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RCPsych eNewsletter - May 2015


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Professor Sir Simon Wessely

Professor Sir Simon Wessely





 

Sri Kalidindi

Dr Sri Kalidindi

 

College news

College in the media

  • Observer (28 March): Don’t stigmatise depression after Germanwings crash, says top doctor: President of Royal College of Psychiatrists urges caution over calls for people suffering from depression to be prevented from working as pilots.
  • The German Association for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics: Statement on the crash of flight 4U9525: As in many countries the predominant reactions in Germany to the fatal crash of the Germanwings flight have been shock, disbelief and profound concern. However, the search for a scapegoat has quickly brought people with mental illness to the focus of public debate. This is why our association has published a statement which has received recognition by journalists, psychiatrists and patients alike.
  • RCPsych in Scotland supports measures to improve access to welfare benefits for people with mental health problems: New recommendations published today by the Scottish Mental Health Partnership highlight the need for improved welfare access for people with mental health problems. The partnership is a new coalition of third sector mental health organisations, service providers and professional bodies that includes the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland.
  • More supported housing needed for people with mental health problems: More supported housing is needed for people with mental health problems to help prevent relapses and returning to hospital, according to Professor Sir Simon Wessely, President, and Dr Sri Kalidindi, Chair of the Faculty of Social and Rehabilitation Psychiatry. Specialist supported housing for those with mental health problems includes nursing and residential care homes, group homes, hostels, blocks of individual or shared tenancies with staff on site and independent tenancies with outreach support from staff.

 

Honorary Website Editor post

Honorary Website Editor post

 


 

RCPsych Awards

RCPsych Awards 2015: Call for Entries
 

 

 

 

 

 

International Congress: Birmingham: 29 June – 2 July 2015

 

Public Affairs update

Public Affairs update
 

eNews - update from Scotland

eNews - update from Scotland

 
 
CCQI

CCQI: National Audit of Dementia

 

Dr Shah Amar

Dr Shah Amar

 

 

Quiz

Test your knowledge

 

 

Research of the month - BJP

Research of the month: in your College journals this month

 

 

 

Neptune

Neptune

 

Dr Hasanen Al-Taiar

Dr Hasanen Al-Taiar

 

Posts for members
 

  • Website Honorary Editor: A voluntary College post, reporting to the Honorary Editor. It is likely that the Website Honorary Editor will need to devote about one session per fortnight to this work, not counting attendance at committee meetings
  • Public Affairs Adviser: A voluntary College post entails approximately one day a month’s work, but this is flexible, with greater time commitments required during the Political Party Conference season.

 

RCPsych Awards: Entry deadline extended

Due to popular demand, the entry deadline for this year's RCPsych Awards has been extended to Tuesday 5 May, so there's still time for you to put together an award-winning entry.

Nominations for Honorary Fellowships

Nominations for Honorary Fellowships are invited for consideration later this year and election in 2016.  Under Section V of the College Bye-Laws, not more than 5 Honorary Fellows may be elected in any one year. Candidates (whether or not members of the medical profession) should fulfil at least one of the following criteria:

 

  • eminence in psychiatry or in allied or connected sciences or disciplines;
  • has rendered distinguished service to humanity in relation to the study, prevention or treatment of mental illness or to subjects allied thereto or connected therewith; or
  • has rendered notable service to the College or to the Association.

Forms available from Elizabeth Atkinson for return by 30 June 2015.

 

Public Affairs Update: the election

  • New guidance on the voting rights of mental health patients: The Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Central and North West London NHS Trust published useful new guidance outlining how mental health patients can register to vote and get their voices heard in the General Election on 7 May.
  • General Election Hustings: get involved in your local hustings: In every constituency during the election campaign there will be 5-10 hustings where all candidates take part, representing a key opportunity to engage with every MP in the 2015 intake.
  • Party Manifesto updates: what the main parties are pledging: Commitments to improving mental health services have strongly featured in each of the main parties’ manifestos.

