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RCPsych eNewsletter - September 2014

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The President, Professor Sir Simon Wessely

College news


From RCPsych eNews Editors: Dr Chrissy Boardman and Dr Howard Ryland

We are delighted to be joined by Professor Hugo Critchley and Dr Sukhi Shergill from the Faculty of Academic Psychiatry who will be helping with the selection of research of the month.


Professor Sir Simon Wessely in the news

Two-thirds of Britons with depression get no treatment: If these figures related to cancer patients the nation would be in uproar, says new president of Royal College of Psychiatrists


Open invitation to an event for psychiatrists: Consultation on proposed changes to the code of practice: Mental Health Act 1983
Open invitation to an event for psychiatrists: Consultation on proposed changes to the code of practice: Mental Health Act 1983







Associate Registrar for Public Mental Health: Dr Peter Byrne
Public mental health: Dr Peter Byrne, Associate Registrar for Public Mental Health




Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management: National Medical Director's Clinical Fellow Scheme: Dr Jennifer Perry
Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management: National Medical Director's Clinical Fellow Scheme: Dr Jennifer Perry





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


Trainees Online (TrOn)






Pathfinder Fellowship 2015 – Application window opens 1 September 2014!


Pathfinder Fellowship 2015 – Application window opens 1 September 2014!






Depression: asking the right question


Depression: asking the right question





  • eNewsletter 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
  • 2. trauma focused CBT
  • 3. amitriptyline
  • 4. bereavement counselling
  • 5. olanzapine
  • Results of last month's quiz: With regard to treatability of personality disorder, what should not be taken into account?

    a.    The availability of specialist centres: 46%

    b.    The avoidance of a diagnostic label: 50%

    c.    Re antisocial personality disorder, the severity of the disorder: 2%

    d.    The impact on function: 2%

    e.    Co-morbid conditions: 0%

    The correct answer is b.


  • Public mental health: Dr Peter Byrne, Associate Registrar for Public Mental Health

    “These are difficult times for Psychiatry and it is tempting to circle the wagons, anticipating further attacks on core mental health services. Short termism, in our paymasters or in us, ignores the major public health opportunities for our patients." Read more...



  • Trainees Online (TrOn)

    TrOn is an online learning resource to support trainee psychiatrists in preparing for MRCPsych exams, especially core psychiatry trainees (CT1-3). Modules are all peer-reviewed by experts, checked by the College’s Examinations Panel for relevance to the MRCPsych syllabus and are supported by the College’s Psychiatric Trainees’ Committee (PTC). If you are an RCPsych member (any category, including PMPTs) you can get full access to Trainees Online free-of-charge. If you are a higher trainee and are interested in writing a module for Trainees Online, or a consultant interested in reviewing modules, please email:


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

    The Fellowship is open to all medical students entering their penultimate year of medical school. To apply visit the College website.  



  • Update from RCPsych in Scotland: Summer 2014: May and June were hectic months in Queen Street for all the staff and officers.  The General Adult Faculty had a really good annual meeting in Crieff Hydro in May with poster presentations from trainees and a number of presentations on a wide variety of topics from Perinatal Psychiatry to Classification and Managing Adverse events. Read more ...


  • Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health: Commissioning for BME Communities

    The JCP have recently produced guidance on service commissioning for Black and Minority Ethnic communities. The guide was launched on 4 July at the Birmingham Botanic Gardens and is now available to download from the JCP website. If you would like hard copies of this guide or any other guide, contact Joel Lewis. The JCP will shortly be producing guides on sustainability led by Dr Daniel Maughan, the College’s Research Fellow in Sustainability.   


  • Consultation
    Depression: asking the right question

    A national survey about depression is currently underway, supported by the College. We are looking for health and social care professionals who care for people with depression to get involved. At the moment psychiatrists are under-represented in survey responses, so we are looking for your input. You may have questions yourself, or ones frequently asked by patients and their families. This is your opportunity to share your questions about depression with the research community and help shape the future research agenda.


  • Evidence-Based Mental Health  (EBMH) journal – New content and Twitter chats: The journal EBMH has changed the format of the content it publishes. New sections aim to engage psychiatrists and psychologists, in the challenge of basing their practice on evidence. Plus the first EBMH Twitter chat is on ‘Violence and mental illness: associations, risk factors and risk assessment’ on 12 Sep 2014, 3pm (BST), #ebmhchat. RCPsych members get online access to EBMH free of charge (via the members' secure area).


