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RCPsych eNewsletter - February 2015

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Welcome from Dr Howard Ryland, our new Editor, RPsych eNewsletter

College news


Article and survey from Dr Howard Ryland, our new Editor

Welcome to the first eNewsletter edition of the new year and also my first as the new editor. It has been a great pleasure to have worked for almost the last two years as assistant editor with Dr Chrissy Boardman, who did a fantastic job as Editor, making the newsletter engaging, exciting and relevant. Thank you Chrissy! Read more...


Dr Billy Bolland
The Psychiatry Leadership Interviews: Dr Billy Bolland






MedFest 2015
MedFest 2015






RCPsych Annual Debate for young people
RCPsych Annual Debate for young people






CPD Online: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder


£50m cuts to Child & Adolescent Mental Health



  • The Psychiatry Leadership Interviews: second in the series

    This is the second in a series of interviews exploring a variety of themes, including the leaders’ reflections on their careers and their views on leadership in psychiatry. Dr Jen Perry and Dr Lucy Potter talk to Dr Billy Boland, consultant psychiatrist and Associate Medical Director (AMD) at Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, St Albans.






  • This month's quiz

    Things we learnt in 2014: Clinical Assessment. Choose the correct answer(s): more than one may be correct.


  • MedFest returns for a 5th year: Dr Khurram Sadiq and Dr Georgia Belam

    We are pleased to announce the return of MedFest – the UK’s only medical film festival. Now in its 5th year, the theme of MedFest 2014 is ‘Global Medicine & Civilizations’. Read more …


  • Psychiatry in Practice: The Clinical Skills Series

    It's difficult for medical students with an interest in psychiatry to get direct experience of seeing patients. To help students gain some insight into clinical psychiatry, three video-based tutorials have been developed, and are made feely available to Student Associates of the College.



  • End of free access to CPD Online

    Free access to CPD Online for Trainees and Affiliates ends on 28 February 2015. Read more...


  • RCPsych Annual Debate for Young People
    • Is adolescence is more trouble than it’s worth? Dr Jim Bolton, Associate Registrar for Public Engagement. Read more...



  • Save the date: Public Mental Health Network meeting

    Dr Peter Byrne, Associate Registrar for Public Mental Health would like to invite you to a Public Mental Health Network conference at the College in Prescot Street on 16 March 2015 from 12 noon onwards. It is proposed to cover issues such as mindfulness, physical health, wellbeing and smoking/vaping. Please save the date and further details will be available on the College website.



Personal Independence Payment: assessment thresholds and consultation


Transparency of Payments to Healthcare Professionals








Ebola key messages


Ebola takes mental health toll where 'life has frozen' in Sierra Leone








Alcohol-licensing regime


BMA: Minimum unit pricing and standardised packaging are vital in making real difference to public health




News from other organisations and the NHS



Revised Code of Practice: Mental Health Act (1983) published

Subject to parliamentary approval, it will come into force on 1 April 15. The revised Code aims to provide stronger protection for patients and clarify roles, rights and responsibilities.


Transparency of Payments to Healthcare Professionals

A European directive coming into force this year, whereby pharmaceutical companies need to disclose payments made to individual healthcare professionals for various things (speaking at & chairing meetings; advisory board participation; sponsorship in relation to attendance at meetings; etc). Some other elements (associated with R&D) will be disclosed at an aggregated rather than individual level. Regards the individual disclosures, these will be made for the first time in 2016, and will relate to payments in 2015. It is hoped this move to greater transparency will provide a better platform for ensuring the relationship between industry and the healthcare profession is conducted in an appropriate way, and so avoid some of the criticisms of yesteryear.


Academy of Medical Royal Colleges: Flexible careers committee’s maternity/paternity leave survey

If you have ever taken either maternity or paternity leave the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Flexible Careers Committee kindly invites you to take part in this national survey. The results will be used to develop improved standards and guidelines, particularly with regard to support when returning to work. We will also use the data to lobby government and employers to improve facilities and support for employees during periods of maternity/paternity leave with an emphasis on retaining skills and preparing for return to work. Closing date: 30 January 2015.


Ebola takes mental health toll where 'life has frozen' in Sierra Leone

Panic and depression rise in hard-hit area as communities battle bereavement, changing family roles - and even boredom.

Ebola is causing mental health problems in Sierra Leone, with the country's overstretched health system unable to deal with the psychosocial legacy of the outbreak, according to a report by the International Medical Corps.


Parliament UK: Parity of Esteem for Mental Health

Achieving parity of esteem between mental and physical health in care standards and public attitudes has been attempted for decades. This note outlines the history of these efforts, the various ways in which parity is defined and measured, the challenges of achieving this ideal and the strategies that may be employed to that end.


BMA: Minimum unit pricing and standardised packaging are vital in making real difference to public health

Responding to the Labour Party's announcement on public health, BMA board of science chair, Professor Sheila Hollins, said: "Today's announcement from the Labour Party that it plans to reduce the affordability of white cider is a step in the right direction to tackling the growing impact of alcohol-related harm. The way to make a real difference to those whose health is at risk as a result of drinking too much alcohol is to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol."


Health Foundation: Funding available for innovations to improve health care

£1.5 million available for up to 20 teams to test and develop innovative ideas to improve health care delivery in the UK. As part of our new Innovating for Improvement programme, they are looking for projects that aim to improve health care delivery and/or the way people manage their own health care. Deadline: 12 noon, 10 February 2015.


Update from NICE


NHS England: Mental health choice guidance published

NHS England has published updated guidance to help commissioners, GPs and providers support mental health patients exercising their legal rights to choose who provides their care and treatment.


NHS Change Day: 11 March 2015: Sign up to make a change

Anyone can make a change to improve health and care, and through NHS Change Day. We want to involve as many people and organisations as possible to help create a culture of individuals making positive changes that help improve health and social care services.



International Congress: Birmingham: 29 June – 2 July 2015




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