There have been some worrying moments in the past month when it
looked as if the extra money for mental health was hanging in the
But, I’m pleased to say, we campaigned hard openly on social
media and behind the scenes, and fortunately Simon Stevens
confirmed his commitment to our funding.
As I go about the UK I am hearing of places where new money is
helping, particularly in Perinatal and Liaison services.
I am also aware of concerns that our workforce is moving into
these new services and away from our community teams and the wards
which can’t do without them. We will be watching this
Success in Wales
A highlight of the month was a trip to Swansea to speak at the
RCPsych in Wales and the Welsh Psychiatric Society joint
Even the people on the ticket gates at the station were
friendly, the sun shone brightly (apparently it always does in
Swansea), I tasted deep fried cockles for the first time and the
academic content was varied and interesting. I will
definitely be returning.
Good news and a big thank you
I’m not allowed to share the numbers with you but there is some
exceptionally good news about how many applications we have had to
core training this year.
Of course, there is a long way to go before we know how many
will actually join us next August but things are looking
A big thanks to everyone who helped with the Choose Psychiatry
campaign this year.
The College recruitment campaign will only work if Psychiatrists
on the frontline show medical students and Foundation Doctors what
a fantastic job we have, despite the struggle with lack of
resources – many of you volunteered your time to help us this year
and we will need more of the same in 2018.
There was also an overwhelming response to our pilot of CAMHS
run-through training. Again, I can’t give you the numbers but it
makes getting a surgical post look easy...
The review of the Mental Health Act is gathering momentum and
they have put out a call for evidence.
We will use the Membership survey results to inform our response
and will devote the whole of the morning of the January Council
meeting to discussing this.
Two particular areas where we need to clarify our position are
on whether we believe the Act should be based primarily on Capacity
or on Risk, and the use of CTOs.
You can feed in your opinions directly using the email address
via your Faculty and Divisional reps on Council.
As always at this time of year Christmas is approaching fast and
will be here before we know it.
I’m very grateful to all those who will be working over the
holiday to keep our services going, I hope that you get some time
to relax with your families.
From all of us at the College we wish you a very Happy Christmas
and all the best for 2018.
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