Free webinars for members

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.

Book your place

    22 October: Inaugural Meeting of the Association of Black Psychiatrists, UK

    29 October: Black History Month Celebratory Webinar

    View our FAQs page for more information on how to join the webinars.

    Watch a webinar

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

    Careers in Psychiatry: Celebrating Black Psychiatrists (15 October)

    For anyone thinking of embarking on a career in psychiatry, this webinar provides practical information and fascinating case studies. Our inspirational speakerstalk 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
    • Question and Answer session
      Chaired by Dr Dr Lade Smith

    Volunteering globally in an era of COVID (8 October)

    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
    • Question and Answer session
      Chaired by Dr Jane Mounty, VIPSIG  conference organiser and Dr Sophie Thomson, Chair VIPSIG

    COVID-19 and London: learning from local experience (1 October)

    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.

    Better Data, Better Care: what data tells us about mental health services during COVID-19 (17 September)

    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

    Inspiring the next generation to become great leaders: The experiences of consultant psychiatrists from the South Asian diaspora (3 September)

    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.

    Encounters with ASD in adult mental health (13 August) 

    This webinar was chaired by Dr Tom Berney and presenters included Dr Ian Davidson, Dr Mary Doherty and Dr Conor Davidson

    Managing mental and physical sequelae of COVID-19 in psychiatry (6 August) 

    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.

    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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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  

    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

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

    • Introduction
      Dr Kate Lovett
    • Introduction to online exams
      Dr Ian Hall
    • CASC Demonstration video
    • 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

    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

    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

    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: 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: 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: 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 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)

    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 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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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.

    Get in contact to receive further information regarding a career in psychiatry