RCPsych eNewsletter

July 2022

Welcome to our eNewsletter for members

In this issue we invite you to our upcoming Extraordinary General Meeting, reveal our latest gender pay gap information, and discuss our joint call to the government, alongside other Royal Colleges, to prioritise health and social care in the Conservatives' leadership election.

Training update

On Monday we’re launching new curricula for core and higher traineesAll trainees will be training under the new curricula by August 2024.

New Fellows

The College held the third of three special events for new RCPsych Fellows earlier this month. These ceremonies honour the amazing contributions of our senior members, from around the world, to the field of psychiatry.

News from the Devolved Nations

RCPsych Wales recently held its first summer school for sixth formers, this was in partnership with the Senedd and with TEC Cymru.

The pilot event saw five 6th form students with an interest in psychiatry, or other mental health related careers, receive two days' worth of presentations and workshops, giving them an insight into working in the mental health sector.

We also held a half day conference looking at the transitions from Child to Adult services. The event saw speakers from a variety of sectors, including charities and clinicians giving talks on how to improve the transition between services.

Read more latest news and blog posts from Wales.

Read the latest news and blog posts from Northern Ireland.

Read the latest news and blog posts from Scotland.

Other news from around the College

Read the latest RCPsych Publishing update from Cambridge University Press.

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 tweet us using the hashtag #RCPsychInsight.

The Quality Network for Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Teams (QN-CRHTT) is pleased to publish the 5th edition of standards.

QN-CRHTT was established in 2012 to support the quality improvement of crisis resolution and home treatment teams in the UK. These standards have been developed from recommendations in key literature, research, and in consultation with a range of stakeholders. This edition has seen the inclusion of new standards for the crisis line response, children and young people and older people.

The Psychiatric Liaison Accreditation Network (PLAN) team are very pleased to have published the network’s third national report.

The report includes data collected from peer-reviews of liaison psychiatry services which took place between 2018-2020, using the fifth edition of PLAN standards.

The report contains themes for liaison psychiatry services including areas of achievement and good practice, as well as areas of improvement, and recommendations. The report also contains overall contextual information amongst services, executive summaries, patient, carer and staff feedback, and a focus on high-risk assessment rooms. We would like to thank all of the teams involved for your work and ongoing commitment to quality improvement. 

Visit our publications page to download the report

The Public Mental Health Implementation Centre (PMHIC) have started a monthly blog series, entitled 'Perspectives on public mental health', which aims to highlight the voices of practitioners, patients, carers, and public health experts.

In their first blog post, Abiola Awojobi-Johnson shares her personal perspective on being a carer and the importance of diversity and representation in mental health care, titled the colour of counselling.

South west CT1 welcome event – 27 September 2022

27 September 2022, 3pm-4pm, virtual

This webinar will complement the national RCPsych and local Deanery welcome events and aims to introduce newly appointed core trainees to the Division and advise on how to get the most out of training in the south west.

There will be a range of speakers along with divisional Trainee Representatives Dr Persephone Taylor, Dr Zoë Gray and Dr Simon Corke. There will also be time for questions related to training in the south west to be answered on the day.

This is a free event. Please fill in a registration form and contact the Division office on 01761 463 979 to register your place.

South West Autumn Biannual Meeting: ‘Women and mental health’ – 11 November 2022

Dr Dheeraj Rai and Dr Elizabeth Ewins are putting together an exciting programme on the theme of ‘Women and mental health’ for the SW Autumn Biannual Meeting, which will be held in-person at a venue in Bristol. The day will also include a breakout networking and opportunities session that is specifically aimed at trainees.

You can find more information and book online on the South West upcoming events page.

South west retired doctors event – 2 December 2022

2 December 2022, 10am-4pm, virtual

The South West Division would like to invite you to our next event for retired doctors which is a one-day virtual meeting via Teams. The topic will reflect mainstream needs of psychiatrists and there will be a short update on revalidation. There will also be an opportunity to network with colleagues, hear member experiences and share advice.

This is a free event. Please fill in a registration form and contact the Division office on 01761 463 979 to secure your place.

The CPD submissions team have created a new video guide to help our College members navigate our CPD submissions programme. You'll need to be a College member to access the guide.

It contains all the steps from first registration to final submission and downloading of your certificate.

Read more to receive further information regarding a career in psychiatry