Chair: Dr Ahmed Khan
Vice Chair: Dr Bhagat Sharma
RCPsychiS Office Contact: Andrew Fraser
Scottish Addiction Specialist Committee
The Scottish Addiction Specialist Committee meets every three months for an all day meeting with a teaching and business component.
It's a place to discuss ideas and trends within the field in Scotland. If you're interested in attending, please contact our Chair, Dr Ahmed Khan.
All meetings are held at the Golden Lion hotel in Stirling.
Opioids Aware: A resource for patients and healthcare professionals to support prescribing of opioid medicines for pain
A new opioid prescribing resource has been launched by the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Royal College of Anaesthestists; funded by Public Health England.
Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs - Recovery Committee Report
How can opioid substitution therapy (and drug treatment and recovery systems) be optimised to maximise recovery outcomes for service users?
Read the full report. (pdf)
Presentations from Annual Faculty Meeting in Dunkeld 2015
- 'Tobacco, Alcohol and opioid dependence' - Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive, Ash Scotland
- 'Gambling in substance misuse patients' - Dr Mike Kehoe, NHS Lothian and Borders
- 'The myth of addiction as a disease and other drug contentions' (pdf) Dr Phil Dalgarno, Glasgow Caledonian University
The DoH in England has set up a group to identify the outcomes that should be used in mental health.
Your views on these points would be appreciated.
- We need to agree that all outcome measures should include the ICD10 diagnosis. Would there be support for this?
- HoNOS is embedded in the information systems of all Trusts. This was a measure developed by the College. It is a general measure that can be widely used across clinical groups
- We need to agree on a patient rated scale (the shortened Warwick-Edinburgh scale has been piloted in this way).
- To assist the discussion, please see below some relevant papers identified by Mike Crawford from CCQI and an excellent Faculty report drawn up by the Liaison Faculty.
- Crawford M J et al. Selecting outcome measures in mental health: the views of service users.Journal of Mental Health, Aug 2011; 20(4): 336–346 (pdf)
- Mental Health Outcomes Compendium (pdf) - National Institute for Mental Health in England
- Editorial. Routine outcome assessment in mental health services. Psychological Medicine, 2002, 32, 1339-1343 (pdf)
- Dr Peter Trigwell et al. Framework for Routine Outcome Measurement in Liaison Psychiatry. Faculty Report (pdf)
- Ash Scotland briefing on Smoking, alcohol and opioid dependence (pdf)
- Winhusen T M et al. A Randomized Trial of Concurrent Smoking-Cessation and Substance Use Disorder Treatment in Stimulant-Dependent Smokers. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 2014;75(4):336–343. Conclusion: These results suggest that providing smoking-cessation treatment to illicit stimulant-dependent patients in outpatient substance use disorder treatment will not worsen, and may enhance, abstinence from non nicotine substance use.
- For methadone maintenance, ‘Discussion’ from Nahvi et al. Addiction Science & Clinical Practice 2014,9:9. (pdf)‘Multiple studies suggest that smoking cessation medication adherence is an important determinant of cessation success, including among methadone-maintained smoker. In a retrospective cohort study in which methadone maintenance patients were prescribed varenicline during routine clinical care, varenicline treatment duration was significantly associated with smoking cessation. In two large smoking cessation trials among methadone maintenance patients, adherence to nicotine patch treatment was also shown to be associated with improved smoking cessation outcomes. Methadone-maintained smokers had fewer cigarettes per day and a 7.1x increased odds of abstinence on days in which they used patches compared to days they did not.’
- Overview of Alcohol and Tobacco from America’s National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism:
- Cookson C et al. Smoking and its treatment in addiction services: Clients’ and staff behaviour and attitudes.
- BMC Health Services Research 2014, 14:304. ‘A large unmet clinical need is evident with a widespread failure to deliver smoking cessation interventions to an extraordinarily high prevalence population of smokers in addiction services. This is despite the majority of smokers reporting motivation to quit. Staff smoking and attitudes may be a contributory factor in these findings.’
The Child and Adolescent Faculty has a membership of around 300 psychiatrists across Scotland.
Our executive meets four or five times per year. We also hold an AGM in association with an Academic Conference in November.
Current issues under discussion include:
- Resourcing and Manpower
- Inpatient Adolescent Services
- Transitions to Adult Services
Should you wish to view previous Executive or AGM Minutes please contact Susan Richardson.
