RCPsych in Scotland webinars

We've been producing webinars in which our experts discuss specific aspects of the pandemic.

Hosted by the College’s Registrar, Dr Trudi Seneviratne, this webinar with reflects on work that the College is undertaking in Wales and Scotland to improve outcomes for patients, by shaping policy and working directly with our membership. This comes ahead of critical elections in both nations, and also features details on how members can get involved in policy activities.

To do that, we have:

  • Aidan Reid and Liz Williams, the policy officers in Scotland and Wales respectively, talk us through the work going on in both nations to enable members to positively influence the legislative agenda.
  • Dr Clementine Maddock, as Vice Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Wales, speaks to what it’s like to engage as a member.
  • As a former minister in the Scottish Government and senior academic, Dr Richard Simpson will speak to what ministers, civil servants and parliamentarians are hoping to get out of engagements with our members.

We hope their perspective can aid your efforts as a member to advocate on behalf of the College.

Our ADHD group discusses Adult ADHD and components of an adult ADHD pathway with reference to clinical management and challenges in these COVID times.

Presentations

  • Background Adult ADHD Scotland – Dr Ishbel McIver
  • Structuring Services for Adult ADHD in Scotland – Dr Marie Boilson
  • Adult ADHD in a Prison Setting – Dr Sheila Howitt
  • Adult ADHD and a digital approach – Dr Prem Shah

The webinar is focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown on vulnerable children and young people, particularly those with ASD.

It features a diverse panel led by our Child and Adolescent Faculty Chair, Elaine Lockhart, alongside representatives from Kindred, Young Scot, ASPEP and the Scottish Association for Community Child Health.

It provides the opportunity for a discussion that can highlight the potential fault lines exposed in the support provided to children and young people, as well on how we can build on new ways of providing support discovered during the past few months.

Presentations

Led by Dr Jane Morris with presentations from the College’s Suicide Prevention Lead, Dr David Hall, and Samaritans Scotland Director, Rachell Cackett, discussions focus on the impact of the pandemic on incidences of suicide.

The efforts underway or in development to support those who are suicidal are discussed, as well as research on the mental health impacts of the pandemic and subsequent lockdown.

An overview of the emergency provisions within the Coronavirus legislation, when this might be enacted and the support the College would provide.

Roger Smyth of NHS Lothian discusses the specific legislative changes, and Arun Chopra of the Mental Welfare Commission speaks about the practical day-to-day impact of processing these changes.