Free webinars for members

We produce a series of free webinars to support members and trainees.

The webinars cover many different topics of general interest. Please see a list of our upcoming webinars below:

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Catch up with all of our free webinars for members. Webinars from the current year are available below. An archive of older webinars from previous years is also available.

The most recent webinar in our series of free #RCPsychLive webinars was 'Confronting eugenics and its legacies in psychiatry' and took place on Thursday 29 September 2022 from 4.00pm to 5.00pm.

This webinar looked at the relationship between psychiatry and eugenics, in Britain and the wider world. It adopted a diachronic and synchronic approach by exploring the main eugenic themes characterising the psychiatric thinking and practices during the first half of the twentieth century, in countries such as England, Ireland, Germany and the USA. The main themes addressed were: Representation and interpretation (theory and theorists)Segregation and institutionalisation (anxiety and policy); Sterilisation and euthanasia (practical programmes); Lessons and Legacies (coming to terms with the past in current practice)

This webinar was moderated by Marius Turda (Oxford Brookes University) and the speakers included: Frank W. Stahnisch (University of Calgary); Mathew Thomson (University of Warwick); Brendan Kelly (Trinity College, Dublin)

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This webinar examined how to apply the principles of coproduction to the way we use quality improvement to tackle a complex quality or safety issue.

Chaired by Dr Amar Shah (RCPsych QI lead), the webinar used examples from successfully coproduced projects to share learning. Presentations were given by Satwinder Kaur and Amy Chidley, who are both service user representatives on the RCPsych QI Committee, as well as working within NHS trusts to improve services.

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The latest webinar in our series of free members' webinars was titled 'Preparing for and supporting ST4 applications - a guide for applicants and supervisors' and took place on Thursday 25  August 2022 from 4 - 5pm.

Application for higher training can seem like a daunting process for both trainees and the supervisors who wish to support them.

This webinar focused on the evidence for self-assessment which counts for 17.5% of the total score in ranking for ST4 posts. This session was not only for applicants in the current round or hoping to apply in the coming months, but also for core trainees in CT2 and CT3 years in order to plan their experience to build a strong set of evidence.

Clinical and education supervisors and core TPDs were encouraged to join this session, to understand ways in which they can help their core trainees prepare in advance of an ST4 application.

Programme

Preparing for ST4 applications: a special focus on evidence for self-assessment - Professor Nandini Chakraborty
Questions for the panel
The RCPsych Council has decided to put the proposal to extend voting rights to College Affiliates – who are mostly SAS doctors – to an extraordinary general meeting on Thursday 8 September 2022 at Prescot Street, and other locations across the UK, between 6-9pm.

At the EGM, we will simply be putting forward two proposals – the one on extending voting rights to Affiliates, who have worked for three or more years in psychiatry, and another to allow us to routinely hold AGMs and EGMs online.

Currently, our rules say that our AGMs and EGMs have to be held face-to-face, and that all voting has to be done on a show of hands. We feel this is very old-fashioned.

We have issued a special edition of RCPsych Insight to explain exactly what is being proposed.

Dr Adrian James, RCPsych President, and Dr Trudi Seneviratne, RCPsych Registrar led this webinar to explain what we are suggesting, and to take questions.

 

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Professor Bowden-Jones spoke about Breaking Free: How To Stop Gambling which is a new self-help guide for individuals who already know or think they have a problem with gambling, as well as family members and friends seeking advice for their loved ones.  It is currently estimated that 1% of the UK population have an issue with severe problem gambling, with a further two million though to be at risk of worsening problems.

The book is full of worksheets, questionnaires and other practical materials, designed in the National Problem Gambling Clinic (which until recently, was the UK’s only service dedicated to problem gambling), which was founded by one of the book’s editors, Henrietta Bowden-Jones OBE. The materials are designed to help the reader evaluate the extent of their addiction, and form strategies to help combat it.

This was followed by a live Q&A session hosted by Dr Adrian James, President, The Royal College of Psychiatrists.

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The RCPsych Council has decided to put the proposal to extend voting rights to College Affiliates – who are mostly SAS doctors – to an extraordinary general meeting on Thursday 8 September 2022 at Prescot Street, and other locations across the UK, between 6-9pm.

