Professor Sir Simon Wessely
- Prof Sir Simon Wessely, President of the Royal College
of Psychiatrists, said:
“We welcome Luciana Berger
and the creation of a single portfolio for mental health, but of
course recognise also that mental health affects so many other
areas as well - education, employment, defence, Department of Work
and Pensions, local government etc ...”
- Responding to the announcement by NHS England Chief
Executive Simon Stevens on 'Drive to Improve Health in NHS
Professor Sir Simon Wessely said, "We
warmly welcome the recent announcement from Simon Stevens and in
particular the acknowledgement that all is not well with the mental
health of the NHS workforce, the largest workforce in the country.
It is already known that mental health issues are the single
largest contributor to long term sickness absence, costing the NHS
over a billion pounds a year."
- RCPsych response to UK Government's intention to impose
a new contract upon junior doctors
The Royal College of Psychiatrists is greatly concerned that the
Doctors’ and Dentists' Remuneration Body (DDRB) new proposals would
make it difficult if not impossible for the NHS to tackle
increasing demands for mental health support and for the Government
to meet their objective of doubling the number of psychiatrists in
the next 20 years.
The nominating meeting of the Council will be held on Friday 16
October, 2015 and the last date for receiving nominations under
Regulation XI below will therefore be Friday 13 November, 2015.
Professor Sir Simon Wessely is in his second year of office as
President and is therefore eligible for re-election.
Nomination forms are available from Sue Duncan.
Interview: Professor Louis Appleby
In our second 15-minute interview Dr Kuljit Bhogal speaks to
Professor Louis Appleby, who is Professor of Psychiatry at the
University of Manchester. He has had a varied career that has
included being the National Director for Mental Health (2000-2010),
and leads the National Suicide Prevention Strategy for
WPA International Congress 2016
Jobs: Posts for Members
|PTC Chair: Dr Matt Tovey
Kaleidoscope: This month's research from the
British Journal of Psychiatry.
|Poll: your views
|Test Your Knowledge
Posts for College members
- Mental Health Outcomes Programme
The College would like to invite expressions of interest for
organisations to apply for funding to support a clinician or
clinicians to undertake some focused work on outcomes in mental
health; funding would be available until March 2016. The proposal
was prepared at the request of the Department of Health leads for
the Secretary of State Information transparency programme and Dr
Geraldine. Strathdee, the National Clinical Director for Mental
Health. Expressions of Interest need to be submitted by the 2
October, prior to interviews.
- Could you be a College Assessor?
We are seeking enthusiastic, experienced consultants to act as
external, impartial members on
Appointments Advisory Committee (AAC) panels for NHS consultant
posts. Being a College Assessor gives you a unique insight into
recruitment into psychiatry and the next generation of consultants.
Expenses and an honorarium are paid for AAC panels, and the College
is holding a training day on Wednesday 2 December in London, aimed
at new and potential College Assessors, as well as experienced
Assessors wanting to refresh their knowledge.
College in the media
- The Advocate General (AG) of the European Court of
Justice has made public his opinion on the Scottish Government's
legislation to introduce a Minimum Unit Price for
The College very much welcomes the statement by the AG that minimum
unit pricing is not precluded by EU law and that the policy can be
implemented in Scotland if it is shown to be the most effective
public health measure available.
Response to junior doctor contract: Dr Matt Tovey, Chair of
Psychiatric Trainees’ Committee
The Psychiatric Trainees’ Committee would like to express its
dismay at the Government’s latest morale crushing decision to go
ahead and impose a contract on junior doctors by August 2016. At a
time when there are widespread difficulties in recruitment and
retention in psychiatry, this can only serve to worsen the issue.
This makes us very concerned for the future care of our patients
with mental health needs; already a very vulnerable group. Whilst
the detail of the enforced junior contract remains unclear, it is
likely that it will be based upon the recent DDRB recommendations,
and hence is likely to be disproportionately detrimental to
psychiatrists in training. We have serious concerns about the
implications of this imposition and would ask that Jeremy Hunt
considers seriously the effect that this will have upon the ability
of the nation to adequately meet the needs of those with mental ill
health in future generations.
R193. Responsibilities of psychiatrists who provide expert
opinion to courts and tribunals This report contains new guidelines
concerning the ethical duties of psychiatrists giving evidence as
experts in different kinds of court.
- Explores public health policies and their impact on
individuals’ mental health and well-being. The ‘Marmot
curve’ was an influential figure from work by Professor Michael
Marmot in 2010 that showed how life expectancy (at least in
England) was related to income. The King’s Fund have followed this
up with an expanded and more nuanced data set that revealed
income-related inequality in life-expectancy persists, but that
this has improved over the last decade.
- Emotional intelligence training should be as
important as leadership and management training for consultant
psychiatrists. Do you agree?
Result of last month’s poll
- An evaluation of the DIALOG+ tool that appraises both patient
concerns and potential solutions has shown that its use failed to
enhance standard out-patient psychiatric care.
- Neuroimaging data has shown a common change to the right
anterior insula in schizophrenia across all ethnic groups that
shows promise as an early illness biomarker.
- A study of adolescents’ social attitudes has shown that they
change their behaviour more to come in line with the opinions of
their parents than those of their peers. Please enter your name and
email address along with the questions you answered as true.
Answers to last month’s quiz: how well did you
- Recently licensed ‘palcohol’, or powdered alcohol, can be
consumed by eating or inhaling it: 45% agreed:
True, though it is designed for diluting in
liquid. Initial data suggest it is highly unlikely one could become
intoxicated through such acts.
- A recent large (86,000) population gene study has failed to
find commonly described link between mental ill health and
creativity: 14% agreed: False, a genetic
connection has been confirmed.
