RCPsych eNewsletter December 2018

In her final blog of an amazing 2018, Wendy reflects on the last year and sets out her resolutions for 2019.

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As well as launching a new website the College has been using social media to reach out to the world. Are you following us on every channel?

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Lots of you like the new site. Some of you prefer the old site. And we’ve had to fix lots of links from google. Find out about the new site’s first month.

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What did the College have to say after the Mental Health Act Review final report was published?

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Daniel Maughan, our Associate Registrar on Sustainability, looks at what’s happened since the 2008 Climate Change Act and how the College can help in the future.

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Find out who won the College’s 2018 Christmas card competition, and see the winning design.

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Dr Emma Hogan from the Sussex Partnership Trust is one of two College Parliamentary scholars. 

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Help us gauge how psychiatrists feel about areas like service access, funding and care quality. 

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Please check the website regularly for current posts.

Vacancies include:

RCPsych MTI Scheme

We are pleased to announce that applications for doctors for the 2019 RCPsych Medical Training Initiative are now open. The MTI scheme enables a small number of International Psychiatry Graduates to enter the UK to experience training in the NHS for up to two years, before returning to their home country. Applications close on 3 February 2019.

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

SAS Doctor Advisor/Committee Member for the Psychiatrists’ Support Service

Applications are invited for the post of SAS doctor advisor for the Psychiatrists’ Support Service Committee.

This voluntary post is most suitable for an empathic SAS doctor who understands the range of issues affecting psychiatrists and who will be able to offer appropriate signposting, advice and support to their colleagues.

Read the full job description and see details on how to apply.

CASC Examination Panel

The College wishes to appoint Consultants to join the CASC panel. We are looking for members from all psychiatric specialties but have a particular interest in recruiting from the following faculties:

  • Addictions
  • Eating Disorders
  • Medical Psychotherapy
  • Neuropsychiatry

The position will appeal to those who have both the experience and an interest in postgraduate medical education and assessment processes, together with a commitment to ensuring the College assessment methods meet the highest standards.

All roles are voluntary and the deadline for completed applications is 5pm on Thursday 20th December 2018.

Find out more details and read the full job spec.

Save the date! ‘The cannabis revolution: implications for psychiatry’ a lecture by Professor David Nutt,  Wednesday 23 January 2019 | RCPsych London

PTC Supported and Valued 24-25 January 2019 | Manchester

Transcultural SIG Special Interest Group Annual Meeting, 18 February 2019 | RCPsych London

Better Data, Better Care: Understanding & using data for quality improvement, 22 February 2019 | RCPsych London

Advances in Clinical Practice for Older People with Substance Misuse, 28 Feb -1 March 2019 | RCPsych London

CBT in Practice Series

  • Introduction to CBT, 12 March 2019 | RCPsych London
  • Managing Depression Course, 24 April 2019| RCPsych London
  • Managing Anxiety, 23 May 2019 | RCPsych London

Faculty of Medical Psychotherapy Annual Conference, 10-12 April 2019 | RCPsych London

5th Update on acute medical and surgical emergencies for psychiatrists, 16 April 2019 |RCPsych London

Faculty of Liaison Psychiatry Annual Conference, 15-17 May 2019 | RCPsych London

RCPsych International Congress, 1-4 July 2019 | London

You can find a list of all College events on the our website.

Celebrating achievements of evidence-based child and adolescent mental health

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Evidence-Based Mental Health has devoted a special issue to child and adolescent mental health, acknowledging its crucial role in mental health. Through a series of reviews, renowned experts in the field provide a critical overview of the major advances in key areas of child and adolescent psychiatry over the past 20 years and highlight future research priorities. The issue also includes original research papers and a ‘debate’ section discussing the concept of ‘ultra-high risk’ or ‘clinical high-risk’ for ‘transition’ to psychosis.

Read the latest issue.

RCPsych members have full access to EBMH via the ‘My RCPsych’ homepage.

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.

See here for full instructions, and note BJPsych Bulletin, BJPsych International, and BJPsych Open are freely accessible online.

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Suggest a book

Is there a particular book we don't have that would make a useful addition to the library? Do you 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 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.

See the latest from CPD Online.

Psychiatrists experiencing personal or professional difficulties can access free, confidential support - call on 020 7245 0412 or view the PSS section for more options.

Check out the latest edition of RCPscyh Insight as well as other editions.

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.

Is there such a thing as group or collective intelligence, and does love actually change how things feel? Both topics are discussed in this month's Kaleidoscope

RCPsych International Congress 2019

International Congress, 1-4 July 2019, London:  the International Congress is now open for bookings.  This year’s event sold out and many were unable to secure their bookings on time. Make sure you don’t miss out in 2019 and book your place now.

QI: Reducing Restrictive Practice

The National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH) launched the Reducing Restrictive Practice collaborative on the 23rd November 2018. The aim of the program is to reduce restrictive practice (measured by number of restraints, seclusions and rapid tranquilisations) by a third in the wards that have been selected to take part.

As part of the program, we created tools and resources with experts on restrictive practice. These resources are publicly available on www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mhsip so that wards not taking part in the collaborative can also draw upon the knowledge and ideas.

If you have any questions, please email safetyimprovement@rcpsych.ac.uk.

College Reports

Our Policy and Campaigns team leads the College's work to improve mental health care through work with partner organisations – including the Mental Health Policy Group – and government.

Here are two new reports recently released:

Primary Mental Health Resource

The College recently contributed to Healthy London's Primary Care Mental Health resource. This guidance is for commissioners and providers to use when developing and delivering better services, and highlights a number of lessons learned about what is required to make services both successful and sustainable.

The guidance is an informative and practical aid to local and strategic planning and, with the accompanying economic evaluation, gives primary care and mental health commissioners all of the reference points they need to develop and sustain effective mental health care closer to home.

Are you interested in the human side of medicine?

Join us at the Medical Student Psychotherapy Schemes Symposium for an exciting day exploring Balint groups and Psychotherapy schemes established since 2014.  Meet colleagues who share your enthusiasm for working with patients and share your experiences in a group of like-minded individuals.

The symposium is open to everyone. Medical students, foundation doctors, core trainees, higher trainees, consultant psychiatrists, GPs, psychotherapists and psychologists are all invited to attend.

Find out who will be speaking and how to book your place now. Places are limited, hurry!

RCPsych Nominations

The Online Voting for Faculty, Division, PTC and Board of Trustee elections is open from 13th December until noon on 10th January. All eligible PMPTs, Members, Fellows and Specialist Associates will receive links to vote by email. If you have not received the voting email, please contact elections@rcpsych.ac.uk.

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