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RCPsych eNewsletter - April 2015

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President-elect: Professor Sir Simon Wessely

College news


Update from the President: Professor Sir Simon Wessely

So there is an election coming on and we have published our wish list and our top six asks.


And even before a vote has been cast, some of these have already been adopted by all the main parties, at least in part. That’s not a surprise, because all the main parties have been trying to outdo each other when it comes to talking up mental health. But whoever wins will lack the money to make good most of their promises. Sure, there will be some gains. Read more...


Sarah Holmes Service User Contributor of the Year, RCPsych Awards
RCPsych Awards 2015: Call for Entries






New Special Interest Group (SIG) request: Evolutionary Psychiatry
New Special Interest Group (SIG) request: Evolutionary Psychiatry






Dr Daniel Maughan: first RCPsych Research Fellowship in Sustainability
Dr Daniel Maughan, RCPsych Research Fellow in Sustainability








Research of the month: in your College journals this month







Engaging Retired members: Join us at the International Congress in Birmingham: Professor Sab Bhaumik & Ann Paul


Engaging Retired members: Join us at the International Congress in Birmingham: Professor Sab Bhaumik & Ann Paul







Associate Dean for Trainee Support, Dr Subodh Dave


Associate Dean for Trainee Support, Dr Subodh Dave







Leadership in Psychiatry Interview with Baroness Hollins: Nicole Eady, Lucy Potter and Jen Perry


Leadership in Psychiatry Interview with Baroness Hollins: Nicole Eady, Lucy Potter and Jen Perry







Highlights from RCPsych in Scotland


Highlights from RCPsych in Scotland




  • RCPsych Awards 2015: Call for Entries

    These Awards mark the highest level of achievement in psychiatry. This is your opportunity to nominate the outstanding teams and individuals who are making a real difference to mental health services. We are including the same 17 Award categories in 2015. Deadline for entries: Monday 20 April 2015


  • RCPsych Fellowship

    Fellowship of the College is awarded as a mark of distinction and recognition of contributions to psychiatry. Because it is a College award, candidates and citators are asked to demonstrate and evidence significant contributions to the core purposes of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Applications welcome until 30 June 2015.


  • New Special Interest Group (SIG) request: Evolutionary Psychiatry

    Council agreed to a proposal from Dr Riadh Abed to establish an Evolutionary Arts SIG. Read more...


  • Commission on Acute Adult Psychiatric Care: deadline for submissions extended

    The deadline for submitting evidence to the Commission has been extended to Wednesday 8 April 2015. The Commission will be spending 2015 reviewing the provision of acute inpatient psychiatric care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It will investigate the causes of pressures on beds and examine the relationships between inpatient services and other aspects of the health and social care system.


  • Sustainability in Psychiatry Occasional Paper
    Dr Daniel Maughan, RCPsych Research Fellow in Sustainability

    It is a great pleasure for me, as sustainability fellow for the college, to be launching this Occasional Paper about Sustainability in Psychiatry on NHS Sustainability Day. Vanessa Cameron, CEO of RCPsych, who has been a crucial player in bringing about both this Occasional Paper and this focus on sustainability in psychiatry says that “the Royal College of Psychiatrists is committed to improving the sustainability of mental health care in the UK. We are delighted to be publishing “Sustainable Psychiatry” which is a key document setting out the principles of sustainable health care and what this means for mental health service delivery today.” Read more...



  • Call for representatives for Concordat Task and Finish Group
    Dr Mary-Jane Tacchi, RCPsych Crisis Care Lead

    We are looking for a group to meet over the next 12 months to look at the concordat pledges made by the College and ensure they become a reality. We need expertise in crisis, addictions, liaison, older people, young people, adults, intellectual disabilities - anyone with an interest really! We want to widen the scope and debate about mental health crises beyond Section 136 (which is important but only a small percentage of the work) and the concordat covers everything from early intervention to prevent a crisis through to experience in crisis and relapse prevention. We need to lead the discussion about service provision in our areas of expertise and have robust debates with those involved. Please contact Dr Mary-Janes Tacchi.



  • This month's quiz

    Things we have learnt: Dementia: please choose whether the following are true or false...

    Result of last month’s quiz: Things we have learnt: Intelligence: Choose the correct answer(s): more than one may be correct

    1. Has a greater genetic contribution, relative to environmental factors, in childhood than later life? 56%
    2. Is the behavioural trait most commonly shared between a couple? 38%
    3. Has a normal bell-curve distribution? 69%
    4. Is not correlated with physical health outcomes? 4%
    5. Neuroimaging work has burst the myth of gender differences memory processing by showing no overall variation between males and female brains? 33%

    Correct answers: 2 and 3 are true; 1 there is a greater genetic contribution to later life intelligence; 5 neuroimaging data follow neuropsychology work and folk-tales: men and women do it differently.


