We've launched a series of free webinars to support members and trainees during the pandemic.
The webinars will offer both a solution-focused approach to the current COVID-19 pandemic and also cover other topics of general interest.
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This webinar was organised by the Northern and Yorkshire Division
- Understand the principles of trauma informed care
- Understand the ways in which psychosis, treatment, and ethnicity can contribute to trauma
- Incorporate principles of trauma informed care into clinical practice.
- Dr Peter Carter, consultant psychiatrist, joint lead for NELFT EIP. Director of Medical Education
- Dr Miriam Fornells-Ambrojo, consultant clinical psychologist, joint lead for NELFT EIP. Assistant Professor Psychology DClinPsy UCL
- Dr Mel O, Brien, clinical psychologist, NELFT EIP
- Dr Ruby Rathbone, Foundation Year 1 doctor. NELFT
Four authors present their essays on the topic “How the COVID-19 pandemic has taught be to be a better doctor/psychiatrist”, as chosen by the external judging panel of Honorary Fellows.
We are delighted to announce that Dr Lovett and Dr Evans will be joined by Dr Adrian James, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. This webinar will also feature appearances by Honorary Fellows Stephen Fry and Alastair Campbell.
This taster session covered some key situations in which psychiatrists have had to manage problems related to addiction. The focus was on clinical scenarios, with guidance on recognition and management.
Topics and Speakers
Q & A – 30 minutes
- Dr Kate Lovett, Dean, Royal College of Psychiatrists
- Dr Claire Hilton, Consultant Psychiatrist, RCPsych Historian in Residence
- Dr Rajesh Mohan, Presidential Lead on Race and Equality
- Dr Gianetta Rands, Consultant Psychiatrist
- Dr Fiona Subotsky, Consultant Psychiatrist and former RCPsych Treasurer
- Specialist assessment and management of young onset dementia
- Recent advances in the understanding of young onset dementia
- Interplay with neurology
- Transition between different services: mental health services, memory services, neurology, primary care, local authorities, specialist tertiary services.
- Dr Mohan Bhat, Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist, Associate Medical Director for Barking and Dagenham North East London NHS Foundation Trust
- Dr Janet Carter, Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry, Older Adults Community Mental Health Team and Memory Service, Romford
- Dr Paul Gallagher, Psychiatrist, East London NHS Foundation Trust
- Dr Joanne Hew, Psychiatrist, East London NHS Foundation Trust
This webinar aimed to help psychiatrists and other frontline healthcare workers understand some of the thinking behind the vaccine roll-out and the key issues to consider when offering the vaccine to those with a severe mental illness, intellectual disability and/or dementia.
- Overview of the vaccination programme
- Insight into how decisions should be made about the administering of vaccines
- Discussion around some of the ways capacity to consent has been addressed with patients
- Dr Adrian James - President of Royal College of Psychiatrists
- Dr Jonathan Leach OBE - NHS England Medical Director for COVID-19 Immunisation
- Mr Alex Ruck Keene - Barrister and Visiting Senior Lecturer at King’s College London
- Dr Mani Krishnan - Chair of the Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry at the Royal College of Psychiatrists
- Dr Ken Courtenay - Chair of the Faculty of the Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability
- Dr Victoria Sullivan - Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist
Each of the speakers gave a short presentation on their area of expertise and this was then followed by a Q&A from the audience, which was chaired by Adrian James.
This webinar aimed to introduce the best places to find evidence to support your day to day practice and research projects.
- find out what resources are out there to support everyday practice and research projects. Which should be used in different situations
- learn about point of care tools and explore BMJ Best Practice
- learn how to effectively and efficiently search databases of medical literature
- learn about Open Access research and how it can be accessed
- find out about and download useful apps.
Topics to be covered:
- levels of evidence – what to search and when
- point of care tools – BMJ Best Practice
- Open Access Research
- useful apps
- how to find what you want in healthcare research databases, such as Medline and PsychINFO, including Boolean searching, search tips, limiting your results and exporting.
- how to search the databases and journals provided by the NHS
how to search the databases and journals provided by the RCPsych.
This webinar was chaired by Dr Luke Baker (Chair, PTC) and delivered by Fiona Watson (RCPsych Library and Archives Manager).
The webinar will focus on the work of the College's quality networks and accreditation schemes. We will explore the benefits of being a peer reviewer - both to a psychiatrist's own professional development and also in supporting improving quality in their service.