At the EGM, we will simply be putting forward two proposals – the one on extending voting rights to Affiliates, who have worked for three or more years in psychiatry, and another to allow us to routinely hold AGMs and EGMs online.

Currently, our rules say that our AGMs and EGMs have to be held face-to-face, and that all voting has to be done on a show of hands. We feel this is very old-fashioned.

We have issued a special edition of RCPsych Insight to explain exactly what is being proposed.

Dr Adrian James, RCPsych President, and Dr John Crichton, RCPsych Treasurer led this webinar to explain what we are suggesting, and to take questions.

 

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This webinar recording has been taken down at the request of one of the presenters. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Inequalities – through different lenses' and took place on Thursday 14 July 2022 from 4 - 5pm.

This South Asian History Month special was chaired by Dr Subodh Dave, RCPsych Dean, and featured presentations from Dr Santosh Mudholkar, Dr Parvinder Shergill and Dr Sayuri Perera. Topics covered included understanding racism and inequalities in modern NHS through the lens of British Empire, how reducing stigma in South Asian communities can address health inequalities, and the impact of gender inequality on mental health in Sri Lanka. This was followed by an insightful Q&A session. 

 

Programme

Chair: Dr Subodh Dave, Dean, Royal College of Psychiatrists

Dr Santosh Mudholkar, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust; Executive Committee member, Transcultural Psychiatry Special Interest Group

Dr Parvinder Shergill, Actress, Filmmaker and Psychiatrist

Dr Sayuri Perera, Consultant Psychiatrist at the Teaching Hospital Peradeniya; Director of the Counseling and Psychological Support Unit at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka 

Q&A

The first webinar in our series of free #DeansGrandRounds webinars was titled 'Improving the management of alcohol dependence for patients admitted to Mental Health Inpatient Units' and took place on Thursday 16 June 2022 from 4 - 5:30pm.

Overview

The Faculty of Addictions Psychiatry and the West Midlands Division teamed up to examine the loss of addiction expertise in psychiatry. The issue is particularly timely as the requirement of the new GMV curriculum (starting August 2022) is for all CT1-3 trainees to demonstrate competence in the assessment and management of addiction.

During this webinar, the project was explored in detail and included a presentation of PoMH data 12 a,b,c) management of alcohol withdrawal in IP units and trends since 2014. An overview of local data sets was also presented.

Programme

Chair: Dr Abdul Raoof
Introducing the Grand Rounds: Professor Subodh Dave
Why every psychiatrist needs to know how to manage alcohol withdrawal. Curriculum change and launch of tutor: Professor Julia Sinclair
The patient perspective: Dr Ed Day and GemmaAlcohol and mental health data - Dr Zafar Iqbal
Prescribing Observatory for Mental Health (POMH) data presentation: Professor Julia Sinclair
Scoping exercise presentation: Dr Renarta Rowe, Rowena Jones and Kerry Webb

Developing a QI project: Dr Deepa Bagepalli Krishnan and Dr Alina Braicu
QI project: To improve patient outcomes (and reduce re-admissions) to psychiatric inpatient units and medical wards: Dr Alina Braicu
Panel discussion and Q&A
Additional panellists: Dr Derrett Watts and Dr Muhammad Gul

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In line with Pride 2022, the next webinar in our series of free #RCPsychLive webinars was titled 'Bringing your whole self to work – why it’s essential for good mental health and better patient outcomes' and took place on Thursday 9 June 2022 from 4 - 5pm.

During this webinar, Ruth Bolle, Managing Partner of Research by Design, led a discussion that covered key findings from the College's recent LGBTQ+ research. There were also presentations from Dr Saul Levin, CEO and Medical Director of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr Bob Batterson, Clinical Professor and Child Psychiatrist at the Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City Missouri, and Adrian Garcia, MHFA England lead for the Higher Education sector and founder and chair of Project Pride.

Programme

Chair: Dr Josep Vilanova
Speaker 1: Ruth Bolle
Speaker 2: Dr Saul Levin
Speaker 3: Dr Bob Batterson
Speaker 4: Adrian Garcia

Q&A

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Self-harm and suicidal thoughts are associated with considerable distress, disability and mortality. There are many factors underlying their development, requiring a compassionate, personalised response to care and treatment.

