RCPsych in Scotland
Scottish Academy of Royal Colleges Report on Physical
The Scottish Academy of Royal Colleges have published
a report on physical
inactivity saying that leaders in policy, medical education,
health boards, hospitals and Royal Colleges must renew their focus
on tackling physical inactivity and that increasing knowledge of
the required levels of physical activity among the public is
Invitation for volunteers to join the RCPsych in Scotland
The Royal College of Psychiatrists is seeking
volunteers from Scotland to join its Executive Committee. At
this time we seek one Carer Representative and one Patient
Applications are invited from individuals who
have personal experience of using mental health services, or of
caring for someone with mental ill health.
The College has a long history of service user
and carer involvement. The Executive Committee is a large Committee
which meets 4 times a year in Edinburgh to discuss a range of
issues related to the specialty of mental health. The
majority of the Committee are psychiatrists from all different
sub-specialties and from across all areas of Scotland.
Travel and subsistence payments will be
For further information and an
application form please contact Thomas Kennedy, specifying 'RCPsych
in Scotland Service User/Carer Volunteer' -
email email@example.com or
phone 020 3701 2548.
Closing date for
applications: Friday 20 March 2015
PTC Co-opted Elections - Call for nominations
Please click here for the call
for nominations for one co-opted member of the
Psychiatric Trainees' Committee (PTC) to represent RCPsych in
The post is open to pre-membership
psychiatric trainees (PMPT) in North and East
In the letter you will also find a nomination
form, which should be completed, signed, scanned and returned via
email to firstname.lastname@example.org by
Monday 9 February 2015. Applications should
include a 200 word biography in case of a ballot.
RCPsych in Scotland Notice of
We are currently looking to fill the following
vacancies which will arise this year:
- Finance Officer
- ETSC Representative
- Executive Committee Member (6 vacancies)
The term of office for these posts is four years and the full
notice of election with further information can be accessed
Vacancy Posts - Regional Advisor East Scotland (Tayside, Angus)
and West Scotland
We currently have vacancies for Regional Advisors in
East Scotland and West Scotland. You can access the job
here. Application can be sent by email to email@example.com. Submit a
brief C.V and a covering email or letter highlighting relevant
experience. If you would like an informal chat about this
post please ring Karen Addie at the Scottish office on 0131 344
4964. The closing date for applications is February 27th and
March 31st 2015 respectively.
SNP Autumn Party Conference Report
Karen Addie, Policy Manager, has produced a
summary report of the RCPsych in Scotland's attendance at the
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine launches 'Good
Pharmaceutical Medical Practice' document
here to view.
MWC for Scotland - News Release - Wide
geographical variations across Scotland
to read the Commission's News Release on the wide
geographical variations identified across Scotland in the use of
the Mental Health Act and the Adults with Incapacity Act in
MWC for Scotland - Better information and support for patients
here to read the full reports 'Experience of Named
Persons' and 'Updated Survey of Recorded Matters'
which each show that there is a lack of clarity and understanding
amongst service users - and their families and carers - about parts
of the Mental Health Act that directly affect them.
MWC for Scotland - Response to Cheshire West
here for advice notes following the above Supreme Court
RCPsych Leadership & Management Training Days (London)
The College in London is running new Leadership and Management
Training Days on 15 September, 25 November and 8 December
here for further information.
Announcement - Principal Medical Officer
We are pleased to announce that Dr John Mitchell (NHS Greater
Glasgow & Clyde) has been appointed as Principal Medical
Officer to replace Dr Moira Connolly at the Scottish
Government. John takes up his secondment on 1 September and
we very much look forward to working with him.
MWC for Scotland - Specified Persons Monitoring
report is now available.
Better care for older people – GMC launches new support
The GMC has launched a new online resource to
help doctors challenge the stereotypes associated with older people
and tackle the most common concerns older people have about their
care. Resources include guidance, case studies,
tips, tools and signposts for discussion with colleagues and to
share with patients.
