RCPsych eNewsletter

July 2021

Welcome to our eNewsletter for members

In this issue we discuss our relaunch of Mental Health Watch, invite you to become an RCPsych Equality Champion, reveal our new patient information on social prescribing, and talk about what's been happening during South Asian History Month.

The latest from the Devolved Nations

Read the latest news and blog posts from Northern Ireland.

In Scotland, the National Psychiatry School is taking place on Friday 27 August 2021.  Please see our flyer and register your interest now by emailing Susan Richardson. We also have our Old Age and Forensic faculties hosting a joint conference on Friday 27 August. With a number of key topics of relevance to both specialties covered across the day, please visit the event page to register.

Finally, the College is continuing to engage on behalf of members and has met with the new Minister for Mental Wellbeing, Kevin Stewart, to discuss the need for a national mental health workforce plan. If you’d be interested in advocating to your local MPSs on this issue, fill out this form.

Read the latest news and blog posts from Wales.

Other news from around the College

CPD Online System Migration

Later this year we’re migrating our eLearning sites CPD Online (CPDO) and Trainees Online (TrOn) to a new Learning Management System (LMS). The new platform will look and feel more modern, make our content more accessible and enable us to present it in new and exciting ways.

The first phase of migration will launch in summer for those with individual CPDO subscriptions. For those accessing CPDO through their Trusts or who use TrOn, migration will take place later in the year. Please look out for communication from the eLearning team for when you’ll be moved to the new site, and perhaps set some time aside to engage with our new and improved content!

Please contact us with any questions: elearning@rcpsych.ac.uk

The Psychiatrists' Support Service (PSS) provides free, rapid, high quality peer support by telephone to psychiatrists of all grades who may be experiencing personal or work-related difficulties.

Our service is totally confidential and delivered by trained Peer Support Psychiatrists (PSPs). Our PSPs are from diverse backgrounds and have received training in many different areas, to improve their understanding and ability to support all those who call the PSS.

As a service, we are aware that the difficulties faced by doctors vary enormously. We will support you through whatever they may be, including burnout, workplace bullying and discrimination, serious incidents, as well as coping with stress and change. Our support service manager and our PSPs will talk with you in confidence, without stigma or prejudice.

The service can be contacted by phone on 020 8618 4020 or by email at pss@rcpsych.ac.uk.

What did you think of the latest edition of RCPsych Insight? Email us your thoughts to magazine@rcpsych.ac.uk, or post a tweet using the hashtag #RCPsychInsight.

Since the College became a virtual organisation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all meetings have taken place online. The Information Governance Policy and Members’ Privacy Notice have been updated to reflect this change in working patterns, in line with GDPR. Please find below the links to view the documents:

Information Governance Policy

Members privacy notice

In 2019 we were identified as a GMC ‘Early Adopter’ for a credential in Liaison Psychiatry and are currently working with the GMC through this process as they develop their framework for credentials.

To support ongoing work on credentialing, we have developed a new information page, outlining further planned work in this area. We’ve included a form where you can request further information on specific credentials if you’d like to. If you have any queries about credentials and the ongoing work at the College, please contact credentialing@rcpsych.ac.uk.

We’re accepting nominations for Fellowship until 15 September 2021. This is awarded as a mark of distinction and recognition of contribution to psychiatry.

You can apply if you have been a continuous member from 1 January 2011 or before that date.

You should aim to show you’ve made significant contributions to the core purposes of the College:

  • setting standards and promoting excellence in mental health care
  • leading, representing and supporting psychiatrists
  • working with patients, carers and their organisations.

If you’d like to apply please complete a CV, citation form and Good Standing form and email these by 15 September. For the full application process and the forms to complete please see our Applying for Fellowship page.

The College’s Nominations Committee will decide on all applications in the Autumn and you'll be notified of the outcome in November/December. Please send any queries to membership.operations@rcpsych.ac.uk.