Message from the Scottish Faculty Chair - COVID-19 Guidance
I hope you are keeping well and wanted to share resources and seek your feedback about our annual meeting. I also wanted to bring some things to your attention. It's been an extraordinary few weeks and many of us have been asked to radically change how we carry out our clinical work. Along with anxiety about the health of our loved ones, patients, colleagues and ourselves, we have been dealing with home life being transformed by children being off school, partners working from home and vulnerable relatives in social isolation. Technology has become our friend and being a slow adopter, I have been really impressed with options which have allowed me to review our patients in their homes and have virtual meetings with colleagues and can see COVID 19 pandemic as leaving us with at least one helpful legacy for our work.
- Please view guidance for children and young people and those caring for them about COVID 19 and how to help those who might be more vulnerable which was developed with colleagues from different agencies.
- There is also information about changes to the Mental Health Act legislation which will allow us to carry on this work during the pandemic. Colleagues at the Mental Welfare Commission are, as ever, very helpful if you have further queries.
- Before the pandemic there were gaps in the Scottish CAMHS medical workforce and if colleagues who retired during the past 3 years are willing and able to support services, please contact your local Clinical Director or Lead Clinician to discuss this.
- We are needing 2 External Advisors for Consultant appointment committees, preferably from the North of Scotland. Contact Angela Currie at the College if you are interested.
- It would be difficult to organise an annual academic meeting as usual for November, but Dr. Helen Smith, our Academic Secretary and I were wondering if we should try to set up a meeting and dinner at the end of the year for us to come together and reflect on the year, lessons learned and the state of child and adolescent psychiatry in Scotland after COVID 19. Please get in touch with Susan Richardson to let us know if there would be interest in this.
- Finally, we will be more aware than most that many families with children or adults with neuro-developmental conditions including Learning Disability and mental health disorders will be having a tough time of it. If you or some under utilised young people in your house or community are interested in supporting vulnerable people in your community, you might find the "Viral Kindness" flyer of use.
Annual Conference and AGM 2019
Please see available presentations from the conference:-
- Anorexia Nervosa and Autism Spectrum Disorder: is there a link and what it means for the clinical practice (pptx) Professor Kate Tchanturia, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Kings College London.
- Facilitating the transition of young people on the autism spectrum through health services from childhood to adulthood: findings from the Transition research programme (PDF) Jeremy Parr, Professor of Paediatric Neurodisability, Newcastle University.
- Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Criminal Justice System (pptx) Dr Clare Allely, Reader in Forensic Psychology, Salford University, Manchester.
Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing Programme Board
This is jointly chaired by the Scottish Government and COSLA and will run up to the end of 2020. It has replaced the Children and Young People's Mental Health Taskforce which was chaired by Dr. Dame Denise Coia who has unfortunately needed to retire due to ill health.
The Programme Board is focusing on 4 strands of work regarding children and young people's mental health (universal services, community based support, specialist CAMHS and neurodevelopmental pathways) and is supported by work improving data collection, developing a digital platform for resources and services, workforce development, crisis services and improving the interface between CAMHS and primary care.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Surveillance System (CAPSS): Report to Faculty AGM 2018
A copy of the CAPSS Report to the Child and adolescent Faculty AGM 2018 is available.
Scientific seminar on child and adolescent psychiatry
On 29 September 2017, a scientific seminar was held in Glasgow to remember and celebrate our colleague, Dr. Anne-Marie Discombe, who died in 2016.
She worked as a Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist in the Adolescent Unit in Glasgow and was highly regarded by patients and colleagues.
- The Importance of multidisciplinary working in CAMHS (PDF) (Dr Graham Bryce)
- Drug Treatment in Child Psychiatry - a recent history (PDF) (Dr Michael Morton)
- The development of CAMHS IPU; Day services in Scotland (PDF) (Robert McCabe)
Survey of the Mental Health of Children and Young People 2016
NatCen Social Research and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) were commissioned by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) to carry out the Survey of the Mental Health of Children and Young People (MHCYP) 2016. Read the report summarising all the responses to their consultation.
Values Based CAMHS - A Summary of the Scottish Journey
If you are a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and would like to raise any issue, please do not hesitate to contact the current Chair or Vice Chair:-
Chair: Dr Elaine Lockhart (email@example.com)
Vice Chair: Dr Justin Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Our Faculty is open to Consultants, Associate Specialists, Staff Grades and Higher Trainees in psychiatry throughout Scotland. We also encourage core trainees and foundation doctors to attend our meetings. We meet two or three times a year to discuss relevant issues.
New Teaching Resource
Please take a look at a new training video which has been developed about men and eating disorders.