- Both cognitive decline and structural brain changes are well
associated phenomena in psychosis, however the first longitudinal
work to follow-up both has shown that they appear to be distinct
phenomena: 86% agreed: False, a correlation has
Congratulations to Dr Mannige R Rao for winning
Three years of funding, mentorship and attendance at College
events, including the RCPsych International Congress. Open to
medical students in their penultimate year of study so please
circulate to those who may be interested. Application deadline:
Sunday 11 October 2015.
- The Japanese Society of Psychiatry and Neurology
JSPN is now accepting applications for the JSPN
Fellowship Award, which is presented to early-career
psychiatrists from around the world. The purpose of this award is
to recognize early-career, outstanding psychiatrists and encourage
academic discussion and personal friendships with early-career
Japanese psychiatrists at the 112th annual meeting of the JSPN on
2-4 June 2016, in Chiba, Japan. As a Member of the World
Psychiatric Association, the College can nominate 2 members for
Those wishing to be considered for nomination by the RCPsych should
submit their abstract and personal information form (see JSPN
website for details) to Elen
Cook by 5pm on 5 October 2015.
- World Psychiatric Association (WPA) Early Career
Psychiatrists Fellowship Programme
The WPA, in
collaboration with the Psychiatric Association of Turkey and the
Turkish Neuropsychiatric Society, is organizing the WPA
International Congress from 6 to 10 July 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey.
During this congress an “Early Career
Psychiatrists Fellowship Program” is organized to support the
participation of highly promising early career psychiatrists from
across the world. As a Member of the WPA, the RCPsych can nominate
2 members for this Fellowship Programme.
Those wishing to be considered for nomination by the RCPsych should
submit a biographical summary of no more than 1000 words to
Elen Cook by 5pm on 2
This biography should include: educational record; professional
accomplishments; plans for and likelihood of future significant
contributions to psychiatry and mental health, both nationally and
The provision of NHS services seven days a week is very much on
the political and press agenda, and is of understandable concern to
patients. The College is engaging with this discussion and
consequently wishes to clarify its current position.
- Evening Lecture: ‘Clocks, Sleep and Mental
Illness: Time to think again?’
Professor Russell Foster CBE: 6.30 pm, Tuesday 20 October 2015,
Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street, London E1 8BB.
“Severe sleep and circadian rhythm disruption (SCRD) is a feature
of neuropsychiatric illness. Despite the prevalence of SCRD across
psychiatric illness, its origins remain a mystery, its detection is
frequently overlooked, and it is rarely treated. Yet the health
consequences of SCRD are profound.” To reserve a place, email
Thomas Kennedy by
Friday 16 October 2015.
Mental Health of Asylum Seekers Training Day: writing Reports for
8 October 2015 One-day training event aimed at general adult and
child & adolescent psychiatrists, and clinical psychologists
wishing to develop awareness of mental health issues in asylum
seekers, gain skills and extra confidence in preparing expert
- Winter Journey (Winterreise) Franz Schubert 6.30 pm
Thursday October 29 2015
An evening of singing and
piano 21 Prescot Street, London E1 8BB Free Admission. Anna
Tilbrook: internationally renowned accompanist whose recordings are
widely acclaimed. She has generously supported the Musical Brain.
John Cox is an amateur tenor and Past President of the Royal
College of Psychiatrists. Please e-mail Greg Harradine if you plan to
attend. This Winterreise Experience concludes the sponsored Lieder
Marathon that John is undertaking for the Musical Brain.
|NHS England: The Mental Health Taskforce
|European Congress of Psychiatry
News from other organisations and the NHS
More than 20,000 people have given their views on top priorities
for reshaping mental health as part of the drive to develop a five
year national NHS strategy for people of all ages. Better access to
high quality services, a wider choice of treatments, more focus on
prevention, more funding and less stigma were the top five calls
for change by 2020.
on NHS England's site
Public Health England (PHE)
A new resource to assist local organisations
prevent linked suicides in their areas has been published, often
referred to as ‘suicide clusters’.
and responding to suicide clusters resource” supports local
authorities in their reaction to unexpectedly high numbers of
suicides. The resource highlights how imperative it is that plans
for such events are in place before they occur to ensure an
effective response. Professor Louis Appleby, Chair of the National
Suicide Prevention Advisory Group said: “Clusters of suicides may
occur in communities, groups of friends or institutions. The people
affected may live near each other, attend the same college or be
connected through social media. Young people are particularly
susceptible. This resource aims to help local agencies to prepare,
to prevent one tragic death leading to another.”
Get the resource
In honour of the outstanding life-time achievements of Else
Kröner, the Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung Foundation has established a
major quadrennial prize. The chosen topic for 2017 is the
biological basis of psychiatric disorders. The award will be €4
million of which €500,000 will be awarded to the winner in person
and €3.5 million will be dedicated to the winner’s future research.
The deadline for nominations for the Else Kröner Fresenius Preis
für Medizinische Forschung is January 14, 2016.
12-15 March 2016, in Madrid, Spain
"Towards a Common Language in European Psychiatry", EPA 2016
will cover the newest psychiatric achievements: basic, clinical and
translational research, and their application to evidence-based
practice in diagnosis, treatment and education.
Submit your abstract join us at Europe's leading platform
devoted to facilitating a robust exchange of ideas, reflection and
collaboration across all fields of psychiatry. Abstract Submission
Deadline: 6 October 2015; Early Registration Deadline: 18 January
by Mike Kenny & Julie Boden, 30 September
Supported by the Wellcome Trust and the University of Warwick; a
ground breaking play exploring the emerging signs of psychosis
which is touring around England/Scotland during September &
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