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

Publication of Care of Older People in Hospital Standards

Healthcare Improvement Scotland have published revised standards for Care of Older People in Hospital. The standards are available for download. A copy of the consultation report, which includes every comment submitted during their consultation along with comments from the project group are also available on the link above.

Future of Palliative Care in Scotland

The Scottish Government have published an engagement document palliative care in Scotland and are seeking comments. What matters to you about the future of palliative and end of life care in Scotland?

Changing Faces

Please see further information here on this Scottish Support Service for Information regarding emotional & practical support for young people with disfigurements.

National Confidential Forum

The National Confidential Forum is a forum for those who spent time in institutional care in Scotland as children. It offers the chance to be heard and to share their experiences, whatever they are. Further information is available here and in the NCF leaflet.

Party Conference Report Spring 2015

Karen Addie, Policy Manager has produced a summary report from RCPsych in Scotland attendance at party conferences in Spring 2015

Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill - Stage 1 Report from the Health and Sport Committee of the Scottish Parliament, Published April 30 2015

Recommendations in the report that relate directly to Psychiatrists are available here.

E News - Update from Scotland April 2015

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

Ticking all the Wrong Boxes: Mental Health and Employment Support Allowance

New Recommendations published today by the Scottish Mental Health Partnership highlight the need for improved welfare access for people with mental health problems.


Press Release

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

New Briefing Paper on Stigma Published

The briefing paper written by Dr Linda Findlay and Dr Laura Cameron is available here. If you would like a paper copy please contact the office.

New Confidential Enquiry Report

The National Confidential Enquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness have issued a new report today on In-patient Suicide under Observation. The full report can be read here.

New Mental Health App for Young People

A new app and educational programme designed to help young people manage mental heath problems has been launched. Developed with NHS clinical staff, in collaboration with the University of Glasgow, SafeSpot is available on mobile devices and resources that allow young people to manage stress in a positive and healthy way.

Press Release

RCPsych in Scotland Research Prize 2015

A prize of £500 is available, to be presented at the Autumn meeting in October 2015.  Winners will be expected to present their work at a future meeting of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland.  The deadline for submissions is 30th June 2015.

Please click here for more information.

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.

Vacancy Post -  Regional Advisor West Scotland

We currently have a vacancy for a Regional Advisor in the West Scotland.  You can access the job description for Regional Advisor here.  Applications 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 30 June 2015

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

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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