Policy Update: Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) sanctions

The use of sanctions (often referred to a ‘conditionality’) has been a key mechanism in the welfare reforms of successive governments. They have been a feature of ESA since it was introduced in 2008. Sanctions and people with mental health problems: Recent reports show that there has been a formidable rise in the number of people on ESA who have been sanctioned. The number of people receiving a sanction each month has risen from 600 in January 2012 to over 4,700 in December 2013.

 

RCPsych in Scotland: April 2015 Update

On 12 March Alastair Cook, John Taylor and Karen Addie had a useful meeting to introduce the work of the College in Scotland to Jamie Hepburn MSP, the new Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health. Read more ...

CCQI Core Standards for Inpatient and Community-Based Services: Jen Perry, Lucy Palmer, Peter Thompson, Adrian Worrall

CCQI has engaged the British Standards Institution (BSI) to facilitate the review of 17 of its existing sets of standards. The aim of this work is to re-categorise and amalgamate the existing 17 sets to ultimately produce one set of core standards for inpatient wards and one set of core standards for community care which can be used across these specialties. These standards will be published by the College, and not by the BSI. Standards which are specific to individual specialties will not form part of these core standards and will be kept separate. Read more ...

 

CCQI: National Audit of Dementia

The College has been awarded a three year contract to manage a further round of the National Audit of Dementia (NAD3). The third round of audit (2015-2017) aims to examine the care provided to people with dementia in acute hospital settings in England and Wales. A pilot phase for NAD3 commenced early this year to test the changes made to the audit and a parallel feasibility study will be carried out in community hospitals  to examine their inclusion in the main audit. Ten acute sites have been recruited for the pilot and five community hospitals for the feasibility study. Registration for the main audit phase (2016-2017) is now open. If you would like your hospital to participate in the main audit, please complete a registration form.

 

Leadership in Psychiatry interview

Nicole Eady and Jen Perry interview Dr Amar Shah, Associate Medical Director (Quality Improvement) and Consultant Forensic Psychiatrists, East London NHS Foundation Trust.

 

eNewsletter polls: your views wanted

This month’s Quiz

  • Test your knowledge. Choose the correct anwer(s): more than one may be correct.
  • Result of last month’s Quiz: Dementia: Test your knowledge
  • a. Retrospective data suggest that being on statins reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD) by over 50%?: 18%
  • b. Over half of AD illness burden is due to modifiable life style factors? 32%
  • c. Higher education attainment is a risk factor for AD? 2%
  • d. There have been no new licensed treatments for AD for over a decade? 60%
  • e. It's estimated that reducing lifestyle risk factors by 20% could lead to one million fewer cases in Europe by 2050? 84%
  • a and d are true. b. About one third would be a more accurate figure. c. Low educational attainment is a risk factor. e. The estimate is over 16 million fewer cases.

Research of the month: in your College journals this month

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

 

Special offer on BNF 69

All Royal College of Psychiatrists members will get a 25% discount on the March 2015 edition of the British National Formulary (BNF). This essential reference provides you with up-to-date, practical guidance on prescribing, dispensing and administering medicines. Don’t miss these significant updates (and more) in the March edition such as Updated general guidance on drugs and driving in response to new regulations in force from March 2015. Enter the code BNF69RCPSY at checkout. This discount is only available with online orders.

NEPTUNE: Novel Psychoactive Treatment UK Network

NEPTUNE has been developed to improve clinical practice in the management of harms resulting from the use of club drugs and novel psychoactive substances. It is aimed at clinicians working in a range of frontline settings, including drug treatment and recovery services, emergency departments, sexual health services and primary care. With the support of a multi-disciplinary group of experts, the project has developed clinical guidance, based on a systematic review of the evidence and clinical consensus.

Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards

2015 Clinical Excellence Awards round opened Tuesday 14 April 2015 and will close at 5pm on Wednesday 17 June 2015.

 

Conference Report: Dr Hasanen Al-Taiar

Higher Education Thames Valley International Medical Graduates Day: February 2015

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guidance on what might constitute a deprivation of liberty in different settings

Guidance on what might constitute a deprivation of liberty in different settings

 

 

Nice - Psychosis and schizophrenia in children

Nice - Psychosis and schizophrenia in children

 

 

Docbate 2015

Docbate 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLASP

 

 

 

How the Light Gets in 2015

 

How the Light Gets in 2015

 

 

 

News from other organisations and the NHS

Department of Health: Revised Mental Health Act Code of Practice

The Code of Practice came into force on 1 April 2015 and is intended to provide clear guidance for professionals, carers and service users on the applicability and use of the Mental Health Act.

