COVID-19: free webinars for members

We've launched a series of free webinars to support members and trainees during the pandemic.

The webinars will offer a solution-focused approach to the current COVID-19 pandemic, and each will cover different aspects relating to COVID-19 care. 

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You can catch up with all our free webinars for members below.

COVID-19: Supporting you (3 April)

  • Weathering the storm  - what you have in your doctors bag (Dr Jan Birtle, Specialist Advisor Coaching and Mentoring RCPsych)
  • Ethical challenges of COVID-19 in mental health (Dr Mayura Deshpande, Chair, Royal College of Psychiatrists Professional Practice and Ethics Committee)
  • How psychiatrists can support their physical health colleagues (Professor Neil Greenberg, Professor of Defence Mental Health, King's College London)

Online tools in Psychiatry (9 April)

  • New RCPsych guidance resources (Kim Catcheside, Director of Strategic Communications, Royal College of Psychiatrists)
  • Cyberpsychiatry vs COVID-19 (Dr Golnar Aref, Academic Clinical Fellow, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Speech to text dictation (Dr Lesa Wright, Consultant Psychiatrist, Chief Technology Officer, Psychiatry-UK)

Emergency legislation and learning from COVID-19 (16 April)

  • Legal changes to the Mental Health Act following the COVID-19 legislation (Dr Clementine Maddock, Medical Director and Consultant Psychiatrist, Priory Healthcare)
  • Caring for Healthcare Staff: Using Lessons from the Pandemic to Improve Care for NHS Staff when the Pandemic Resolves (Professor Richard Williams, Emeritus Professor of Mental Health Strategy, University of South Wales and Lead Adviser on Disaster Management, Royal College of Psychiatrists)
  • In conversation... (Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Regius Professor of Psychiatry, King's College London)

COVID-19 and people with Intellectual Disability and other developmental disorders (23 April)

  • What worries me and why - A mother speaks (Ms Andreana Howell, Expert by Experience)
  • Guidance for professionals- some key points (Professor Regi Alexander, Editor, Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability)
  • Guidance for professionals- more key points (Professor Peter Langdon, University of Warwick)
  • Equity of access - policy and practice (Dr Jean O'Hara, Visiting Senior Lecturer IoPPN & Former National Clinical Lead, Learning Disability)

Training matters: updates for trainees and trainers during the pandemic (30 April)

  • The MRCPsych examination during the pandemic (Dr Ian Hall, Chief Examiner)
  • How to prepare for the ARCP in light of COVID-19 ( Dr John Russell, Associate Dean for Curricula and Chair of the Curricula and Assessment Committee)
  • No time like the present - Learning to lead ( Dr Saleema Durgahee, Leadership and Management Fellow Trainer)
  • Developing a growth mindset - How to keep training whilst shielding (Dr Leanne Tozer, ST5)

COVID-19 and workforce wellbeing (7 May)

  • Workforce wellbeing: a national update ( Dr Sonya Wallbank, Clinical Health and Wellbeing Lead, NHS England)
  • Looking after your wellbeing during the pandemic ( Dr Mihaela Bucur, Associate Registrar for Wellbeing and Retention, Royal College of Psychiatrists and Consultant Psychiatrist, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Burnout and Healthy Habits ( Dr Richard Duggins, Consultant Psychiatrist, Medical Psychotherapy and Clinical Lead for the Regional Department of Psychotherapy in Newcastle upon Tyne)

COVID-19: An international perspective (14 May)

  • Perspective from Hong Kong (Dr Roger Ng, President of the Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists and Secretary of Education at the World Psychiatric Association)
  • Perspective from India ( Dr Manoj Kumar, Founder and Clinical Director, Mental Health Action Trust, Kerala, India)
  • Perspective from Africa ( Professor Petrus de Vries, Chair, Royal College Psychiatrists African Division)

COVID-19: Working on the front line (21 May)

  • Lessons from the Nightingale and looking after the wellbeing of staff (Dr Derek Tracy, Clinical Director and Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Mark Tarn, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Professor Neil Greenberg, Professor of Defence Mental Health, Kings College, London)
  • Reflections from the front line: Working on an in-patient ward during COVID-19 (Dr Abimbola Fadipe, Deputy Medical Director and Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist)

COVID-19: Psychiatry surveillance system (28 May)

  • The neurology and psychiatry of COVID-19 (Dr Tim Nicholson, co-lead for RCPsych surveillance system, Maudsley, IoPPN and Neuropsychiatry Faculty)
  • The surveillance systems for COVID-19 psychiatry and neuropsychiatry complications (Dr Ben Michael, lead for Coronerve surveillance system, University of Liverpool)

COVID-19: Impact on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities (4 June)

  • Ethnicity: An Agenda for Health (Professor Dinesh Bhugra CBE, Former President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the World Psychiatric Association)
  • BAME COVID-19 deaths: An evidence review of what we know (Dr Abdul Razaq, Interim Consultant in Public Health, Lancashire County Council)
  • COVID-19 & BAME staff in mental health settings: risk assessment & management (Dr Ananta Dave, Medical Director, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust)

COVID-19: Managing in mental health services (11 June)

