RCPsych eNewsletter

August 2022

Welcome to our eNewsletter for members

In this month's issue we hear about how College-led news has made the headlines, invite you to submit evidence for the draft Mental Health Bill, and tell you how to contribute to the programme for next year's International Congress.

Dame Fiona Caldicott Memorial

A memorial service for Dame Fiona Caldicott – former RCPsych President and Principal of Somerville College – will take place on 17 September in Oxford. Members of the College are invited to attend.

Other news from around the College

John Russell, Associate Dean for Curricula says of the implementation of the new curricula from the beginning of August:

“The changes we have made will put the new curricula at the heart of psychiatry training. I’m excited to see our vision being realised.”

Learn more about these changes on the Curricula implementation hub

This prize was established to promote interest and encourage excellence in and international psychiatry. Entrants are invited to submit an original essay of their choice and could win a £200 gift voucher. Deadline is 25 September.

Find out more about VIPSIG prizes

A new report by the National Audit of Dementia reports on increased waiting times to initial assessment and diagnosis of dementia in community-based memory services, within the context of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Find out more about the report

The College is hosting its Quality Improvement Annual conference this year on Tuesday 11 October 2022. The keynote speaker for the plenary session, entitled ‘The role of psychological safety in supporting improvement work’, is Simon Tulloch from the Danish Society for Patient Safety.

Find out more and register for the conference

The formal registration period for Wave 2 of the Advancing Mental Health Equality Collaborative closes on 9 September. If you wish to get in touch or have any questions, please email amhe@rcpsych.ac.uk.

Find out more about the Collaborative and how to register

The Sri Lanka Psychiatrists Association (UK) has been fundraising for emergency shipments of medication for psychiatric services. They have now managed to buy one month’s worth of clozapine to hold over services until better pathways are found.

Contribute to their efforts via their crowdfunding site

The Psychiatric Liaison Accreditation Network (PLAN) are pleased to announce the publication of the 7th edition of standards for best practice in liaison psychiatry standards.

View the PLAN standards

Read more to receive further information regarding a career in psychiatry