RCPsych in Scotland
Guidance for Mental Health Clinicians providing Clinical
Evidence for the Work Capability Assesment
New guidance has been produced to assist clinicians in providing
accurate medical evidence in supporting service users undergoing
Work Capability Assesments (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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
RCPsychiS E-News - February
Please click here to view.
RCPsychiS Briefing Paper on Eating Disorders
Dennis Robertson MSP is hosting a week of events in the Scottish
Parliament culminating in a Conference titled "Eating Disorders:
The Way Forward" which will discuss the way forward in new
thechnologies and innovative methods for treating eating disorders.
RCPsych in Scotland has produced a briefing
paper for the event.
Mental Welfare Commission Webinars - March 2014
The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland are
pleased to confirm two more webinars for March 2014.
In the first, Dr Donald Lyons, Chief
Executive, will outline a
zero tolerance guide which focuses on best practice in
responding to incidents of violence. They feel
that this would be of particular interest to frontline staff and
managers working in mental health and learning disability
services. This webinar will take place on
Thursday, 6th March, at 11am.
In the second webinar, Dr Lyons will provide
an overview of the considerations that should be taken when
assessing an individual’s capacity. This webinar will be of
interest to psychiatrists and nursing staff working in mental
health and learning disability services, and also to care
home managers, mental health officers, general practitioners and
other non-psychiatry doctors. This webinar will take place on
Wednesday,12th March, at
Although the MWC have suggested specific
groups that may be interested in these webinars, anyone is welcome
to register and join the discussion. The webinars are free,
but places are limited to 50 attendees for each event.
For further details on these webinars and
how to register please visit the Commission
If you have any queries please click here to email.
Revalidation Problems Facing Doctors in Private and Independent
The Private and Independent Practice Special Interest Group
(PIPSIG) in conjunction with the Consortium of Expert Witnesses to
the Family Courts is organising a series of workshops to look at
particular issues affecting independent doctors who want to
revalidate. Click here for further
information and how to get involved.
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
for the first round of applications this year is Friday
14th March 2014. Click here for
Mental Welfare Commission announce the appointment of new Chief
The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland are pleased to
announce that they have appointed Colin McKay as the new
Chief Executive Officer. Please visit their
website for more information.
Launch of new Public Health Group
The RCPsych in Scotland is pleased to announce the launch of its
new Public Health Group for members on Friday 28 February 2014 at
2pm in the RCPsych in Scotland's offices. Any further
information about the launch, or becoming involved, please contact
Karen Addie on 0131
A Consultation on proposals for a Mental Health (Scotland)
Please click here
for the Scottish Government consultation – A Consultation on
proposals for a Mental Health (Scotland) Bill.
Written responses to this consultation paper
by e-mail or by post are invited by 25 March
MWCS has revised its covert medication guidance
The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland has recently updated
their guidance on 'Covert medication'. You can find the new
Revision to AO Review Form
Please find attached circular CEL 17 (2013) from the
Scottish Government in relation to changes to the above form.
SNP Conference Report 2012
Please visit our Public Affairs
& Policy page to view the report.
Community Justice Redesign Consultation Reports
Visit our Public Affairs
page for more information.
MWC Advice Notes - August 2013
Dr Donald Lyons, Chief Executive, has compiled a variety of
notes to provide information on some of the legal and
ethical aspects of mental health care and treatment in
VACANCY - Regional Specialty Representative Scotland
The RCPsychiS is looking to fill the newly vacant position of
Regional Specialty Representative for the General Adult Faculty in
South East Scotland. Please refer to the job description for more
information. Interest should be intimated to Rebecca Middlemiss by
Friday 28 February 2014
Guidance on Assisted Suicide
This guidance is for our decision makers to
use when they are considering allegations that a doctor has been
involved in encouraging or assisting suicide.
This is an important and highly sensitive issue. Encouraging or
assisting suicide remains a criminal offence and our guidance
reflects the law.
The guidance sets out:
the ethical principles which underpin all our guidance to
the test that our decision-makers must apply when they consider
examples of the types of case that could arise and the factors that
may be relevant in reaching a decision.
The guidance for decision makers is available to read on the
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. At the moment our list is very out of date, and we
would like to collate a whole new list and include some more
information. If you are interested in being added to this list and
would like more information please follow the link below.
When a patient seeks advice or information about assistance to die
When we consulted on the guidance for
decision-makers last year, a number of doctors asked us how they
should respond to patients who asked for advice or help in ending
We have therefore produced a document for doctors which brings
together guidance from Good
Medical Practice and
Treatment and care towards the end of life: good practice in
decision making. The aim is to help doctors keep within
the law, without leaving their patients feeling abandoned.
guidance for doctors is available to read on the
If you have any questions about the guidance
for decision makers or the guidance for doctors, please call our
Standards and Ethics team on 020 7189 5404 or email email@example.com
Each Faculty in Scotland now has four regional
representatives. The job description for a Regional Representative
was approved by the Education Training and Standards Committee in
July this year. You can access the job description here.
Any queries let Rebecca Middlemiss 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.
Health and Sport Committee Report on Alcohol Minimum
The Health and Sport Committee released their
report on Alcohol Minimum Pricing today which recommends
that the bill proceeds to Stage 2. The full report can be read on
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