Yet there are ongoing examples in the UK where the response to suicidal thoughts or behaviour is not compassion, but criminalisation. Beyond arresting a person ‘for their own protection’ while suicidal, this includes the use of bail conditions, community protection notices, antisocial behaviour orders and prosecution for alleged offences related to being suicidal.

In this free webinar, the speakers described what is known about the benefits and harms of criminal sanctions as a response to self-harm and suicidality in the UK in the 21st Century, including an account of direct lived experience of this practice, and the clinical and ethical duties of psychiatrists when encountering such a scenario.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Adrian James (co-chair)
  • Marsha McAdam (co-chair)
  • Alex Thomson
  • Em McAllister
  • Louis Appleby
  • Sarah Skett

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The Clinical Impact Awards – which are overseen by the Advisory Committee on Clinical Impact Awards – reward consultants or academic GPs in England and Wales who deliver national impact above the expectations of their job role or other paid work.

This webinar will cover the application process and advice on how to write a successful application.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Trudi Seneviratne
  • Professor Nav Ahluwalia
  • Dr Kate Lovett
  • Professor Ashok Roy

For further information on how to submit an application for a Clinical Impact Award please visit our web page

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We know that Psychiatry is an incredibly rewarding career however, it is not without its challenges. Despite a lifetime of work encouraging those in need to reach out, doctors are not always practiced at seeking appropriate help for themselves. 

The impact of work and personal stressors can affect doctors’ wellbeing at any point of their career, from training  through to consultancy often leaving individuals feeling isolated, unsupported, and overwhelmed. This free event aims to outline just some of the support services available at the college including:

  • the Psychiatrist Support Service (PSS)
  • Mentoring and Coaching networks
  • and the Peer Support group for doctors affected by patient suicide.

We hope to create a space that encourages all members at any stage of their career to reach out for support and develop reflective spaces as part of a regular practice for their own stress prevention and postvention.

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We know that during the Pandemic, Domestic abuse has been the Shadow Pandemic. Domestic Abuse isn’t always physical. Coercive control is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.

This controlling behaviour is designed to make a person dependent by isolating them from support, exploiting them, depriving them of independence and regulating their everyday behaviour. Coercive control creates invisible chains and a sense of fear that pervades all elements of a victim’s life and it impacts on their mental health. This is however frequently not recognised or understood and the webinar is to help us increase our understanding.

Speakers:

  • Setting scene/context - by Dr Beena Rajkumar
  • Responding to coercive control - by Dr Philippa Greenfield and Jessie See 
  • Introducing Professor Monckton Smith - Dr Claire Wilson
  • Stages of Coercion and Control -  by Dr Jane Monckton-Smith
  • Q+A from the audience - facilitated by Dr Violeta Perez
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This webinar explored the themes of exclusion culture in psychiatry and rehumanising psychiatry discussed in Chloe Beale’s BJPsych Bulletin article Magical thinking and moral injury: exclusion culture in psychiatry

Joining author Chloe Beale was Debbie Frances and RCPsych Dean Subodh Dave. Bulletin Editor-in-Chief Norman Poole chaired the session. The webinar also provided the opportunity for free-flowing discussion.  

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This webinar was conceived as an opportunity to raise awareness, showcase good practice, advocate for career support for doctors (psychiatrists) with complex caring responsibilities; the advantage they bring to the system and why the system needs to accommodate and nurture them - at their pace. 

Our first speaker Dr Raka Maitra set the scene with the status in the UK- the scale of the issue, the initiatives, the gaps in policies. Our second talk by Professor Christina Mangurian focused on how she got interested in research about physicians with complex caring responsibilities, and how this helps inform policy changes locally and nationally. Our final talk by Professor Wendy Burn focused on what she has learnt during her career on how to support psychiatrists with caring responsibilities. She had recently been involved with national level well-being report and could therefore bring in that focus to discuss why this is important. 

The webinar tied in with the current 'NHS commitment to carers' and NHS Peoples plan. 

This was followed by a Q&A.

Speakers confirmed:

Speakers

  • Professor Wendy Burn CBE, Past President, RCPsych UK
  • Professor Christina Mangurian Vice Chair for Diversity and Health Equity, UCSF Department of Psychiatry, USA
  • Dr Raka Maitra ST5 CAMHS and Complex caring responsibilities lead of WMHSIG, RCPsych

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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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