- Peter Thompson - Introduction to the CCQI and overview of process
- Dr Trudi Seneviratne - Personal experience of benefit to own service from participating
- Dr Vishelle Kamath - how being a reviewer helps with professional development
The webinar is part of a campaign the CCQI is running over the next few months to boost the number of psychiatrist reviewers across the networks.
This webinar covered the controversy that surrounded the transition to becoming a Royal College in 1971, 50 years ago.
The webinar features the first screening of short video about The Petition Group, a band of rebel Junior Doctors who objected to way the College was being formed and the bitter conflict that erupted as a result. The screening was followed by a panel discussion to examine the issues in greater detail and consider the impact that it has had on the College today.
This webinar was chaired by former president, Professor Dinesh Bhugra, alongside our panelists Sir David Goldberg, Professor John Gunn, Dr Angela Rouncefield & Dr Peter Noble.
We will look at what we have learnt from the positive impact on environment and negative impact on the mental healthcare workforce from Covid-19 and the rapid adaptations of healthcare services to the constraints on face to face appointments that it has imposed.
We will examine the responses of patients, particularly younger patients who represent our future, about satisfaction, the eco-friendliness and sustainability of remote delivery of healthcare. We will also discuss how remote delivery has helped and hindered mental wellbeing and utilisation of the workforce in difficult times.
We will discuss with participants how to learn from our experiences to ‘Build Back Better’ for more flexible, patient-centred and sustainable mental healthcare delivery in the future
- How things have changed: the rapid adaptation of mental health services to the Covid-19 pandemic and the wins and losses
Professor Alka Ahuja, Visiting Professor, University of South Wales, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, and National Clinical Lead, TEC Cymru
- What is the sustainability of our ‘new normal’? Ecological impact of remote working on the environment, what patients, families and clinicians think of sustainability, and the impact on workforce
Ms Gemma Johns, Programme Manager, Technology Enabled Healthcare Wales (TEC Cymru)
- Building Back Better? How can we build a new model of mental healthcare delivery which is more robust and sustainable?
Dr Jacinta Tan, Child and adolescent psychiatrist, Medical Ethicist, Project Manager, CWTCH project
This was followed by a Q & A session chaired by Ollie John, RCPsych Wales Manager.
Whether you know you want to apply to higher psychiatry training and are wondering how, or are not yet certain it’s the path for you, this webinar will help you make the right decisions about the next steps in your career. Our speakers cover topics including the ST4 application process, what it’s like to start out in higher training and experiences throughout psychiatry training.
If you are a senior psychiatrist hoping to support junior colleagues in their applications, the webinar will also give you more information to do this. The webinar is suitable for anyone interested in psychiatry, but particularly core trainees or those who have completed core training and are currently not in a training programme.
- Applying to ST4 - Clare Kerswill, Head of Specialty Recruitment, HENW
- Experiences applying and in ST4 - Kabir Garg
- My career and why I chose psychiatry training - Benjamin Waterhouse
This was followed by a Q&A session chaired by Dr Luke Baker.
This webinar illustrated how a combination of proactive, tailored training and a strong relational approach to supervision can support development and maximise educational gains. The speakers drew on different aspects of Personalised Training to demonstrate the breadth of the concept across education from a trainee and trainer perspective.
- Dr Chris O'Loughlin, Head of School, East of England
- Dr Luke Baker, Chair Psychiatric Training Committee (PTC)
- Dr Saadia Alvi, IMG Representative to Royal College (PTC)
This was followed by a Q&A session chaired by Dr Chris O'Loughlin, Head of School, East of England.
This webinar covered the basic areas trainees need to address when completing their application to core training, as well as factors trainers should consider when supporting their trainees in this process. It included the perspectives of recent applicants and trainers experienced in recruitment to core training, and a talk from the recruitment team at Health Education England North West.
- Clare Kerswill, Head of Specialty Recruitment (North West) and Regional Recruitment Lead (North), Health Education England North West
- Dr Charlotte Blewett, Consultant Psychiatrist, Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Trust
- Dr Emma Brooks, Core Trainee
The webinar was chaired by Dr Arthita Das.
This week we hosted a special extended weekly webinar to celebrate Black History Month.
