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RCPsych eNewsletter - October 2014

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Update from the President: Assisted Dying for the terminally ill: the debate continues

Annabel Price, Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist, Cambrige and Professor Sir Simon Wessely, President RCPsych

On 18 July, after a ten hour debate involving 130 members, the House of Lords allowed Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill to pass through Second Reading to Committee stage. This means that the Bill will now be scrutinised line by line and amendments proposed before moving to Report stage. Read more ...

 


Chief Medical Officer unveils first mental health report
 
Chief Medical Officer unveils first mental health report – the first to focus on the mental health of the nation
 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from our Specialist Adviser in Crisis Care: Dr Mary Jane Tacchi
 
Message from our Specialist Adviser in Crisis Care: Dr Mary Jane Tacchi
 

 

 

 

 

 

Health services need more support to deal with growing club drug and Novel Psychoactive Substance use, warn leading psychiatrists
 
Health services need more support to deal with growing club drug and Novel Psychoactive Substance use, warn leading psychiatrists
 

 

 

 

 

 

Pathfinder Fellowship 2015 – Application window opens 1 September 2014!

 

Pathfinder Fellowship 2015 – Application window: 1 September 2014 - 30 September 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update from RCPsych in Scotland

 

Centre for Advanced Learning & Conference (CALC) are launching a number of new educational meetings over the next few months.

 

 


  • Chief Medical Officer unveils first mental health report   

    Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies unveiled the second annual CMO’s report – the first to focus on the mental health of the nation - at a launch event hosted by the Royal College of Psychiatrists on 9 September. Some 90 of the great and good of healthcare heard the CMO discuss the report’s key findings at the College’s headquarters in Prescot Street, London. Read more ...

 

  • Message from our Specialist Adviser in Crisis Care: Dr Mary Jane Tacchi

    “I am extremely excited by the challenge of my new role as Special Advisor in Crisis Care for the College. The main task is to coordinate the RCPsych's response to the Crisis Care Concordat. I will be working closely with Peter Aitken and Julie Chalmers to make the aspirations of the concordat a reality. In order to do so I need your help though: please send me any ideas, comments, suggestions and examples of good practice (or invitations for me to see them!).  I really look forward to working with you.”

 

  • Memorial Service for Dr Henry Rollin

    A Memorial Service is being held for Dr. Henry Rollin (1911-2014) at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street, London E1 on Tuesday 28 October at 2.30 pm.  All members of the College are most welcome. Could you let Dr Maria Rollin know if you would like to attend.

 

 

  • eNewsletter polls: your views wanted

    Is crisis care a significant part of your role?

    Results of last month's poll

    I think one Mental Health Act for all four Nations of the United Kingdom is best for patients: 61% Agreed, 35% Disagreed, 4% had no opinion.

 

  • eNewsletter 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
    • 2. Medium intensity supervised contact is the preferred arrangement if the parent involved has a serious mental
    • 3. Unsupervised contact aims to maintain and promote a positive conflict-free relationship
    • 4. Guided contact requires a professional who is attempting to effect change within the relationship
    • 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

    Results of last month's quiz:

    According to NICE guidelines, older children with severe post-traumatic symptoms or with severe PTSD in the first month after the traumatic event should be offered one of the following:

    • 1. Debriefing: 46%

    • 2. trauma focused CBT: 50%

    • 3. amitriptyline: 2%

    • 4. bereavement counselling: 2%

    • 5. olanapine: 0%

    The correct answer is 2.

 

 

  • Application window for the 3rd: 1 September 2014 - 30 September 2014

    The Royal College of Psychiatrists is approaching the third year of its new initiative, Pathfinder Fellowships, which provide a unique and exciting opportunity for medical students in their penultimate year of study who are interested in pursuing a career in psychiatry. We are seeking the next generation of psychiatrists to lead the profession into the future. The Pathfinder Fellowship award is worth up to £5000 over 3 years that will include fantastic benefits. Members in contact with enthusiastic medical students may wish to encourage them to apply.

 

  • CALC are launching a number of new educational meetings over the next few months.
    • Introduction to peer reviewing for psychiatric journals: 14 October 2014

    • Physical Health Conference: the deteriorating patient; avoiding catastrophe: 13 November

    • Leadership & Management: Systemic approaches to leadership: The co-construction of leadership identities: 25 November 2014

    • CPD Updates: 17 November 2014

    • Leadership & Management: Exploring together: Surviving and thriving as a medical leader: 8 December 2014

    • CPD Updates: 15 December 2014

 


   
Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults

 

Children's mental health services 'in need of reform'

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

New YoungMinds resource: Academic Resilience

 

New YoungMinds resource: Academic Resilience

 

 

 

 

 

Gaining international recognition for sustainability

 

RCPsych Sustainability Summit: Environment, Society & Psychiatry

 

 

 

News from other organisations and the NHS

 

Children's mental health services 'in need of reform'

The Local Government Association believes that only full reform of the mental health system can now ensure improvement. With councils committed to vital change and already playing their part, the LGA is calling on government to provide adequate funding and resources to ensure early diagnosis for children. 

