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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

MSc in Forensic Mental Health - School of Forensic Mental Health

This programme is designed for those who are currently, or who are looking to be employed in a forensic setting - such as a secure hospital, community-based service for mentally disordered offenders, Scottish Prison Service or the Scottish Police Service. It is suitable for professionals with backgrounds in nursing, social care, occupational therapy, psychology, psychiatry and security. Applicants wishing to commence in 2015 are to be registered by June 2015.

For further details on entry requirements, modes of study and duration and programme structure please visit their website.

Scottish Academy of Royal Colleges Report on Physical Activity.

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 imperative.

Invitation for volunteers to join the RCPsych in Scotland Executive Committee

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 Representative.


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 made.


For further information and an application form please contact Thomas Kennedy, specifying 'RCPsych in Scotland Service User/Carer Volunteer' - email or phone 020 3701 2548.


Closing date for applications: Friday 20 March 2015

RCPsych in Scotland Notice of Election 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 here. The closing date is 9 March 2015.

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 description here. Application can be sent by email to 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.

 2014 Party Conference Reports

Karen Addie, Policy Manager, has produced a summary report of the RCPsych in Scotland's attendance at the SNP Conference in Autumn 2014 and a summary report of  other party conferences in Spring 2014.  

Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine launches 'Good Pharmaceutical Medical Practice' document

Please click here to view.

MWC for Scotland - News Release - Wide geographical variations across Scotland Please click here 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 2013/2014.

MWC for Scotland - Better information and support for patients and families

Please click 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 Case

Please click here for advice notes following the above Supreme Court decision.

MWC for Scotland - Specified Persons Monitoring Report

The Commission's report is now available.

Better care for older people – GMC launches new support for doctors

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

MWC for Scotland - Latest investigation - Left Alone

Please click here to view the Commission's latest investigation into a potential deficiency in the care and treatment of a person with a mental disorder. 

Scotland Malawi Mental Health Education Project - Volunteers Required

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 care.

Job advert and more information

MWC for Scotland - Dementia continuing care visit report The MWC for Scotland has published its report about their recent visits to people with dementia in NHS continuing care settings.  Please click here for further information.

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 health problems.

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

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 is on 29 May 2015. Click here for more information.

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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