RCPsych eNewsletter June 2016
Update from the President
In writing these blogs I rarely stray far from the subject of
money, and this is no exception. For once I am not about to bang on
about ‘where is it?’ – those promised millions, nay billions, set
to transform mental health services. No, I am talking about your
money; about what we do with the money you pay the College.
News from the College
RCPsych in Northern Ireland
Dr Gerry Lynch reflects on College life in Northern Ireland in
his latest Chair’s Update.
Junior Doctor's Dispute
Responding to the ACAS announcement regarding an agreement over
the junior doctors’ contract, the College issued a press statement to journalists and it was
discussed by Simon in the President’s
Trainees Leading Change
We had a bright, enthused and resilient bunch of
trainees descend on the College for our packed Quality Improvement for Trainees
conference. The 150 delegates were keen to improve services, even
under major financial and organisational pressures, during the
early years of their psychiatric careers. Talks included quality
improvement at the College, at a Trust
level and the rewarding trainee experience at a local level
Hear what our trainees thought in this YouTube
What is the Montgomery Test
Doctors are now under a legal obligation to
provide a patient with individualised risks about their treatment
and the alternatives. If a doctor should fail to do so and the
patient suffers harm as a result of this failure to inform, then a
successful negligence claim may result.
Supporting Perinatal Mental Health
NHS England has engaged the College to manage
the Building Capacity in Perinatal Mental Health services
project. The aim is that by 2020 women in all areas of England
should be able to access evidence-based specialist support in the
community, through inpatient Mother & Baby Units closer to
home, when they need it. Progress of this project will be overseen
by NHS England and monitored by the College’s Perinatal Faculty.
New resource for Expert Psychiatric Witnesses
We will be launching a new feedback tool for expert psychiatric
witnesses at the International
Congress. The MAEP assessment tool will provide psychiatrists
with feedback from others involved in their expert witness work,
such as the instructing solicitors and barristers. The tool follows
principles adapted from the ACP-360
system and scores are available as individual case reports.
For further information, please contact Hannah Lucas at Hannah.Lucas@rcpsych.ac.uk
or 0203 701 2695.
College posts and external opportunities for members
RCPsych Awards 2016
Calling all medical students, foundation doctors and
psychiatrists of all grades! We have had an overwhelming response
to the RCPsych Awards and so we have extended the deadline to
6 June 2016. We are very keen to hear your
nominations for the outstanding teams and individuals who are
making a real difference to mental health services.
We have 17 categories
to choose from.
RCPsych Fellowship and Honorary Fellowship
Fellowship of the College is a mark of distinction and
recognition of contributions to psychiatry and recipients are
recognised by the designation ‘FRCPsych’. Since it is a College
award, applicants are asked to demonstrate their significant
contributions to the core purposes of the College. Please do send
us your applications by 30 June 2016.
RCPsych Rosetrees Clinical Research Fellowship
The College and Rosetrees Trust
are offering a three year fellowship to a UK-based psychiatry
trainee to undertake either a PhD or MD. The fellowship will
provide for the personal salary up to but not including NHS
Consultant level. It will provide for the PhD/MD fees and funding
of up to £20,000 per year.
Please submit your
application by 30 September 2016.
Professional Practice and Ethics Committee vacancies
The Professional Practice and Ethics
Committee (PPEC) is responsible for providing guidance on
psychiatric professional practice and ethics, including issues of
confidentiality, probity, conflict of interest and translating
policy into practice.
The Committee has two vacancies and further information can be found here.
College in the media
May saw the College feature significantly in the
national newspapers and on TV and radio discussing the
recommendations from the College-led report on the Acute-Care Commission and the
BMJ findings showing a stark increase in self-poisoning amongst
Here is a selection:
- The Guardian 20/05/16
How can mental health services deliver better care for black
- The Guardian 20/05/16
Doctors’ deal won’t solve the shortages, ministers are
- The Guardian 18/05/16
Mental health beds shouldn’t be so hard to find
- The Guardian 18/05/16
Tackling underfunding in children’s mental health services
- Huffington Post UK 18/05/16
Mental Health Awareness Week: How to ensure your child’s most
important relationship is “good enough”.
- BBC News Victoria Derbyshire 17/05/16 Jon Goldin discusses
increase in self-poisoning
- BBC Radio 4 Today 17/5/16 Peter Hindley discusses increase in
- Sky News 17/5/16 Simon Wessely discusses increase in
- LBC News 17/5/16 Simon Wessely discusses increase in
- BBC News Victoria Derbyshire 13/05/16 Simon Wessely discusses
- BBC Radio 4 Today 10/05/16 Simon Wessely discusses recruitment
- Daily Mail 10/05/16
Why you don’t need to bother flossing! Cough syrup is a waste of
- Independent 10/05/16
Mental health care at risk if Britain pulls out of European
Convention on Human Rights
- BBC News 05/05/16 Paranoia ‘reduced
with virtual reality’
- The Guardian 06/05/16
My son’s girlfriend has anorexia and I worry about the
- Financial Times (USA and European edition) 02/05/16 Taboo over
executives’ mental health issues needs to be challenged
College in Politics
Month in Parliament April to May
This month saw the British tradition of the Queen’s Speech -
where the Government set out its legislative agenda for the next 12
months – with a commitment to improving the mental health services
of people in the criminal justice system.