To keep this content current and relevant and to respond to any new
issues that arise, these resources will be continually updated and
reviewed, with regular e-updates about these, to doctors and other
subscribers. Subscribe to
updates and find out more at www.gmc-uk.org/oldercare.
MWC for Scotland - Latest investigation - Left Alone
click here to view the Commission's latest investigation into a
potential deficiency in the care and treatment of a person with a
Scotland Malawi Mental Health Education Project - Volunteers
Global Mental Health is a young and rapidly growing specialty.
SMMHEP has been working in Malawi since 2006 and is offering
exciting opportunities to implement its innovative mental health
education programme, in conjunction with the College of Medicine,
University of Malawi.
Opportunities are open to post-MRCPsych (or equivalent)
psychiatrists. Work includes clinical, teaching and research
responsibilities for undergraduate and postgraduate students (MMed
Psychiatry). Specific projects include leading on the development
of E-learning and implementation of mhGAP training for primary
Job advert and more
MWC for Scotland - Dementia continuing care
The MWC for Scotland has published its report
about their recent visits to people with dementia in NHS continuing
care settings. Please click
for further information.
Scottish Political Party Conferences - Spring 2014 -
Karen Addie, Policy Manager, has produced a
report of the RCPsych in Scotland's attendance at the above
Guidance for Mental Health Clinicians providing Clinical
Evidence for the Work Capability Assessment
New guidance has been produced to assist clinicians in providing
accurate medical evidence in supporting service users undergoing
Work Capability Assessments (WCA). The WCA has been a significant
part of the Government's welfare reform plans and these
developments directly affect benefits claimants that have mental
The guidance and more information are available on the
Welfare Reform pages of
the website. Feedback on the usefulness of the
guidance is encouraged, please contact Masood Khan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Revalidation Problems Facing Doctors in Private and Independent
The Private and Independent Practice Special Interest Group
(PIPSIG) in conjunction with the Consortium of Expert Witnesses to
the Family Courts is organising a series of workshops to look at
particular issues affecting independent doctors who want to
revalidate. Click here for further
information and how to get involved.
Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland Small Projects Fund
The Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland
has established a project to support small projects being
undertaken by members in Scotland. Please note the deadline
for the first round of applications this year is now
closed. Click here
for more information.
Community Justice Redesign Consultation Reports
Visit our Public Affairs
page for more information.
GMC Guidance on Assisted Suicide
This guidance is for our decision makers to
use when they are considering allegations that a doctor has been
involved in encouraging or assisting suicide.
This is an important and highly sensitive issue. Encouraging or
assisting suicide remains a criminal offence and our guidance
reflects the law.
The guidance sets out:
the ethical principles which underpin all our guidance to
the test that our decision-makers must apply when they consider
examples of the types of case that could arise and the factors that
may be relevant in reaching a decision.
The guidance for decision makers is available to read on the
When a patient seeks advice or information about assistance
When we consulted on the guidance for
decision-makers, a number of doctors asked us how they should
respond to patients who asked for advice or help in ending their
We have therefore produced a document for doctors which brings
together guidance from Good
Medical Practice and
Treatment and care towards the end of life: good practice in
decision making. The aim is to help doctors keep within
the law, without leaving their patients feeling abandoned.
guidance for doctors is available to read on the
If you have any questions about the guidance
for decision makers or the guidance for doctors, please
call the GMC Standards and Ethics team on 020 7189 5404 or
RCPsych in Scotland Expert Witness List
For some time the RCPsych in Scotland has
collated a list of members who are willing for their details
(usually work telephone number/work email address) to be given to
third parties. If you want to add your details to the list please
let us know.
Important Message for All Members in Scotland
Have we got your email address? Have you
recently changed it and not informed the College in London? Our
email information all comes off the main College database,
therefore if you don't keep it up to date you will miss out on
mailings from the College in Scotland as, from this year, we are
only sending information electronically (unless you opt in a
mailshot by post). Already we have noticed some members either
don't have an email address on the database or it is incorrect.
Please help us to make sure we are sending notifications to the
right place. We can change your details from our PCs so get in
touch if you want us to update.
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