ScotFED 2019 Conference resources
- An all age integrated service: How it works in Dorset - Dr Ciaran Newell, Consultant Hurse Eating Disorders / Facilitator Research & Development & Carla Figueiredo, Consultant Psychiatrist.
ScotFED 2018 Conference resources
- Family based training as a model of realistic medicine (PDF) - Charlotte Oakley, Clinical Lead Connect-Eating Disorders, Specialist Children's Services, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
- Patient perspectives on compulsion and treatment of eating disorders (PDF) - Zoe Johnston, Year 5 Medical Student, University of Edinburgh
- Systematic review into the efficacy and acceptability of computerised CBT in the treatment of bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder (PDF) - Alistair Thompson, Psychological Therapist, Cullen Centre Outpatient Team, Royal Edinburgh Hospital
- The impact of social media in triggering and maintaining eating disorders (PDF) - Amritha Sastry, Year 5 Medical Student, University of Aberdeen
Faculty Chair contact details
Dr Stephen Anderson, Consultant Psychiatrist, Eating Disorder Service & Stirling Community Mental Health Service, Livilands Resource Centre, Stirling Community Hospital, Stirling, FK8 2AU
- 01786 458549
- Twitter: @RCPsychEDFac
- Minutes of Meetings
- Reports to RCPsych in Scotland
- Management of Eating Disorders in Scotland – Briefing paper (PDF)
Contact the committee
RCPsychiS Office Contact: Andrew Fraser: Andrew.email@example.com
The John Hamilton Travelling Fellowship 2017
This travelling fellowship is awarded from funds bequeathed by Dr John Hamilton, past Honorary Secretary of the then Forensic Section, and College Fellow.
It is intended to encourage psychiatrists working in the field of forensic psychiatry to broaden their knowledge and experience through travel to recognised forensic centres.
Proposals to visit developing forensic services in order to support, advise and teach will also be considered. Visits are expected to last about two to four weeks and would normally be to centre (s) overseas.
Who can enter?
The fellowship is open to UK higher trainees in Forensic Psychiatry and to consultants in Forensic Psychiatry in the UK in substantive posts.
Regulations and submission instructions can be found on the Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry website.
This guidance is for doctors, mental health officers, approved medical practitioners and other professionals exercising statutory functions under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003.
Building a Framework for Risk Assessment, Management and Evaluation : FRAME
The publication of this paper lays the foundations for a shared, consistent multi agency approach to risk practice. It marks an important milestone in an ambitious initiative on which the Scottish agencies led by the RMA and Scottish Government have embarked.
The Mental Health (Detention in Conditions of Excessive Security) (Scotland) Regulations 2015
Draft regulations setting out the test to determine whether a patient detained in a medium secure hospital / unit in Scotland is being detained in conditions of excessive security are being considered.
New Multi Agency Public Protection Guidance
MSc Forensic Mental HealthThe School of Forensic Mental Health (SoFMH) has developed the first MSc Forensic Mental Health Programme in Scotland.
Further information regarding the course can be found on the or by contacting Deborah Walker, SoFMH Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01555 842212.
Welcome to the General Adult Faculty in Scotland which has a membership of over 700 psychiatrists throughout Scotland.
If you're a General Adult Psychiatrist and would like any issues raised, do feel free to contact the current Chair or Vice Chair:
Chair: Chris Pell (email@example.com)
Vice Chair: Seonaid McCallum (firstname.lastname@example.org) / Amy Macaskill ( email@example.com)
GA Faculty Conference 2020
The Faculty Conference will take place on Wednesday 13 May 2020 at the Apex City Quay Hotel in Dundee. Please see our flyer for more information. We are keen to reconnect and reinvigorate the Faculty and so invite all members to take part in the Annual General Business Meeting during the conference to help drive discussion and ensure our views are represented to the College.
Our membership includes all consultants, Speciality Trainees and Speciality Doctors working in LD in Scotland. We welcome any other junior grades joining our meetings e.g core trainees, Foundation year doctors and GP Trainees.
We have an academic meeting once a year which we endeavour to rotate around the country and anyone interested should contact the Chair or Vice Chair.
Contact detailsChair: Dr Eleanor Brewster
Vice Chair: Dr Jana De Villiers
If you would like to contact the Faculty, please email Andrew Fraser.
2. People with Learning Disabilities and the Scottish Criminal Justice System':
Seven “easy read” guides for people with learning difficulties and their families and carers.
