RCPsych eNewsletter

January 2021

Welcome to our eNewsletter for members

In this issue we discuss the impending deadline for the Clinical Excellence Awards, the latest on the COVID-19 vaccine, the Mental Health Act and much more.

The latest from the Devolved Nations

The College in Scotland has started the new year as busy as the last, publishing its building on its manifesto launch with engagement with Scottish Government across a range of issues, including quality standards and transitions. Its events calendar is also being finalised for the year, with a range of cross-faculty online offerings to be delivered.

Find out more on our main Scotland pages

We worked with presenter and influencer Jess Davies to create a series of videos discussing young adults’ mental health. The first of the four weekly instalments sees Jess and three others talk about loneliness, a topic which is particularly timely.

Over the New Year, the New Year Honours list was released and we are delighted that Professor Alka Ahuja has been awarded an MBE for her services to the NHS during the pandemic.

We welcomed the report into the impact of Covid from the Welsh Parliament. Dr Clementine Maddocks evidence was widely referenced, informing the reports recommendations, whilst there was further accompanying media coverage.

Other news from around the College

RCPsych Publishing Highlights January 2021

Find out what's new in our journals and books.

Global Echoes Call for Papers

Are you a junior doctor or a medical student with an interest in psychiatry? Do you have experiences, reflections, challenges, or projects you would like to share with the global mental health community? We’d like to invite you to submit your manuscript to the Global Echoes section of BJPsych International.

If you're interested, please email BJPInternational@rcpsych.ac.uk and we’ll forward your comments to the Global Echoes Trainee Editors.



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Earlier this month Professor Subodh Dave and Professor John Crichton were elected as our new Dean and Treasurer respectively. You can read what they had to say about the result in our article.

A range of other elections were held for positions on Division, Faculty and Special Interest Group executive committees and the Psychiatric Trainee Committee. Voting turnout in this year’s elections was substantially higher than equivalent elections held 12 months ago.

To see all the winning candidates, the full list of candidates who entered each election, and voter turnout figures, see the 2021 election results.

Elected candidates begin their terms of office at the College's AGM in June.

Given the continued uncertainty surrounding the return to face to face events, the Officers have taken the decision to extend the policy of online-only events until at least 1 October 2021.

A decision regarding the remainder of the year will be taken in the Spring.

We are looking to appoint CASC Examiners. This is a voluntary position and an excellent opportunity to contribute to standard-setting in psychiatry, and further, develop your teaching and training skills. Our new examiners will be expected to attend a Training and Assessment day as well as the CASC exam in May this year.

The applications are now open and will close on 8 February 2021. We appreciate that the timing of this recruitment coincides with a challenging time for our members or anyone in clinical practice. Your involvement will mean an enhanced capacity for our exams which in turn will enable our trainees to progress in their careers.

Please apply on the Exams section of the College website. For any queries, please contact examinations@rcpsych.ac.uk.

Professor Linda Gask, the College Presidential lead for Primary Care and Community Assets, is looking to connect with members (consultants, SAS doctors and trainees) who are:

  • Working as ‘Primary Care Psychiatrists’
  • About to move into such roles, perhaps as part of community transformation efforts
  • Working in close liaison with primary care services and practices regardless of speciality (for example some in liaison and old age posts are already doing this kind of work)

Linda is aiming to create a network, with occasional virtual meetings, which can provide mutual support, information and opportunities for sharing advice and good practice around working in primary care. The project will involve working with experts across the College and will also link in with the RCGP. Please contact her directly at linda.Gask@manchester.ac.uk if you are interested or would like to know more.

If you’re a final year medical student starting foundation training in 2021, apply now for a two-year Psychiatry foundation Fellowship. It provides an unrivalled opportunity and a range of benefits for any medical students interested in mental health, such as attendance at International Congress, mentoring, and a travel and CPD fund.

Deadline: 11:45pm GMT on Sunday 31 January 2021

Find out more

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications from doctors who want to join the 2021 RCPsych Medical Training Initiative. The MTI scheme enables a small number of trainee psychiatrists from outside the EU to enter the UK to experience training in the NHS for up to two years, before returning to their home country. Applications from doctors must be received by 8 March 2021.

Please see the MTI page on our website for all the information and documents required to apply.

The College’s examinations unit would like to inform relevant parties that three out of the four MRCPsych Paper A and B dates for this calendar year are shifting slightly as follows:

  • March 24 instead of March 23 (Paper B)
  • June 22 instead of  June 15 (Paper A)
  • December 8 instead of December 7 (Paper A)

October 5 [Paper B] remains as is.

All application dates remain unchanged.

Read the full examinations calendar