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RCPsych in Scotland 2016 Research Prize

A prize of £500 is available and will be presented at the RCPsych in Scotland Autumn Meeting in September 2016. The Winner will also have the opportunity to present their work at a future meeting of RCPsych in Scotland. The deadline for submissions is Friday 29th July. Find out more here

Survey of the Mental Health of Children and Young People 2016 - Report

NatCen Social Research and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) were commissioned by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) to carry out the Survey of the Mental Health of Children and Young People (MHCYP) 2016. They have now published a report summarising all the responses to their consultation. You can read the report here

GMC National Training Survey

The General Medical Council (GMC) wants to hear from those on the education frontline, as part of a new UK-wide survey of those who train doctors.  Click here for more information.

Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival: Closing Report

In October of last year, SMHAFF held it's most successful event to date. With over 25,000 attendees, the festival is now one of the largest mental health events held internationally. You can read the full report here.

Mental Health and Incapacity Law Masters Programme

The Centre for Mental Health and Incapacity Law, Rights and Policy at Edinburgh Napier University are considering establishing a LLM programme in Mental Health and Incapacity Law and are keen to obtain the views of stakeholders on demand, preferred formats and content for such a programme.

The objective of the programme will be to give students an in-depth understanding of the law, policy and rights issues, from a national and international perspective, in this area at post-graduate level.  It would be intended for anyone who wishes to improve their knowledge of all or some of the areas relating to mental health and incapacity.  They envisage that it would be of benefit to people from the legal profession, members of the nursing and medical profession, psychologists, independent advocates, care workers, social workers and people working in the voluntary sector, policy-making and the criminal justice system.

They would very much appreciate if you could fill out the attached questionnaire to help them understand whether there is a demand for this kind of programme and how they should proceed.

MSc Health & Social Care (Forensic Mental Health)

Delivered jointly by Glasgow Caledonian University and the School of Forensic Mental Health this programme is the only Scottish MSc in Forensic Mental Health. Click here for more information.

A Criminal Offence of Domestic Abuse: Scottish Government Consultation Paper

Earlier this year the Scottish Government published a consultation called “Equally Safe - Reforming the criminal law to address domestic abuse and sexual offences”. Following the outcome of that consultation they have now published a consultation paper seeking views on a draft specific criminal offence of domestic abuse and would be grateful for any comments you may have.

A link to the consultation entitled “A Criminal Offence of Domestic Abuse: Scottish Government Consultation Paper” is available here.

The Scottish Government has released the Main Report of the National Review of Primary Care Out of Hours Services

Commissioned in light of the challenges being faced in delivering services during the out of hours period, this report sets out the approach, detailed findings and rationale for the recommendations proposed. Read the report here.

The RCPE John, Margaret, Alfred & Stewart Sim Fellowship for Research into Depressive Illness

Applications are sought for The John, Margaret, Alfred and Stewart Sim Fellowship from graduates in Medicine or Science to research the causes or treatment of depression. Applicants may request funding for up to three years, with a total cost of up to £200,000. Apply here

Opportunity for Higher Trainee to gain experience of College Policy Work

RCPsych in Scotland would like to offer a placement to a Trainee Psychiatrist (ST4-ST6) as a special interest session, ideally for a 12 month period, to be involved with and support the policy and public affairs agenda of the College in Scotland. Find out more here

The Scottish Government has published new guidance on appeals against conditions of excessive security

This guidance is for doctors, mental health officers, approved medical practitioners and other professionals exercising statutory functions under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003. The document can be read here

The General Medical Council issues the fifth annual report on the state of medical education and practice in the UK

The report outlines what is happening in the education and practice of doctors, and considers some of the current challenges facing the profession and the systems in which it works. Read it here.

RCPsych in Scotland's 'Healthy Start, Healthy Scotland' campaign debated in Parliament

On the 3rd of November Mark McDonald MSP brought a members’ debate on our early years campaign; you can watch it here

Scottish National Party Conference Report

Karen Addie (Policy Manager) and Dr Adrian James (College Registrar) attended the Scottish National Party conference in Aberdeen last month on behalf of the College. They met with several Members of Parliament to discuss mental health matters in Westminster and Holyrood; and RCPsych in Scotland held a fringe meeting - chaired by the Health Minister - on personality disorders. You can read Karen's report 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


E-News - Update from Scotland October 2015

The latest news from the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland is available here.

Medical Revalidation in Scotland 2014-2015

The Medical Revalidation in Scotland 2014–2015 national report and compendium of local reports can be accessed here.

RCPsych in Scotland lends support to Dr James Warner's letter to all providers in England and Wales to maintain existing specialist old age services

Dr Warner has reiterated his previous warning that the creation of generic all-age services by health providers will damage services and could threaten the quality of care provided to elderly patients. 

Press release

'Healthy Start, Healthy Scotland' campaign

The Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland has identified maternal and early years mental health as a key clinical and public mental health priority. We launched our new campaign 'Healthy Start, Healthy Scotland' at the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 23rd September; follow the links to read our press release and briefing paper.    

The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland has released its Enhanced Observation Report for 2014/2015.

The report details their findings from unannounced visits to patients on enhanced levels of observation in psychiatric hospitals in Scotland 2014/2015.

Letter from Dr Tom Brown

What can I do?

It has always been my view that every single member of the College needs to take responsibility for recruitment. We need to regard every contact we have with school students, medical students and young doctors as important. In each such contact we are in effect an “advert for psychiatry” either for good or for ill. Specifically, consider doing one or even all of the following:

1.   Make yourself aware of the Student Associate grade and promote it amongst your students.

2.   Support your local Psychiatry Society - offer to speak or help them find speakers.

3.   Consider supporting your PTC reps to start a Buddy Scheme in your area if none exist. The PTC has guidance on the setting up and running of buddy schemes and will be able to identify trainees happy to take part.

4.   Consider providing workplace based experience for school students. The College position statement on providing work experience placements can be found on the College website.

5.   Consider running a Psychiatry Student Selected Module.

6.   Support the development of Summer and Autumn Schools.

7.   Be a Foundation trainer or even provide a Taster.

8.   Encourage Foundation doctors to continue to engage with the College and promote the forthcoming FD membership grade.

9.   Remember that “every moment counts” in nurturing future psychiatrists, whether they are school students, medical students or Foundation doctors.

As ever we welcome input and suggestions from the membership on what we can do differently. Please feel free to contact me.


Dr Tom Brown

Associate Registrar (Recruitment into Psychiatry)


Dr Tom Brown’s full report to Council can be accessed here.

RCPsychiS Mentoring Scheme

A new mentoring scheme for Scotland is currently being set up and we are currently collecting the details of members interested in being mentors. Please return the Expression of Interest Form if you want to be added to the list.

We are also conducting a survey of current mentoring arrangements, the survey is available here.

Information Sheet on Mentoring

Letter to Prospective Mentors

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

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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