- People with Learning Disabilities and the Scottish Criminal Justice System - Introduction
- Information about the Police
- Information about Prosecution and Defence
- Information about Court
- Information about Criminal Justice Social Work Services
- Information about Prison Services
- Information about health and social work services supporting people with a learning disability
Other useful sites
- Turning Point Scotland
- Key housing
- GMC guidance Tomorrow’s Doctors expects graduates to
understand and accept the legal, moral and ethical responsibilities involved in protecting and promoting the health of individual patients, including vulnerable groups such as people with learning disabilities.
Medical educators and trainers can use the website to highlight the needs of people with a learning disability, as highlighted in Good Medical Practice which applies to all patients.
The Scottish Liaison Psychiatry Faculty Group is the official Scottish Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Faculty of Liaison Psychiatry.
Chair Stephen Potts: Stephen.firstname.lastname@example.org
RCPsychiS Office Contact: Andrew Fraser: Andrew.email@example.com
- Generic all-age services by health providers will damage services and could threaten the quality of care provided to elderly patients
- Alzheimer Scotland - Responding to stress and distress in people with dementia
Scottish Dementia Clinical Research Network
The Scottish Dementia Clinical Research Network (SDCRN) has been set up with the intention of spreading a culture of clinical research in dementia across Scotland and improving recruitment from both urban and rural areas.
Their most current newsletter is now available.
Publication of Care of Older People in Hospital Standards
Healthcare Improvement Scotland have published revised standards for Care of Older People in Hospital.
The standards are available for download and includes the consultation report, with every comment submitted during their consultation along with comments from the project group.
Chair: Dr Adam Daly Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Chair: Dr Vivek Pattan
RCPsychiS Office Contact: Andrew Fraser: Andrew.email@example.com
RCPsych in Scotland Faculty Constitution
Mental health and incapacity organisations
- Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland
- Office of the Public Guardian
- Scottish Commission for Regulation of Care (Care Commission)
- Dementia Services Development Centre
- Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN)
- National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)
- Scotland's Health On the Web
Service user and carer organisations
Membership is open to consultants, associate specialists, staff grades and higher trainees in Psychotherapy throughout Scotland.
Colleagues from other specialties are also welcome to join. In addition, we encourage core trainees and foundation doctors to attend our academic meetings.
Our executive meets three or four times a year to discuss matters of training and education, implications of government policy, developments in the provision of psychotherapy in Scotland and other relevant issues.
Close links are maintained with and the Devolved Council of Scotland and the UK Psychotherapy Faculty of RCPsych.
Current issues under discussion include:
- Resourcing and manpower (including succession planning)
- Management of the HEAT target for access to psychological therapies
- Developments in external trainings – Human Development Scotland and the Institute of Group Analysis.
We hold an academic meeting on an annual basis and this provides a forum for education and debate, but also a place to connect with like minded colleagues.
The meeting is held over two days at a central location.
Psychotherapy Faculty Conference & AGM 2020
This year's event is taking place on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 November 2020 at the Dunkeld House Hotel. The conference theme is "Neural & Social Networks: Psychotherapy in the 21st Century", and we are lucky enough to have Prof. Mark Solms coming to speak! Please check back for further details in due course.
Psychotherapy & Perinatal Joint Faculty Conference 2019
- Transforming perinatal mental health services: what this means for good infant mental health - Dr Roch Cantwell, Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist, Leverndale Hospital; Lead Clinician, Perinatal Mental Health Network Scotland
- Working with Maternal Ambivalence in a Perinatal Mother and Baby Group - Sheila Ritchie, Consultant Group Analyst for Camden & Islington FT; Clinical Lead for Parent-Infant Group Therapy, NELFT Perinatal Parent Infant Mental Health Service
- Taking Parent Infant Psychotherapy to Ordinary Settings: Using Groups to Strengthen Relationships, Now, Not Later - Jessica James, Consultant Parent Infant Psychotherapist & Group Analyst, Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families
Useful links to other organisations
- Human Development Scotland - for information on psychoanalytic training in Scotland.
- The Institute of Group Analysis – at present, only the introductory level of training is available in Scotland.
- The Balint Society – Promotes the Balint group format in health service. Also holds an annual conference (with subsidised places for medical students)
- British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies – Promotes the development of the theory and practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies.
- Scottish Personality Disorder Network – Commissioned and established by the Mental Health Division of the Scottish Executive, the network aims to foster interest in the treatment of personality disorder in Scotland .
Chair: Dr Marina McLoughlin
Phone: 01224 557398
Vice Chair: Dr Lucie Colvin
Phone: 0141 232 9280 (Lansdowne Psychotherapy Service)
Secretary: Dr Adam Polnay
The rehabilitation and community care faculty of RCPsych in Scotland meets three to four times a year.
