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RCPsych eNewsletter August 2016

College News  New Online  Other News

Update from the President

The President's Blog

College President, Professor Sir Simon Wessely outlines the many ways we are continuing to affect and influence mental healthcare delivery and policy.





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August Poll

This month’s poll: your views wanted

Given the importance of communication in psychiatry, should psychiatrists from overseas face stricter English language testing?

Result of last month’s poll

Psychiatrists should physically examine patients attending memory clinics.
59% agreed, 38% disagreed and 3% had no opinion.

Win a College mug in our monthly quiz

Does marriage drive us to sobriety? Are psychiatrists more prone to burnout?

Find the answers in this month’s BJPsych Kaleidoscope and take the quiz for your chance to win.

Congratulations to our June quiz winner Iggy Agell. Answers can be found here.

News from the College

RCPsych in Northern Ireland

RCPsych NI Chair Dr Gerry Lynch discusses the launch of the Independent Commission on the provision of acute inpatient psychiatric beds in Northern Ireland.

RCPsych in Scotland

A packed month in RCPsych Scotland representing mental health at the Scottish Party Conferences.


Online voting – is your email address up to date?

Our President comes to the end of his term of office in 2017. In order to vote in the upcoming election process, please ensure that your preferred contact email address is up-to-date by logging into your account on the website or emailing membership@rcpsych.ac.uk.

Later life career planning survey

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges are investigating what opportunities would be attractive to doctors in the later stages of their careers in this survey. Closing date: 16 September 2016.

New College appointments

We are very pleased to announce Dr Santosh Mudholkar has been appointed Associate Registrar for Member Engagement, Dr Daniel Maughan as Associate Registrar for Sustainability and Dr Monique Schelhase as Chair of SAS Doctors Committee.

Presentation Ceremony 2016Presentation Ceremony 2016

A number of very deserving awards, including the President’s Medals and Honorary Fellowships, were presented at the International Congress.




Mental health in the vanguards

The College has embarked on an exciting project with The King’s Fund to understand the extent to which mental and physical health integration are being realised in 50 vanguards sites in England.

Do you feel supported and valued? #SupportedValued

Our Psychiatric Trainees’ Committee are leading a review into morale and training within psychiatry across all College divisions and are keen to hear from you.

College posts and external opportunities for members

College posts can be found on the website and include:

College in the media

The College has featured significantly in the national newspapers commenting on a variety of topics including antidepressants, perinatal mental health services in Scotland and further coverage of the Independent Commission in Northern Ireland led by Lord Nigel Crisp and supported by the College.

College in Politics

Month in Parliament June to July

If a week is a long time in politics, the last month has been as age. Brexit has led to many political resignations and replacements, with the exception of the two Jeremys. But the College has continued lobbying for mental health both in Parliamentary Committees and in the House of Lords.

RCPsych Events

RCPsych Publications

Wise Words

Wise Words: Dr Andrew ChartersWe speak to Dr Andrew Charters, a retired CAMHS consultant about his student protest to save the rabbits from his medical school, his outspoken Spanish trainee and his invaluable advice to our trainees.




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