RCPsych eNewsletter

March 2021

Welcome to our eNewsletter for members

In this issue we discuss the impending deadline for early bird registration for this year's Congress, our first ever survey for all RCPsych Members, and our new position statement on social prescribing.

The latest from the Devolved Nations

Read the latest news and blog posts from Northern Ireland.

Read the latest news and blog posts from Scotland.

Prof Alka Ahuja’s mural was unveiled in Cardiff. Together with a promotional video, this is part of a project with Amazon Handmade #TheArtofMotherhood recognising her work in response to the pandemic.

For International Women’s Day we teamed up with presenter Jess Davies to produce a video entitled ‘Choose to Challenge’ which discusses stereotypes and misconceptions of women.

We recorded ‘Illustrating the Mind’, a session with Dr Rhys Bevan Jones and Cerys Knighton discussing their research and how art can reflect mental health.

We joined 30 other organisations across health, social care and housing in calling for action over health inequalities.

Read more news and blog posts from Wales.

Other news from around the College

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.

Following review by the MRCPsych Examinations Sub-Committee and consultation with the PTC and GMC, the decision has been taken to reduce the amount of whole time equivalent post foundation/internship experience in psychiatry required of a trainee prior to them sitting the CASC from 24 to 23 months.

This change is designed to ensure those entering training in the months of February and August have the same number of opportunities to sit the CASC. The Examinations (examinations@rcpsych.ac.uk) and Training and Workforce (specialtytraining@rcpsych.ac.uk) teams would be happy to hear from you should you have any questions on this matter.

CPD Online has recently published three new modules: Prevent strategy: safeguarding freedom of expression and preventing stigma, Safeguarding children: ensuring safe practice in general adult psychiatry settings and Station writing for the MRCPsych CASC exam.

The Examinations team is looking for volunteers to author high-quality CASC stations that maintain the reliability, and increase validity, of the exam. Consequently, Dr Geoff Lawrence-Smith has authored this free-to-access module in order to facilitate understanding of the principles and pitfalls of writing CASC stations and enable you to confidently submit a station of your own.