The section is open to interested consultants, associate specialists, staff grades and higher trainees.
We would also like to encourage interested core trainees to attend our meetings.
- Sharing information
- Peer Support
- Professional development
- Promotion of Rehabilitation and Recovery focussed services
- Case and Journal presentations
Vice Chair: Caroline Mitchell Phone: 01698 540 182 Email: Caroline.Mitchell2@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk
RCPsych in Scotland has a Retired Psychiatrists Group who meet three times a year for informal presentations and lunches.
For information on upcoming meetings, please email Andrew Fraser.
Working retired psychiatrists group
This is a group for those members who are retired from full-time NHS posts but are still working in some capacity. Dr Tom Brown is the elected Chair of this group, and Dr Neill Simpson is Vice-Chair.
The group meet twice a year, providing CPD for the members and keeping them in touch with the work of the College.
If you would like to know more about either Group please email Andrew Fraser.
Any specialty doctor or associate specialist working in psychiatry in Scotland can join the group - there is a one-off joining fee of £30 (payable to SSASPA, please send to Treasurer).
This group has an educational and business meeting (which qualifies for CPD points) once a year, providing an ideal opportunity to share information and ideas relevant to those working in a non-consultant career grade role.
Please contact the chair or RCPsych in Scotland for more information.
Chair: Dr David MacLean, firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Dr Walter Forbes, Royal Cornhill Hospital, Aberdeen, AB25 2ZF, email@example.com
Secretarial support: Mrs Gail Kidd, 01382 647245, firstname.lastname@example.org
RCPsych in Scotland executive committee non-consultant career grade representatives and specialty doctors committee:
RCPsych Affiliates Committee Representative:
Dr Harry Boddy, email@example.com
Meet the groupChair: Dr Rhiannon Pugh
Dr Daniel Bennett
Dr Angela Cogan
Dr Robby Steel
Dr Richard Day
Dr Jackie Pickett
Dr Neil Masson
Dr Rob Embry
Dr Jo Brown
Dr Gordon Barclay
Dr Alasdair Forrest
Dr David Kenicer
Dr Jim Crabb
Dr Jane Murdoch
Dr Vikki Argent
Dr Alan Mackenzie
Dr Cara McDonald
Dr Audrey Morrison
Medical student representatives from the four Student Psychiatry Interest Groups in Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh are also invited to attend.
Secretariat provided by Susan Richardson.
A career in psychiatry
A new recruitment leaflet aimed at school students to promote, and advise about, a career in psychiatry has been published. Available to download here, it is also available in hard copy on request. It has been circulated to all Senior Schools in Scotland, in addition to other career outlets (i.e. Skills Development Scotland).
This group has been active in Scotland for a number of years. Previous achievements include:-
- a book on how to teach psychiatry (published in the Summer of 2011)
- a course on Teaching Skills for Trainee Psychiatrists
- several contributions to The Psychiatrist
- several sessions delivered at Academic Meetings of the College in Scotland.
The composition of the group seeks to be representative of NHS and academic psychiatrists, the psychiatric specialties and the different areas of Scotland, but the main criterion for membership is an interest in teaching and/or recruitment.
It meets in Edinburgh at RCPsych in Scotland's offices three times a year.
Message from Dr Tom Brown
What can I do?
It has always been my view that every single member of the college needs to take responsibility for recruitment.
We need to regard every contact we have with school students, medical students and young doctors as important. In each such contact we are in effect an “advert for psychiatry” either for good or for ill. Specifically, consider doing one or
even all of the following:
1. Make yourself aware of the Student Associate grade and promote it amongst your students.
2. Support your local Psychiatry Society - offer to speak or help them find speakers.
3. Consider supporting your PTC reps to start a Buddy Scheme in your area if none exist. The PTC has guidance on the setting up and running of buddy schemes and will be able to identify trainees happy to take part.
4. Consider providing workplace based experience for school students. The College position statement on providing work experience placements can be found on the College website.
5. Consider running a Psychiatry Student Selected Module.
6. Support the development of Summer and Autumn Schools.
7. Be a Foundation trainer or even provide a Taster.
8. Encourage Foundation doctors to continue to engage with the College and promote the forthcoming FD membership grade.
9. Remember that “every moment counts” in nurturing future psychiatrists, whether they are school students, medical students or Foundation doctors.
As ever we welcome input and suggestions from the membership on what we can do differently. Please feel free to contact me.
Dr Tom Brown
Associate Registrar (Recruitment into Psychiatry)