  • College events and conferences
    • New Leadership & Management Training Days

      Royal College of Psychiatrists' Head Office, 21 Prescot Street, London, E1 8BB.
      Day 1: Delivering and Developing Your Service: Leadership and Leadership Models (15 September); Day 2: Systemic approaches to leadership: the co-construction of leadership identities (25 November); Day 3: Exploring together: Surviving and thriving as a Medical Leader (8 December).

    • Postgraduate Medical Education Annual Conference 18 – 19 September 2014

      Bookings are now open for  RCPsych’s Annual Conference dedicated to Medical Education. A 2 day conference at our new building in London aimed at trainers, educational supervisors and new consultants interested in medical education in Psychiatry.

    • International Medical Graduates Conference 2014 - 'A Career in Psychiatry - Supporting IMGs and Promoting Excellence in Patient Care': 23 September 2014

      The RCPsych would like to invite International Medical Graduates to a seminar on 'A Career in Psychiatry: Supporting IMGs and Promoting Excellence in Patient Care'. This event is intended for PMPTs, Affiliates and Associate Specialists who are working within the NHS and have been in the UK less than 5 years..

    • General Psychiatry FECC Trainers and Trainees meeting: 24 September 2014

      The General Psychiatry Faculty's Education and Curriculum Committee (FECC) are running an engagement event for both trainers and trainees at the College. The event's overarching aim is to highlight the important role of the FECC within the Faculty. The programme will include a talk from the FECC Chair, Dr Subodh Dave, on an overview of the roles and responsibilities of the FECC and a talk from the College Dean, Dr Wendy Burn, on the Shape of Training review and its implications for General Adult psychiatry training.


Depression could be separate risk factor for dementia


Depression could be separate risk factor for dementia





Department of Health: More flexibility for NHS doctors under European Working Time Directive


Department of Health: More flexibility for NHS doctors under European Working Time Directive






NICE quality standards [QS63]: Delirium


NICE quality standards [QS63]: Delirium




News from other organisations and the NHS

Research of the month

Depression could be separate risk factor for dementia, study suggests

Depression could increase a person's risk of developing dementia independently of the biological factors thought to cause the dementia, according to new research published in Neurology. The research by Rush University Medical School suggests that older people who had experienced some form of depression were more likely to develop either full blown dementia or mild cognitive impairment which is thought to be a precursor to dementia.


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. 


NHS Improving Quality working to improve the cardiovascular health of people with serious mental illness

The Living Longer Lives programme at NHS Improving Quality is delivering a range of projects that aim to identify and prevent cardiovascular disease in people with serious mental illness, ultimately saving lives. Work includes a new CVD screening tool, case studies and webinars, as well as a call for expressions of interest to get involved in a pilot study. The Living Longer Lives programme is currently involved in several projects that will help the NHS better identify people with SMI who have or, are at risk of developing, cardiovascular disease so they can receive appropriate treatment.


Health and Social Care Information Centre: Number of patients with recorded diagnosis of dementia increases by 62 per cent over seven years

Provisional figures from the HSCIC show 344,000 patients had a recorded diagnosis of dementia in 2013-14. This is a rise from 319,000 in 2012-13 and from 213,000 in 2006-07, when the data was first collected. These statistics show the numbers of patients registered with GP practices in England who have a recorded diagnosis of dementia and this is the first time the HSCIC has published a standalone report on this subject.


Guide to new mental health commissioning system released

Information about patients eligible to be cared for under a new commissioning system for mental health has been released for the first time and will support commissioners introducing the new mental health currencies and payment system, which is due to be rolled out across England in 2014/15.


Scottish Government: Information on the use of antidepressants in Scotland

The Scottish Government have published a document explaining what existing data sources tell us about the quality of anti-depressant prescribing in Scotland.


Update from NICE

NICE quality standards [QS63]: Delirium


British Science Festival 2014

Mental health diagnosis in society and the media

Sunday 7 September 2014: 13.00 - 14.00.

Lecture Theatre G15, Muirhead Tower, University of Birmingham


A panel discussion on the ways mental health diagnosis of young people is perceived in research, medical care, the media and society. Why is there such a stigma about mental health problems? Question the experts as they explore the issue and try to address the crucial question: How can the situation be improved?


This event is a panel discussion which aims to break down some of the barriers and stigmas in the public perception of mental health diagnosis. There will be a panel of research, media and clinical experts who will discuss their specific experiences of mental health diagnosis and associated social stigma. The session will have a focus on the implications for young people receiving a diagnosis and their career and social prospects. Participants: Michael Bloomfield, Sally Brampton, Mark Salter


World Mental Health Day 2014: 10 October 2014

This year’s theme: "Living with Schizophrenia": The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.



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