  • Research of the month: in your College journals this month

    Round-up by Derek K Tracy, Dan W Joyce, Sukhwinder S Shergill. Read more…


  • Engaging Retired members: Join us at the International Congress in Birmingham: Professor Sab Bhaumik & Ann Paul

    A session for retired psychiatrists is being arranged at the International Congress on 1 July 2015 in Birmingham. Read more...


  • Associate Dean for Trainee Support, Dr Subodh Dave

    “I am delighted to be appointed the Associate Dean for Trainee Support. I have a dual clinical/teaching job – part-time Consultant Community Psychiatrist in Derby and part-time Clinical Teaching Fellow/Honorary Associate Professor, University of Nottingham. I am also the Programme Lead for MMed (Psychiatry) at the University of Zambia.” Read more... 



  • The Morris Markowe Public Education Prize

    An award of £1,000 will be made in 2015 to the successful entrant. The prize is open to all members of the College, including trainees. Apply now.


  • Nick Kitson (1950-2014)A celebration of his life and work: Dr Peter Hindley

    Afternoon of talks and sign poetry followed by drinks reception: Friday 15 May 2015, 2 - 5pm at 21 Prescot Street, London E1 8BB

    Nick Kitson was a remarkable person. He had a calm, reassuring but powerful presence and made an impact on many people's lives. Foremost amongst his achievements are his contributions to the mental health of deaf people, both nationally and internationally. Nick was the first of a new breed of medical managers who saw the importance of working closely with the voluntary sector, particularly Sign and the British Society for Mental Health and Deafness (BSMHD).As medical director at Pathfinder (now SWLStG) he was central to the management of the trust. Sadly, Nick died prematurely on 28/02/14. He is survived by his wife, Karen, two daughters, Natasha and Hannah and four grandchildren. The College, with the BSMHD, is holding an event to celebrate Nick's life and work. If you would like to come please let Stella Galea know by 17 April 2015.


  • A Statue is present: Stories of melancholy & Raving Madness: Invitation to Private View on 9 April, 6 to 8 pm at 21 Prescot Street, London E1 8BB

    The College has been collaborating with a group of students from the Cass School of Art MA Curating the Contemporary in putting together an exhibition which draws on the history of Melancholy & Raving Madness, two eighteenth century Caius Ciber statues, to investigate improvements in the treatment of mental health through contemporary art. The show features newly commissioned multi-media works by Mikey Cook, Travis Jeppesen, Jérémie Magar and Daniel Silver, which respond to the statues and bring back their presence under new, positive meaning. The exhibition will run at the College from 9 April till 9 May 2015. If you are interested in attending the Private View, please email Deborah Hart by Tuesday 7 April.


  • Leadership in Psychiatry Interview with Baroness Hollins: Nicole Eady, Lucy Potter and Jen Perry

    Baroness Hollins talks about being a cross bench peer in the House of Lords. Read more...


  • Highlights from RCPsych in Scotland

    Find out the latest news and developments in Scotland.  Read more...


  • RCPsych in the news
    • Work and Wellbeing in the NHS: Professor Sir Simon Wessely, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists said the report: “provides yet more evidence of the urgent need to improve the health of the NHS workforce.”

    • The Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Taskforce Recommendations. Future in mind: Promoting, protecting and improving our children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing

    • Help is at hand for consumers in times of need: New guidance on improving banking for people with health conditions.



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Equality & Human Rights Commission








CPD Online: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder


Depression in children and young people: Identification and management in primary, community and secondary care




News from other organisations and the NHS

Equality & Human Rights Commission

The Equality & Human Rights Commission has published the findings of an inquiry into how the human rights of detainees with mental health conditions are protected across the health, prison and police settings. Dr Paul Lelliott, CQC's Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals (lead for mental health), said: "We welcome the publication of this important report, which reiterates yet again, our concerns about how people with serious mental health concerns are cared for and protected across health, prison and police settings.

"In particular, the report highlights that police cells are not appropriate places for people with serious mental illness to be detained and that physical restraint must be used in accordance with national guidelines and only when absolutely necessary.”


Notice from the Department of Health

Mental Health Act Code of Practice completes passage through Parliament

The revised Mental Health Act Code of Practice has completed Parliamentary scrutiny unchallenged. This means that from April 1, the revised Code comes into effect as planned, replacing the 2008 Code, which remains in force until that date.


NHS England: new blog

NHS England's National Clinical Director for Mental Health, Dr Geraldine Strathdee, has published a new blog post outlining what she believes are the "next steps for mental health”.  Reviewing the progress made so far on goals like parity of esteem, she identifies improved data sharing, enhanced access to care, reduced stigma around mental health and better child and adolescent services as key priorities for the future.


Update from NICE







International Congress: Birmingham: 29 June – 2 July 2015




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