RCPsych in Scotland
Psychiatric Trainees' Committee - Nominations for
Nominations are invited for SIX trainees to
represent the RCPsych in Scotland on the Psychiatric Trainees’
Committee (PTC). There must be three pre-membership psychiatric
trainees (PMPT) and three post-membership trainees (Member).
Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival: Closing
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.
A Criminal Offence of Domestic Abuse: Scottish Government
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
A link to the consultation entitled “A Criminal Offence of
Domestic Abuse: Scottish Government Consultation Paper” is
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
Opportunity for Higher Trainee to gain experience of College
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
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
The General Medical Council issues the fifth annual
report on the state of medical education and practice in the
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
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
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
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.
'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
The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland has released its
Enhanced Observation Report for 2014/2015.
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
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
1. Make yourself aware of
the Student Associate grade and promote it amongst your
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
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
Dr Tom Brown
Associate Registrar (Recruitment into
Dr Tom Brown’s full report to Council can be
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
to Prospective Mentors
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
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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