 

In a letter to the Guardian, Dr Peter Hindley, Chair of RCPsych Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Faculty responded by strongly supporting the call for an overhaul of child and adolescent mental health services. 

 
Research of the month

40% percent of women with severe mental illness are victims of rape or attempted rape

Women with severe mental illness are up to five times more likely than the general population to be victims of sexual assault and two to three times more likely to suffer domestic violence, reveals new research led by University College London and King's College London funded by the Medical Research Council and the Big Lottery. The study, published in Psychological Medicine, found that 40% of women surveyed with severe mental illness had suffered rape or attempted rape in adulthood, of whom 53% had attempted suicide as a result. In the general population, 7% of women had been victims of rape or attempted rape, of whom 3% had attempted suicide. 12% of men with severe mental illness had been seriously sexually assaulted, compared with 0.5% of the general population.

 

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

A new report by the We Need to Talk coalition found that more than one in ten (12%) people with mental health problems are stuck on waiting lists for over a year before receiving talking treatments and over half (54%) wait over three months. The survey of over 1,600 people who have tried to access talking therapies such as counselling and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy on the NHS in England over the last two years also shows how some people are paying for private therapy to get the help they desperately need. One in ten (11%) said that they had faced costs for private treatment because the therapy they needed was not available on the NHS. 

 

NHS England: Mental Health resource describes what personalised, coordinated care and support looks like

NHS England’s Clinical Director for Mental Health, Geraldine Strathdee, has welcomed the launch of “No Assumptions – A Narrative for Personalised, Coordinated Care and Support in Mental Health, which describes what personalised, coordinated care and support looks like. Mental health services should consider “who I am, what’s important to me, how I wish to be supported and how people behave with me”.

 

New YoungMinds resource: Academic Resilience

The Academic Resilience approach supports schools to have a greater impact on the achievements of their most vulnerable or disadvantaged pupils. It comprises free, accessible resources including practical tools, case studies, film clips, and downloads.

 

New tools to help mental health professionals with physical health CQUIN

Rethink Mental Illness has developed a suite of tools including care pathways, physical health checks and ward posters to support professionals improve the physical health care of people with mental illness, and to make sure that the new CQUIN introduced by NHS England earlier this year has the greatest possible impact. These tools will ‘bridge the gap’ and enable staff address the physical health needs of people with mental illness and the Integrated Physical Health Pathway has been endorsed by the Royal Colleges of GPs, Nursing and Psychiatrists.

 

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems: Minimum Unit Price for alcohol: your support wanted

The policy of Minimum Unit Price for alcohol continues to move forward throughout the UK and Ireland. Scotland has passed legislation, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are keen to do so and in England the policy remains under consideration. Support from health bodies and front line staff has been very important throughout the campaign and SHAAP (Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems) is asking for your support in our battle to reduce the harms that alcohol causes in Scotland, and to clear the way for other Governments to follow suit. Please register your support online. Here are more facts on Scotland's Alcohol Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) legislation.

 

RCPsych & RCGPs: Mental Health Primary Care resources

Factsheets series updated in 2014: originally developed by the former Primary Care Mental Health Forum which was jointly chaired by the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Each factsheet provides a quick and easy practical reference for primary care professionals. These factsheets were reviewed and updated by Professor Carolyn Chew-Graham and Dr David Shiers to reflect new evidence and evolving models of service provision.

 

Events and Conferences: Book Now

  • RCPsych Sustainability Summit: Environment, Society & Psychiatry

    1 October 2014 at 21 Prescot Street, London E1.

    This Summit will bring mental health professionals together from across the UK, who have an interest in sustainability. It will discuss the future of mental health services in relation to the economic, environmental and social resources needed to maintain high quality services.

  • MindTech 2014 National Symposium: Mind The Gap: How can evidence keep pace with new technologies in mental healthcare?

    Monday 24 November 2014, Royal College of Physicians, London.

    MindTech 2014 brings together leaders in clinical practice, patient experience, academic research, industry and technology development to address the key challenges in building a faster evidence-base to support implementation of new technologies in mental healthcare.

 


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