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

General Information

9 October: RCPsych in Wales launches its Manifesto today for the next National Assembly for Wales Elections 2016.

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The College is calling for mental health to be valued equally with physical health, their main call is for a Director of Mental Health and Intellectual Disability at every Local Health Board at executive board level, to drive quality through improved standards, a strengthened workforce and new training pathways.

The Manifesto also calls for better support for services to be able to provide quality and timely intervention in primary care, in hospitals, and from CAMHS to adult mental health services. It also focuses on tackling the inequalities for those who present with challenging behaviour. Strategies for those with intellectual disabilities and the networks for treating prisoners and ex-offenders must be updated. There must also be a change in culture of how we treat those with addictions.



World Psychiatric Association

Section on Rural Mental Health

Dr Anshuman Pant is a member of the College and Secretary of the World Psychiatric Association's (WPA) Section on Rural Mental Health.  Dr Pant is keen to let members and fellows of the College know that, if they are interested, they can join this Section of the WPA (there is no charge) as the College currently does not have a Faculty or Special Interest Group that focusses on this aspect of Mental Health. 

If you would like some more information, or would like to become a member of this Section of the WPA, please email in the first instance.






Children in Wales


Children in Wales would like to invite members of RCPsych in Wales to consider becoming members of the largest umbrella organisation for children and young people in Wales. 

A range of services and benefits include:

  • Reveiving weekly and monthly e-briefings with latest news on policy, consultations and research relating to children and young people in Wales and abroad
  • A copy of the Children in Wales quarterly membership mailout
  • Discounts on Children in Wales training days, seminars, workshops and conferences
  • Opportinities to share best practice with colleagues
  • Opportunities to join the wide range of networks and forums


Download the membership form, membership rates (welsh version) and membership rates (English version).

If you require any further information, please contact Louise O'Neill, Membership co0ordinator, Children in Wales on 02920 342434 or visit Children in Wales. 


Royal National Institute of the Deaf Cymru

A joint submission by RNID Cymru and NDCS Cymru, endorsed by Wales Council for Deaf People, Deaf Association, MIND Cymru, Sense Cymru and Deafblind Cumru is being put before the Minister regarding Specialist Mental Health Services for Deaf people in Wales.

 It is RNID belief that the deaf and hard of hearing population of Wales are the fortotten patient within specialist mental health service provision. 

We are currently seeking representation from Adult psychiatry in this area to provide a clinical veiwpoint of services. 

 The committment is minimal with one meeting and the vast majority of communication undertaken via email.

Download an overivew of the current situation

If you are interested in filling this role, email



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Registering and enrolling on All Wales Child Psychiatry

Registration and enrollment on a PLATO course is simple and does not take long. See Instructions on how to enroll.




Ringing Endorsements for Mental Health Outcome Measure

The Manchester Short Assessment of Quality of Life (MANSA) was published more than ten years ago by Stefan Priebe (Queen Mary College, London University) and Peter Huxley and Sherrill Evans of Swansea University's School of Human and Health Sciences.

It has recently been given a strong endorsement for use as an outcome measure in mental health services. Read more.

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