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Success for Beechcroft PRN Project

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The College extends its congratulations to the Beechcroft psychotropic PRN medication project, which won Highly Commended (2nd place) in the Innovation in Quality Improvement category in the BMJ Awards. 

Speaking afterwards, Dr Claire Kelly said, "The project improved quality of care for young people.  We achieved statistically significant reductions in PRN use, which has been sustained for the past two years.

The results reflect the multidisciplinary team’s ongoing commitment to improving patient care. We are absolutely delighted with the recognition and so proud of the team’s hard work."

Pictured above are Fiona McCarry (Acting Ward Sister), Nicola Johnston (Acting Ward Sister), Dr Claire Kelly (Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist) and Dr Lisa Montgomery (Specialty Dr).

Additional Medical School places a “timely and practical boost” says RCPsych NI Chair

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RCPsych NI Chair, Dr Richard Wilson, has welcomed the news that Queen's University is to admit an additional 80 medical students after funding was secured at Stormont by the Health Minister, Robin Swann.  The announcement comes in the wake of the findings of the 2019 Gardiner Report, which found that Northern Ireland required at least 100 additional medical students per year to meet the increasing demand for doctors.

In overall terms, that will increase the number of students studying to become doctors in Belfast by 30% over a two-year period, with over 300 medical students being based in the city by September 2021. The news comes shortly after Ulster University received GMC approval to begin recruiting 70 graduate students to begin a four-year medical degree course in 2021.

Dr Wilson said, “This is a very timely and practical boost for the medical profession in Northern Ireland and the Minister should be commended for securing the extra funding. Workforce planning is one of our key strategies and this comes at an opportune time for the College as we lobby for an increase in the number of psychiatry training places to meet the ever-increasing demand." 

“RCPsych NI will continue to work in partnership with the medical schools to ensure that the needs of mental health services and patients are met effectively, and that Northern Ireland continues to produce a world class workforce to deliver our health services," added Dr Wilson. 

A big thank you to Patricia!

Patricia Vinchenzo’s term as President of QUB Psychsoc came to an end in July 2020. 

We would like to formally thank Patricia for all the support and hard work she has committed to the role and wish her all the best as she completes her final year at QUB.    

From August 2020 Isabella Conti will take over as incoming President and Cara Wardman, as incoming Vice President.  Isabella has also received one of 10 places across the RCPsych as an undergraduate ‘Psych Star’ and will commence this role from September 2020.

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