Free webinars for members

We produce a series of free webinars to support members and trainees, covering many different topics of general interest.

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2024 webinars


Mental health services for the elderly are not readily available in many developing countries, and there is a shortage of geriatric psychiatrists. This is a growing concern as the number of ageing people in these countries is increasing, and non-communicable risk factors associated with dementia, such as diabetes, uncontrolled hypertension, and obesity, are on the rise. Although general psychiatrists, neurologists and family physicians are available, their numbers are small, and they cannot provide comprehensive care for patients with dementia. In this regard, primary care services are better placed to deliver dementia services in low- and middle-income countries. The primary care workforce, including general practitioners and nurses, can be trained to offer holistic care for dementia patients and refer them to psychiatrists. This task-shifting is necessary to triage, treat, and address co-morbid medical and psychiatric disorders among patients with dementia. Moreover, it can provide links to community public health services to reduce risk factors, raise awareness and help communities to take care of patients with dementia.

In collaboration with the World Network of Psychiatric Trainees.


  • Dr Djibril Moussa MD Msc, Atlantic fellow in global brain health, memory and ageing center, department of neurology, UCSF, San Francisco, USA Department of psychiatry, Borama Hospital, Borama, Somaliland.
  • Dr Chandrima Naskar, Associate Specialist, Psychiatry, Tata Main Hospital; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Manipal Tata Medical College, Jamshedpur, India.
  • Dr Margaret Isioma Ojeahere, Consultant Psychiatrist, Assistant Training Director, Department of Psychiatry, Jos University Teaching Hospital, Nigeria.
  • Co-chair - Dr Sanya Virani, Assistant Professor, Associate Programme Director- Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship, Department d Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts, USA.
  • Co-chair - Dr Victor Pereira-Sanchez, MD, PhD, Director of Global Fellowships, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Global Center for Child and Adolescent Mental Health at the Child Mind Institute.

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Challenging behaviours (also known as behaviours of concern) in people with intellectual disability (ID) have a wide ranging impact on health, quality of life and wellbeing. Interventions to improve outcomes for people with challenging behaviours require a multi-disciplinary approach, and modifying practice requires political and cultural shift.

Over the past decade novel approaches have been implemented internationally with promising improvements in outcomes. ID specialist psychiatrists have long been involved in the management of challenging behaviours, and sharing experience between the RCPsych ID faculty and the Western Pacific Division will provide an important bridge to ensure psychiatrists are up to date with the latest developments.

Challenging behaviours in people with intellectual disability:

  • How can psychiatrists improve outcomes for people with intellectual disability and challenging behaviour?
  • How should psychiatrists successfully advocate to impact policy and instigate change?


  • Professor Subodh Dave, Dean, RCPsych
  • Dr James Smith
  • Professor Angela Hassiotis
  • Dr Inder Sawhney
  • Dr Rebecca Koncz 

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Staff working in healthcare settings experience significant work-related mental health distress.  An interplay of a number of personal, occupational and socio-environmental factors results in high rates of burnout and mental health problems amongst physicians.  This session of Dean’s Grand Rounds focused on exploring and understanding this problem through physician experience, case studies and local data. The session also focused on some unique challenges in low and middle income countries and barriers to seeking mental health support amongst physicians. We heard about an innovative approach developed in the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), India to enhance physician wellbeing.



1. Introduction - Professor Subodh Dave, Dean, RCPsych
2. Chair - Dr Pratima Murthy, Director, NIMHANS
3. Short Mental Health Stories of Doctors: Sad and Happy Lives - Dr Narasimha, Faculty, NIMHANS
4. Mental health concerns among medical professionals – Review and synthesis - Dr Jayant Mahadevan, Faculty, NIMHANS
5. NAMAH: An Innovative Wellbeing Programme for Physician's Mental Health - Dr Prabhat Chand, Faculty, NIMHANS
6. Followed by Q&A



Whilst pregnancy and the first year of the baby’s life can bring joy, it can also be a period when some mothers experience mental health related problems for the first time.

Neurodivergent women in particular may face challenges which they have not dealt with before getting pregnant and looking after a baby.

With the increased awareness and understanding of neurodiversity in the population, more needs to be done to understand the needs of neurodivergent women in this critical period of their life and the lives of their families.

This webinar will consider what we know about ADHD and Autism in the perinatal period as well as identify areas for further research.

  • Chair - Dr Manal El Maraghy 
  • Welcome and closing remarks by - Dr Subodh Dave and Dr Deepa Bagepalli Krishnan
  • Dr Jessica Gibson
  • Dr Sam Porter
  • Dr Shimrit Ziv
  • Dr Dilara Yozgatli
  • Dr Libby Bryant 

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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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