Online learning section launched to support psychiatrists and mental health clinicians during the COVID-19 pandemic

03 April 2020

An online section providing access to a raft of educational resources to equip psychiatrists and clinicians working in mental health settings during the outbreak of COVID-19 has been launched by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

With increased pressures on NHS staff during the outbreak, the section directs clinicians to the latest essential information about COVID-19 prevention and treatment. (Note: this section has since been withdrawn)

It also links to free CPD Online modules to help staff working within mental health settings, including resources on managing stress and burnout, medical ethics and the psychiatric aspects of end-of-life care. Other resource topics include infection prevention and control, diabetes care, as well as hands-on practical skills like blood taking.

It features educational podcasts, videos and webinars produced by RCPsych, as well as resources from other Royal Colleges and external organisations, such as the Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) COVID-19 programme.

Dr Kate Lovett, Dean of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said:

“As doctors, we are all having to adapt our clinical skills and practice to deal with this emerging crisis.

“The College is doing all it can to support psychiatrists and other clinicians working in mental health settings deal with the impact of COVID-19. We hope our learning resources will help support this by meeting the urgent need for easily accessible training and professional development resources.”

The College recently urged psychiatrists to undertake remote assessments as it continued to ramp up its efforts to protect its members, patients and NHS staff from coronavirus.

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