RCPsych eNewsletter May 2017
Simon talks about the impact the election could
have on mental health care policy, and how the royals have helped
move mental health higher up the agenda.
RCPsych highlighted stories
What’s in our manifesto for 2017-2022?
What are our five big asks from the next Government? Read
about our mental health manifesto.
Great learning resource
MindEd provides online training on 300 topics relating to the
mental health of children and young people. It contains great
content for you, and for service users and their families.
Meet Dr Santosh Modulkar, the Associate Registrar responsible
for membership engagement.
Royal College of Psychiatrists Parliamentary Scholar
Professor the Baroness Hollins, former President of the Royal
College of Psychiatrists, runs a successful special interest
session for ST4-6 trainees training in psychiatry of intellectual
The scheme enables senior trainees to spend one day a week at
the House of Lords to develop leadership and other skills necessary
to influence policy on mental health matters.
We’re now looking to expand the opportunity to support up to
four ST4-6 trainees drawn from the range of psychiatric
subspecialties to use their special interest sessions to develop
experience in parliamentary affairs.
and how to apply (PDF)
Applicants are required to submit a CV and supporting statement
(no more than one side of A4) to Kate Lovett, Dean. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date for applications 31 May 2017.
Interviews will be held on 20 July 2017.
Just out: Modern Management of Perinatal Psychiatric Disorders
RCPsych’s Publications team is pleased to announce the
publication of Modern Management of Perinatal Psychiatric Disorders
(2nd edn) by Carol Henshaw, John Cox and Joanne Barton.
This book provides a comprehensive overview of mental health
problems associated with pregnancy and the year after delivery.
Correct management of these problems is essential for both the
mother and the developing infant.
This is an essential text for all psychiatrists who work with
pregnant women or new mothers, plus for trainees in perinatal
How can technology help people with mental health
Online support groups, smartphone apps, computer games, virtual
reality, virtual therapists, robots…there are so many big emerging
ideas about how digital technology can be used for mental
But what’s the best way to use the technology?
Mental Health in Primary Care
The College is partnering with the King’s Fund on a conference
on Mental Health in Primary Care on 7 June 2017, 8.30-5.00pm.
Members will receive a 10% discount - please use the promotional
code: RCP_10 when you register.
Doctors without a Designated Body - your views needed
The College would like to hear the views of Members and Fellows
who are currently working outside of a substantive NHS post and who
do not have a connection to either a Designated Body or Suitable
Person for the purpose of revalidation.
We want to gauge the level of support available for you and
understand what support the College might be able to provide.
Please visit the
Designated Body survey for College members and give us your
feedback by 31 May.
Applications are now open for RCPsych Sustainable
This is an opportunity for advanced trainees in psychiatry to
use their one day per week for professional development to work
with the RCPsych Sustainability Committee.
You will have the opportunity to lead on a project, contribute
to a national forum and develop your skills as a leader.
Making mental health patients’ voices heard in the 2017 general
Ahead of the general election on 8 June the Royal College of
Psychiatrists is working with Central and North West London NHS
Foundation Trust to encourage mental health patients and service
users to register
to vote and get their voice heard.
Mental health patients have been found to be half as likely to
be registered to vote as the general population despite having the
same right to vote as the general population. Lack of information
and awareness of eligibility to vote or of the registration process
leads to far lower turn out, making those with mental illness one
of the most .
Staff have an important role in raising patients’ awareness of
their right to vote and to provide support who need help to
register or to vote. Resources are available to highlight voting
rights information to patients and staff including a
leaflet for patients and a
College vacancies for members
Please check the website regularly for current posts.
- International Congress of the Royal
College of Psychiatrists, EICC, Edinburgh, 26-29 June
- CBT in Practice: Managing Anxiety, The
Royal College of Psychiatrists, 24 May
- ‘Medfest 2017', an International
Medical Film Festival 30 May
- RCPsych Working Group on Mental Health
of Refugees and Asylum Seekers Study Day,16 June
Public Mental Health - Rising mortality among UK addicts:
challenges and solutions across borders, 22 May
Conference on Mental Health in Primary Care partnership with the
King’s Fund, 7
- Invitation from the College President
Elect Dr Wendy Burn to a lecture by President of the Royal College
of Psychiatrists Professor Sir Simon Wessely 14 June
- Save the date - PSS Conference: Supporting
psychiatrists to sustain a healthy working life, 19 October
Around the devolved nations
RCPsych in Northern Ireland: chair’s
RCPsych in Scotland: update on the
Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027
RCPsych in Wales: consultations and
public engagement - read the latest news
What’s new online
- PsychiatryOnline is the web portal
of American Psychiatric Association Publishing.
Our newest Library resources providing free access to a range of
textbooks and journals from the American Psychiatric Association,
including DSM-5 resources.
You must login with a RCPsych Open Athens account - if you don’t
yet have one please email the Library to
There is traditionally a low election turnout among psychiatric
patients. Psychiatrists should help make their patients aware of
their right to vote in the General Election. Vote now.
BJPsych Kaleidoscope Quiz
Read the commentary in this month’s
BJPsych Kaleidoscope and take the quiz for your chance to
Congratulations to our April quiz winner Tahir
Jokinen. Answers can be found in last month’s Kaleidoscope column.