The College also participated in two different Parliamentary
Group discussions: the first on how we can best support people with
mental health conditions back to work and secondly on prescribing
RCPsych International Congress #RCPsychIC
Have you booked your place for the RCPsych
International Congress yet? With over 2500 delegates from
over 40 countries planning to attend this month in London, places
are limited, please register online to avoid disappointment.
Secure your place for International
Public Mental Health Network Day
Public mental health is not just about wellbeing and a happiness
index. This year’s theme focusses on applying psychiatry to support
evidence-based Prevention and Early Treatment of Adverse
Childhood Experiences on 13 June 2016 in London.
Free to all members - register for the
Professor Richard Bentall, the highly-prolific
Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool,
delivers Why the nature-nurture debate won’t go away: Causal
ideology in the explanation of psychosis on 21 June 2016 in
Places will be allocated on a strictly first-come-first served
basis - register for the lecture.
Conferences and Training
We have a range of high quality, CPD-approved training for
psychiatrists and mental health professionals, including
conferences, in-house training and online resources.
The Drug Conversation
How do you talk to your child about drugs?
Our latest book equips parents with information on how drugs work,
the effect on the brain and realistic advice their children will
The promotional code is still valid - order
speak to Dr Richard Tillett, a retired consultant psychiatrist with
a special interest in psychotherapy, about his career experience,
retired life and any insights he may have for those of us who are
starting our careers.
This month's Kaleidoscope column
This month’s column in BJPsych explores the effects of
politicians’ honesty on the rest of us mere mortals.
This month's poll
month’s poll: your views wanted
Psychiatrists should physically examine patients attending
Result of last month’s poll
Psychiatrists should be renamed clinical neuroscientists
14% agreed, 85% disagreed and 1% had no opinion.
Win a College mug in our monthly quiz
true or false; full answers will be in June Kaleidoscope
column in the BJPsych. Please enter your name and email address
along with the questions you answered as true.
- David Cameron’s overheard comment on international corruption
has some truth: recent data have shown country-specific variations
in individuals’ honesty.
- Some of the first longitudinal data on childhood obesity has
shown that one’s future weight is relatively determined by the age
of just eight years old.
- In the developed world there has been much concern about food
additives and childhood attentional difficulties; new data has
shown that a lack of appropriate nutrition may cause similar
problems in developing nations.
Answers to last month's quiz - how well did you
- The odds of a couple having shared traits are greater for
personality factors than for physical ones.
FALSE, it is the other way around (though intelligence level
remains the characteristic they’re most likely to share). Notably,
the relationship is considerably higher still for those with mental
ill-health having a partner who also has a mental health
- Work looking at the under-explored topic of paternal depression
has shown that a father’s depressive symptoms in the post-natal
period were equally predictive of later emotional problems in the
FALSE, there was a greater relationship with maternal
depression; however changes in fathers’ mental states had a unique
association with childhood aggression.
- Animal dementia-model data are showing that inhibition of
microglial specific receptors reduces neuronal loss and improves
cognition without altering amyloid beta or plaque load. TRUE,
the microglia seen to be a crucial link in an aberrant immune
response that ‘prunes’ neurons.
Congratulations to Zarqa Khurshid for winning last month’s quiz.
Watch the YouTube
video of Please Hear What I’m Not Saying - the poem
gaining worldwide attention for exploring the emotions surrounding
mental health disorders.
News from Other Organisations
RCPsych joins Royalty at the Invictus Games
Professor Neil Greenberg, the College’s Military and
Veterans Mental Health lead, joined Prince Harry and US First Lady
Michelle Obama to discuss mental health at the International Invictus Games Symposium on
8 May in Florida.
The Invictus Games Symposium on Invisible Wounds convened
veterans, experts and community partners to address the scale and
scope of invisible wounds (Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic
Brain Injuries) facing veterans. Professor Greenberg explained what
psychological injuries are, the diagnosis and the challenges of
providing effective treatment.
You can watch Professor
Greenberg here, starting at 55 minutes, 50 seconds.
Stark increase in self-poisoning
A new study published in the BMJ has found a sharp rise
in the number of teenage poisonings over the past 20 years in the
UK. The study has found that teenagers living in the most deprived
areas of the UK are 2 to 3 times as likely to poison themselves,
either deliberately or unintentionally, compared to teenagers in
the least deprived areas.
Failings in care of vulnerable patients
A report by the Parliamentary and Health Service ombudsman has
found vulnerable patients are being discharged from hospital,
before they are fit to leave or without making sure they can cope
on their return home. Last year, the Ombudsman saw a 36% increase
in discharge related investigations, making
headlines earlier this month. The NHS said the findings will be
taken seriously and improvement is under way.
NHS mental health funding lagging behind
A new survey by NHS Providers has found that government
pledges to put more money into mental health, are being undermined
by a failure to ensure funding increases reach frontline services.
Only half (52%) of providers reported that they had received a real
terms increase in funding of their services in 2015/16.
Patient perceptions of antipsychotic medication
A survey launched by Rethink has found that nearly two thirds
(62%) of patients or carers surveyed said the risks, benefits and
side effects of prescribed medication were not adequately explained
to them. 54% said they had not discussed any ongoing physical
health symptoms with their GP or health professional.
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