  • Containing COVID: Managing COVID-19 on a Mental Health Ward
    Dr Janet Obeney-Williams, Inpatient consultant
  • Clinical management, medical liaison and staff wellbeing
    Dr Melanie Knowles, ST5 Psychiatrist
  • COVID case studies and outreach
    Dr Dominic Aubrey-Jones, CT1 Psychiatrist
  • COVID-19 Health Based Place of Safety (HB POS) Response
    Dr Senem Tugrul, Acting Consultant

Pride 2020: The new normal (18 June)

  • Being LGBT+ – What the research tells us about mental health
    Dr Gemma Lewis, UCL
  • Supporting LGBT+ mental health through grassroots sports
    Hugh Torrance, Leap Sports Scotland
  • Pride London – Lockdown Pride
    Will Fox, Pride in London

Changes to the MRCPsych exam delivery this autumn (23 June)

  • Introduction
    Dr Kate Lovett
  • Introduction to online exams
    Dr Ian Hall
  • CASC Demonstration video
    Fry
  • Digital Written papers
    Dr Ian Hall
  • Trainee Perspective
    Dr Stephanie Ewen
  • Q&A
    Facilitated by Dr Luke Baker
  • Future of exams
    Dr Ian Hall
  • Summary and close
    Dr Ross Runciman

Trauma, Containment and Recovery (25 June)

  • Organisational containment of anxiety during the pandemic
    Dr Jo O'Reilly 
  • Pre-existing trauma and Covid-19
    Dr Jo Stubley
  • Managing pandemic related stress: the benefits of gardening and connecting to nature
    Dr Sue Stuart-Smith

Celebrating International Congress 2020 (2 July)

  • President's Valedictory Address
    Professor Wendy Burn, President, Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Is there a role for “Illegal” drugs in the future of psychiatry
    Professor David Nutt, Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology, Imperial College London
  • Your most complex patients: what’s behind the trauma? 
    Professor Helen Minnis, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Glasgow
  • Inaugural Address
    Dr Adrian James, President Elect, Royal College of Psychiatrists  

South Asian History Month: Celebrating our history (9 July) 

This week we hosted the first of our two special free webinars to mark the College’s first ever South Asian History Month, which celebrates the contribution of members and trainees of South Asian heritage to psychiatry, who discussed their fascinating journeys as psychiatrists.

Introduced by Dr Sri Kalidindi, RCPsych Psychiatrist of the Year 2017-18.

  • Professor Dinesh Bhugra, Past President, Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Dr Pearl Hettiaratchy, past Vice-President, Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Dr Shahid Latif, Chair, Transcultural Special Interest Group
  • Dr Abdul-Hameed Latifi, Psychiatrist, SAS Tutor and former chair, Association of Afghan Healthcare Professionals UK
  • Dr Yugesh Rai, Trainee Psychiatrist
  • Dr Russell Razzaque, Consultant Psychiatrist, and Director of Research and Development NELFT

A panel discussion was led by Dr Santosh Mudholkar, Associate Registrar for Member Engagement.

South Asian History Month: Current and future challenges (16 July) 

This week we hosted the second of our two special free webinars to mark the College’s first ever South Asian History Month, with speakers exploring the impact of Covid-19 on South Asian people, issues posed by systemic racism, how South Asian doctors can be supported and valued, and what the College is doing on tackling systemic racism and promoting equality.

Introduced by Dr Subodh Dave, Consultant Psychiatrist, Derby, we heard from:

  • Professor Kam Bhui, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Oxford,​ and Editor in Chief, British Journal of Psychiatry - South Asians and experiences of interpersonal and structural racism in the UK: contemporary implications for anti-racist societies, practice and policies
  • Dr Ananta Dave, Medical Director and Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust - The impact on Covid-19 on South Asian people: looking back, looking forward
  • Dr Shahid Latif, Chair, RCPsych Transcultural SIG - How South Asian doctors can be supported and valued
  • Dr Rajesh Mohan, Chair, Faculty of Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry - Future challenges for South Asian doctors
  • Dr Trudi Seneviratne, Registrar, Royal College of Psychiatrists - What work the College is doing on tackling systemic racism and promoting equality

A panel discussion was led by Dr Santosh Mudholkar, Associate Registrar for Member Engagement.

Interview with David Harewood (23 July) 

In the place of this week’s free #RCPsychLive webinar we will be releasing a fascinating interview with actor David Harewood recorded exclusively for RCPsych earlier this month.

David spoke to President, Adrian James about acting, his experience of psychosis and why the issues raised by black lives matter cannot be forgotten.

Acute Services in COVID-19- Experiences of General Adult Psychiatrists (30 July) 

  • Coping with COVID - an account from acute services
    Dr Indira Vinjamuri, Consultant Psychiatrist, Liverpool and Deputy Medical Director/Director of Medical Education, Mersey Care NHS FT
  • COVID-19 on an acute inpatient psychiatric ward
    Dr Mudasir Firdosi, Consultant Psychiatrist at South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer at St George’s, University of London
  • Tales from the London Nightingale: lessons for staff well-being
    Dr Derek Tracy, Consultant Psychiatrist & Clinical Director, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, London, Senior Lecturer, King's College London

CCQI webinars

The teams in our College Centre for Quality Improvement (CCQI) department have produced a wide range of free webinars which members may be interested in.

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