Introduced by Tim Ojo, Registrar for Policy Support we heard from:
- Femi Oyebode, RCPsych Lifetime Achievement Award Winner 2016
- Mosun Fapohunda, Consultant Psychiatrist, founding member of ABP-UK Association of Black Psychiatrists UK and member of Black Women in Health
- Aggrey Burke, Consultant Psychiatrist, COPE Mental Health Foundation, Birmingham and Patron, ACCI, Wolverhampton.
- Altha Stewart, former President of the APA
This was followed by a Q&A session chaired by Lade Smith, Presidential Lead for Race Equality.
For anyone thinking of embarking on a career in psychiatry, this webinar provides practical information and fascinating case studies. Our inspirational speakers talk about their own career paths and experiences in psychiatry while also shedding a light on some of the areas psychiatrists work in throughout their careers.
- Guilty minds: becoming a forensic psychiatrist
Dr Lade Smith, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist and RCPsych Presidential Lead for Race Equality
- Colourful-Minds: From the back of our minds to the front of our conversation
Dr Julia Ogunmuyiwa, Trainee Psychiatrist
- Foundation training during the pandemic
Ololade Obadare, Medical Student
This was followed by a Q&A session chaired by Lade Smith, Presidential Lead for Race Equality.
This webinar was organised by the RCPsych VIPSIG to help interested people consider future volunteering possibilities and how this might be achieved in line with the new RCPsych College international strategy.
- The New Royal College of Psychiatrists International Strategy: Focus on Volunteering
Professor Mohammed Al-Uzri, Presidential lead for International Affairs
- What’s happening in Ethiopia?
Dr Heather Dipple and Dr Sewbesew Yetayih
- Distant supervision of front-line workers in Rohigya Refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
Dr Anis Ahmed
- Update from WHO perspective
Dr Peter Hughes
- The future of technology in International Volunteering
Dr Ruairi Page
This was followed by a Q&A session chaired by Dr Jane Mounty, VIPSIG conference organiser and Dr Sophie Thomson, Chair VIPSIG.Watch this webinar now
This webinar was hosted by the RCPsych London Division and focused on sharing local experiences of the pandemic.
- COVID-19 - The ‘regular’ experience
Dr Suhana Ahmedpan
- COVID-19 and Acute Inpatient Psychiatry
Dr Anil Kumar
- Surviving a pandemic with teleconsulting
Dr Gabrielle Pendlebury
The webinar closed with a live Q&A session with all the panelists, chaired by Dr Peter Hughes, Chair of the London Division.
This webinar was jointly hosted by the RCPsych Faculty of General Adult Psychiatry and the RCPsych College Centre for Quality Improvement.
- Quantifying the Impact of Covid-19 on UK mental health services
Stephen Watkins, Director, NHS Benchmarking Network
- Real life impact: the information contained in the data
Simon Rose, Lived Experience Educator, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
- Data and Clinicians: Why Data Matters
Dr Asif Bachlani, Clinical Director for Acute and PICU Network, Priory Group
Following the South Asian History Month, this webinar aims to inspire South Asian psychiatrists from a range of backgrounds to consider and complete psychiatric training, and become consultants and future medical leaders.
- Life in a multicultural society: growing up, living and working in inner city Birmingham. This will include a journey from humble beginnings to working in a multicultural community, which has a variety of needs.
- From Kashmir to the United Kingdom - training and working through different cultures. Discussion around training in psychiatry and work culture in different continents.
- A personal journey from being a medical student in Govt. Medical College Srinagar to a Medical Director at KMPT.
This webinar was chaired by Dr Tom Berney and presenters included Dr Ian Davidson, Dr Mary Doherty and Dr Conor Davidson
This webinar will be an interactive case-based seminar focusing on managing mental and physical sequelae of COVID-19 in psychiatry.
The webinar will be chaired by Dr Navina Evans CBE and presenters include Dr Cate Bailey, Dr Jia Song, Dr Lynsey McAlpine and Dr Fawziya Huq
The session follows the successful format of interactive case discussions at East London NHS FT and draws on impact of COVID-19 on BAME communities, as well as neurological and psychological impacts of COVID-19.
- 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
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.
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.Watch the webinar now
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.
- 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
- 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
Dr Kate Lovett
- Introduction to online exams
Dr Ian Hall
- CASC Demonstration video
- Digital Written papers
Dr Ian Hall
- Trainee Perspective
Dr Stephanie Ewen
Facilitated by Dr Luke Baker
- Future of exams
Dr Ian Hall
- Summary and close
Dr Ross Runciman
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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.