 

The Law Society publishes guidance on what might constitute a deprivation of liberty in different settings

The guidance includes specific chapters of psychiatric settings and the general hospital. The safeguards aim to ensure that those who lack capacity and are residing in care home, hospital and supported living environments are not subject to overly restrictive measures in their day-to-day lives. The primary audience is frontline social and healthcare professionals who need to be able to weigh up whether individuals they are concerned with may be deprived of their liberty and then to take appropriate action. Quick reference guides and a podcast on the essential messages have also been produced.

 

Update from NICE

MQ Transforming Mental Health: new report

“Landscape analysis of mental health research funding” is an overview of mental health research funding to-date including a new 6 year analysis of all UK mental health research grants, a snapshot estimates of research spend per person affected by mental health conditions and discussion of their findings in the context of existing mental health information and wider health conditions.

 

Conferences and Events

  • Docbate: 6.00 pm: 28 April 2015: "Cash, care and coercion - this house believes that doctors do know best” On 28 April 2015, cities around the UK will host a simultaneous medico-political debate. Doctors and medical students will debate whether or not doctors should be involved in politics, and they will be joined by invited panels of academics, lobbyists, journalists, service users and carers. Confirmed panellists so far include Professor Sir Simon Wessely(President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists) at the South East London event, Mark Brown (founder of a national mental health and well being magazine produced by people who experience mental health difficulties) at the South West London event, and Professor Sir Michael Owen (Director of the Institute of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences, Cardiff) at the Cardiff event.
  • Mindfulness for Doctors: a 3-day Experiential Weekend: 16.00 Friday 17 July 2015 - 13.45 Sunday 19 July 2015: The Ammerdown Centre, Radstock, Somerset: Medicine is a stressful profession, especially in the current climate of accelerated change. Doctors are expected to provide first class care to patients at all times: but how do we take care of ourselves? Come and think about this mindfully and learn how to practice mindfulness in a calm and relaxed setting. There will be time to talk, walk, reflect, and meditate in beautiful countryside and in good company. All doctors welcome. Bookings: Mrs Lucy Jeffers, Bookings Officer, 01761 433709 Questions: Please contact Gwen Adshead or Shaun Bhattacherjee.
  • The Clinic for Boundaries Studies: Provides training for health professionals on Values, Listening, Self-Disclosure and Introduction and Advanced courses on Professional Boundaries. It also runs courses for professionals in trouble on issues such as ‘Maintaining Professional Ethics’ and ‘Maintaining Professional Boundaries’.
  • World Psychiatric Association International Congress, Cape Town, 18-22 November 2016: “Psychiatry: integrative care for the community” hosted by the South African Society of Psychiatrists. It is the first time that a WPA International Congress is being held in South Africa.
  • CLASP: Walking Out of Darkness: Saturday 16 May 2015: Second event during Mental Health awareness week (11 to 17 May 2015), on Saturday 16 May at 10am in Bernie Spain Gardens, London. You can help people across the UK suffering from mental health difficulties and charities and organisations offering support for individuals and families by joining a 10 mile walk along the Thames enjoying some of London’s most iconic sites to help support Time to Change, end stigma and increase Mental Health Awareness.
  • HowtheLightGetsIn 2015: The Philosophy and Musical Festival, Hay: 21- 26 May 2015: Philosophy and music festival in Hay with the thought-provoking debates, infectiously danceable music and parties: 2015 theme: Fantasy and Reality. There will be presentations and workshops involving a number of College members including Professor Sir Simon Wessely and Professor Dinesh Bhugra and many others.

 


International Congress: Birmingham: 29 June – 2 July 2015

 

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