RCPsych eNewsletter

April 2020

A message from Wendy

We’re now fully in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic and here at the College we’re working intensely hard to provide you with the information and support you need.

Many of you are working in the front line, and we appreciate more than you know the effort, commitment and sacrifice you’re putting in during these incredibly challenging times.

This email provides you with information to support you as individuals, your teams, and the mental health services you work for. And it tells you about new COVID-19 resources for your patients.

It updates you on activities which we’ve had to find new ways of delivering. And it tells you about College activities which are still happening, including the Registrar elections and the RCPsych awards. 

I hope that you can find a moment to read about these things. 

Stay safe, and please let me know if there’s more we can do to help.
Prof Wendy Burn, President, RCPsych.

The latest from the Devolved Nations

March 2020

We responded to the Independent Inquiry into Tayside Mental Health Services final report, which heavily referenced the evidence we provided.

Our MHA review oversight group has begun drafting a response to the Mental Health Law review call for evidence.

Gartnavel Royal Hospital received the first ever CCQI Quality Network for Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit accreditation in recognition of its care of acutely mentally ill patients and demonstrating best practice and excellence in care.

Our Liaison and Addictions Faculty Conferences have taken place, which included key stakeholders’ presentations such as Professor Catriona Matheson, chair of the Scottish Government Drugs Death Taskforce.

Other news from around the College

Access to RCPsych Journals 

Did you know you can use your RCPsych member log in details to access BJPsych and BJPsych Advances? Click 'log in' from the journal website, select 'RCPsych' from the Society drop down menu, and enter the same username and password that you use to gain access to 'My RCPsych' on the College website.

Read the full instructions, and note BJPsych BulletinBJPsych International, and BJPsych Open are freely accessible online. 

Keep up-to-date with the latest content 

To receive emailed Table of Content and article alerts,  simply complete this form. Members may opt out of journal communications at any time. 

New BJPsych Themed Issue: WPA Collaboration on Disasters and Trauma

Natural disasters, war and racial or religious persecution bring major challenges to the mental health of those who have to flee their homelands and to those who suffer brutal violations of fundamental human rights. 

The British Journal of Psychiatry (BJPsych) has collaborated with the World Psychiatric Association to examine the mental health aspects of disasters and trauma, aiming to strengthen the contribution of psychiatrists to reduce distress, illness and suicidal behaviour among vulnerable populations.

Read the issue for free

Submit your research for the next Themed Issue on Neurodevelopmental Conditions

Working with BJPsych

BJPsych Bulletin is looking for a Visual Images Editor to be responsible for the journal issue covers. Closing date: 27 April 2020. Details available via Posts for Members.

BJPsych International is looking for a Trainee Editor to be responsible for the Global Echoes section and promote submissions to the journal from medical students and psychiatry trainees worldwide. Closing date: 31 May 2020.  Details available via Posts for Members.

New journals for the College library

You now have access to two new journals online through the RCPsych Library! The College has just bought access to Academic Psychiatry and Molecular Psychiatry. You can access these from wherever you are with your RCPsych OpenAthens account via our library page.

If you don’t have an OpenAthens account, they are very quick to set up! Drop us an email or give us call infoservices@rcpsych.ac.uk / 02037012547.

Suggest a book 

Is there a particular book we don't have that would make a useful addition to the library? Do you degree think we need more copies of an important textbook? The Library welcomes suggestions from members for library stock. Members can send us an email at infoservices@rcpsych.ac.uk or give us a call on 020 3701 2761 / 020 3701 2520. These can be for books, journals or online resources. 

Items suggested will be carefully considered but not all necessarily obtained 

Please always check the library catalogue before making a suggestion. 

Psychiatrists experiencing personal or professional difficulties can access free, confidential support - call on 020 7245 0412.

The Psychiatrists’ Support Service wants your feedback!

The Psychiatrists' Support Service has been running now for over 10 years and we would like to ask our College members for some feedback. We would appreciate if you could complete our brief survey.

RCPsych Insight is our quarterly magazine, packed with news and opinions from psychiatrists across the UK.

Feedback wanted

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 following College Reports have been published since the February Newsletter:

CR226: Treatment of adults with Mild Intellectual Disability

This College Report provides advice on how to ensure those adults with Mild Intellectual Disability, who often do not reach the threshold for specialist services receive the most effective care possible.

Download CR226

CR227: Detainees with substance use disorders in police custody: Guidelines for clinical management (5th edition)

This College Report provides updated evidence and advice on how to ensure that detainees with substance use disorders in police custody receive the optimum care for their needs.

Download CR227

Quality improvement (QI) can provide a systematic approach to tackling problems and implementing changes that will lead to better patient outcomes, working environments and professional development. Are you a trainee interested in learning more about QI? Or a trainer wanting help to support trainees using QI?

The College’s QI Committee and Psychiatric Trainees Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists have produced a new introductory guide to help you do this. The guide includes an introduction to QI, FAQs, tips for starting a project and trainees’ stories about their experience of using QI.

In light of the current situation with COVID-19, the GMC have postponed CAG applications by two months. This will mean that curricula applications due to be submitted this month will now be submitted in June.

The Curricula Revision Working Group and wider curricula team are continuing to work on the curricula, and will update you on progress in due course.

In the meantime, please view our curricula review project pages for further information. Please send any queries on the curricula project to curricula@rcpsych.ac.uk.

This award is open to all medical students who are passionate about psychiatry and mental health. Psych Stars will receive a mentor, access to CPD Online and TrOn (Trainees Online), a personal fund and attendance at International Congress 2021.

Deadline for applications is 09:00 (GMT) on Monday 20 April.

Apply now

If you have any queries, please contact careers@rcpsych.ac.uk.

We have updated our contact details for out of programme (OOP) applications and queries. Please send any correspondence regarding OOP applications or queries to qualityassurance@rcpsych.ac.uk.

Find out more about time out of training

A team of researchers from UCL and the University of York are conducting the first UK survey of interventions for children and caregivers with or at risk of attachment problems. The survey aims to find out about current face-to-face attachment interventions, and will support the evidence base for important attachment interventions. The survey takes no more than 20 minutes, is anonymous, and will help build a picture of attachment intervention provision in the UK.

Find out more and complete the survey

You can also follow us and share content from @Attachment2020 on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

We are interested in how clinicians conceptualise cases and how this shapes the treatment choices we make. We are hoping to compare the treatment decisions made by clinicians in the UK with those in the USA.

Total participation time is no more than 4-5 minutes and you can enter an optional prize draw for a £100 voucher OR donate this money to a charity of your choice.

If you are interested, you will just have to follow this link, read a vignette, and answer some questions about it.