, including schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder. All inpatient beds in all NHS commissioned sectors, including the independent sector, are eligible for inclusion in the CQUIN. We are supporting service providers to collect data to demonstrate full implementation of appropriate processes for assessing, documenting and acting on cardiometabolic risk factors in patients with psychosis. 80 service providers have registered to participate.

  • Our Public Affairs Manager, Megan Cleaver, and Dr Adrian James report
    2014 Political Party Conferences: Are the parties finally moving from ‘good words to good deeds’ on mental health?

    With less than a year to go before the 2015 General Election, this year’s party conference season was always going to be an exciting one- a chance for the three main parties to convince voters of their readiness to Govern the country. And for the College, a chance to see whether the three main parties’ warm words around mental health will finally translate to real action in 2015- meeting with key Government Ministers and MPs including Jeremy Hunt, Norman Lamb, Paul Burstow, Luciana Berger and Sarah Wollaston. Read more...

     

  • New from RCPsych Library and Information Service: OpenAthens

    The Library is trialling OpenAthens for access to our e-journals and Ovid databases. Athens is institution and resource specific, so if you have an NHS Athens login, or a University login, it won’t work for access to our resources. Members can request a username and password if they email infoservices@rcpsych.ac.uk. Most registered users are happy to have just one login for full-text journal access. For the titles that aren’t available via Athens, we ask users to email us to request them via our inter-library loan system, for which there is usually a fee. The Library service is thinking of adding additional resources to Athens once it is sure that this is what users want. Our present licence permits up to 500 users, which we will increase next year if necessary. Your feedback is always welcome.

  • New RCPsych Publication

    A new comprehensive guide to the application of cognitive–behavioural therapy (CBT) throughout adult psychiatry; it includes case histories to illustrate the application as well as the theory underpinning the techniques; incorporates all schools of CBT including behavioural, cognitive, schema-focused and third generation therapies.

     

 

  • Research of the month
    Suffering in silence: The truth about mental health in the workplace:
    • 4 in 10 UK employees have experienced stress, anxiety or depression and not told their employer

    • Over 50% of all workers believe being open about a common mental health problem would damage their career prospects
    • More than a quarter of employees have taken a sick day saying it was for a physical problem when it was actually due to a mental health issue

 

 


   
Time to Change campaign

 

Time to Change has released data revealing public attitudes towards mental illness have improved significantly in recent years.

 

 

 

 

We Need to Talk: People with mental health problems still waiting over a year for talking treatments

 

Psychological therapies: annual report on use of improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) services: England, 2013 to 2014

 

 

 

 

 

Bipolar Awareness Day

 

Major bipolar survey launched

 

 

 

News from other organisations and the NHS

 

NHS England: Achieving Better Access to Mental Health Services by 2020

Further investment and new standards for mental health services have been announced by NHS England Chief Executive, Simon Stevens and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg as part of Achieving Better Access to Mental Health Services by 2020, a five-year ambition that will see new access and waiting times standards introduced, helping to put mental health on an equal footing with physical health services.  

 
Public attitudes to mental health have improved but still more to do

Time to Change has released data revealing public attitudes towards mental illness have improved significantly in recent years, with the biggest annual improvement in the last decade taking place in 2013. Over the last two years, attitudes have improved by 4.8 percent which equates to an estimated two million people in England with improved attitudes towards those with mental health problems.

 

Child Sexual Exploitation: Improving Recognition and Response in Health Settings

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges published new guidance to doctors and other health professionals to help them spot the warning signs of child sexual exploitation and refer those concerns to helping services quickly and effectively. Lead author, Dr Tara Weeramanthri, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, said: “It is important that doctors and health professionals are aware that children and young people who are sexually exploited can present across a range of health settings with a variety of physical and mental health problems. We need to actively consider the possibility of sexual exploitation in their assessments. Given how diverse presentations can be, we need to be alert to these concerns and play our part in assisting young people in this situation.” 

 

New Kings Fund report: London needs action plan for mental health

Transforming mental health: a plan of action for London outlines the need for London to have an action plan for mental health to address wide variations in quality of care and meet commitments to put mental health on an equal footing with physical health.

 

Care Quality Commission (CQC): new range of documents

Following a consultation earlier this year, the CQC have published a range of documents for the acute, mental health and community health sectors, alongside the CQC’s response to the consultation, the hospitals regulatory impact assessment and equality assessment and their human rights approach.

 

Health and Social Care Information Centre

Psychological therapies: annual report on use of improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) services: England, 2013 to 2014. Annual summary statistics of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) dataset.

 

Update from NICE

CG 185: Bipolar disorder: the assessment and management of bipolar disorder in adults, children and young people in primary and secondary care. Also mentioned is that more support is needed for carers of people with bipolar disorder.

 

Major bipolar survey launched

On Bipolar Awareness Day, 7 October 2014, a major survey was launched giving individuals and their families the opportunity to influence research into the causes, diagnosis, treatment and care of bipolar. The survey will be the first of its kind in the UK. The responses will be used to identify the top 10 unanswered questions about bipolar and inform future research priorities.

 

Update on www.minded.org.uk

MindEd now also contains 72 new e-learning sessions and ten modules, all available free of charge. This new material is built specifically to support the national CAMHS workforce, including those who undertake the CYP IAPT training programme.

 

 


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