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Professor Chris Freeman

It is with the greatest sadness that we share with you that our colleague and friend Professor Chris Freeman passed away on Sunday 20 August.

Professor Freeman, Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist in the Lothian Edinburgh area worked in Eating Disorders for over 40 years.  He worked as the Regional Consultant for Eating Disorders for the South-East of Scotland and prior to that set up the Cullen Centre and then ANITT teams in Edinburgh and Fife. He was a founder member of SEDIG and Chair of SEDSECT, the College’s Psychiatry group for Eating Disorders in Scotland.  A specialist in the treatment of traumatic stress reactions Professor Freeman co-founded the Rivers Centre in Edinburgh in 1997. He also chaired the UK Trauma Group, a managed clinical network of all the trauma services in the UK, both in the independent sector and in the NHS, including Combat Stress and military psychiatrists and psychologists.  Most recently Professor Freeman was Chair of the RCPsych in Scotland Working Retired Psychiatrists’ Group.


As a College member he contributed much to the development of the College and generously gave us his knowledge and expertise.  He was a warm and kind man who will be greatly missed.


At the family's wish there will be a private cremation. A memorial service will follow in due course.


A book of condolence will be available for signing at the RCPsych in Scotland Autumn meeting on 28-29 September in Falkirk. If you are unable to attend in person you are welcome to email your condolences to

Changes to Mental Health Scotland Act 2015 implemented on 30 June 2017

The Mental Welfare Commission has drawn up a list of changes that were made to the Mental Health Act and came into force on 30 June 2017.  This information has been circulated directly to psychiatrists, mental health officers and medical records departments.  It is also contained in an advice note that is available on the MWC for Scotland website. 

Adults with ADHD Guidance Document

The Adults with ADHD Working Group has finalised the good practice guidelines document which is now available here.

RCPsych in Scotland Elections 2017

Dr John Crichton has been announced as the new Chair of the RCPsych in Scotland and will take over from the current Chair, Dr Alastair Cook on 27 June 2017. Find out more about the new Chair here.

Dr Linda Findlay has been announced as the new Vice Chair of the RCPsych in Scotland and will take over from Dr John Taylor.

Scottish Mental Health Partnership response to Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027

The Scottish Mental Health Partnership has responded to the Mental Health Strategy, recently released by the Scottish Government. Chair of the Partnership, Dr Alastair Cook, has commented "We are pleased to see a commitment to parity of physical and mental health in the new Strategy." You can read more, here.

Adult Acute Mental Health Wards – Improvements in care, but patients express fears over safety

The Mental Welfare Commission has published a report on its visits to all adult mental health admission wards across Scotland.  Please click here to view.

RCPsych in Scotland response to Mental Health Strategy: 2017-2027

The College has responded to the Mental Health Strategy: 2017-2027 which was released by the Scottish Government on 30 March 2017. To read the statement, click here.

Scottish Government release 'Mental Health in Scotland - a 10-year vision: analysis of responses to the public engagement exercise'

This report presents key messages from the analysis of responses, including from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, to the Government's engagement exercise about a new Mental Health Strategy for Scotland. Read the report here.

College response to news that the decision to introduce minimum unit pricing on alcohol in Scotland is to be legally challenged.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists profoundly regret this further delay to the introduction of a measure which has widespread scientific and professional support. Read the full response.

Improving the Physical Health of Adults with Severe Mental Illness: Essential Actions

This report sets out essential actions to improve the physical health of adults with severe mental illness across the NHS. Read the report here.

General Medical Council releases new report on the state of medical education and practice in the UK

This 2016 report considers current challenges faced by the medical profession and the systems in which it works, and provides data on medical education and practice in the UK. Read the executive summary here.

Paediatric Care Online - free trial of new online decision support system for health professionals

Available for free trial, this tool offers immediate access to evidence-based information, helping to inform decisions at the point of care. See the flyer here.

RCPsych in Scotland welcomes latest ruling on Minimum Unit Pricing

On 21st October 2016 the Court of Session has ruled that the challenge to MUP by the drinks industry is not legal. Read our short statement here

2016 Annual Report for the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness

The report can be accessed here

RCPsych in Scotland Responds to Scottish Government Consultation on the Mental Health Strategy  

The College submitted a response to 'Mental Health in Scotland – a 10 Year Vision' on Friday 16th September. The response can be viewed here

General Medical Council launches new interactive resource for doctors on mental capacity issues

This tool covers the key requirements for caring for and making decisions with patients who lack capacity or have impaired capacity to make decisions; and is based on the GMC’s guidance on Consent: patients and doctors making decisions together and Treatment and care towards the end of life: good practice in decision making. You can access the resource here

Scottish Government commissioned research on New Psychoactive Substances

This research looks at New  Psychoactive Substances Prevalence, Harms and Motives for Use in Scotland amongst vulnerable groups. The research is now in Phase two which is two short surveys, one aimed at service users/clients and the other at frontline staff. To participate / find out more, click here

RCPsych in Scotland supports Scotland's Charter for a Tobacco Free Generation

Developed by ASH Scotland, the Charter aims to inspire organisations to take action to reduce the harm caused by tobacco and raise awareness of the goal of creating a tobacco-free generation of Scots by 2034. Read more here

Important information for RMOs/AMPs

There have been significant changes made to the paper BNF that was published in September 2015 which will have an impact on T2 and T3 treatment certificates. More information can be found here

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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