RCPsych eNewsletter December 2019

In her final blog of 2019, Wendy reviews whether she’s achieved the resolutions she made at the start of the year.

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Voting is now open for our next President, and positions on Faculties, Devolved Councils, Division Executives, SIGs, and the Psychiatric Trainee Committee.

Presidential election

Faculty, Devolved Council, Division, SIG and PTC elections

Local areas are developing ‘Integrated Care Systems’. The College has published guidance for health and care leaders to make sure mental health is a priority.

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Over 600 young people attended our annual young people’s debate in London yesterday – it was one of our best ever.

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The College was celebrating this week after our annual Congress 2019 won Best Conference Development at the Association Awards UK.

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We’re reviewing all ten psychiatry curricula in line with the GMC’s two stage curricula approval process – we want to hear what trainees and trainers think of our plans.

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The Psychiatrists’ Support Service helps our members throughout the year – now they would like your help – please complete their short feedback form.

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The College would like to welcome the new edition of the ‘Core Collection of Mental Health Books’, which has just been published by Tomlinsons.

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Write an original article on a psychiatric topic aimed at the general public and you could win £1,000.

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We’re drawing up a campaign to recruit more Physician Associates and a first step is surveying PAs – please tell your Physician Associates about the surveys.

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RCPsych in Northern Ireland

Read the Chair’s Activity Log.

RCPsych in Scotland

RCPsych in Scotland hosted the Old Age and Child & Adolescent Faculty Conferences in November, which were hugely successful with super turnouts.  We now look towards the Winter Meeting & President’s Lecture taking place at the end of January 2020 in Edinburgh.  It’s been another busy year for the College in Scotland, and both, the Officer’s and team would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members who have worked with us throughout the year and to all, for a very merry festive period.

RCPsych in Wales

We've welcomed Annie Fabian as our new, and first Wales Coordinator. We've also been successful in securing commissioned work into setting standards for prison mental health in Wales  

We've successfully held our Annual Winter meeting with the Welsh Psychiatric Society, a Joint education conference with Welsh Government and our Old Age Faculty conference. You can find out further information on recent work in the RCPsych Wales Autumn Newsletter

RCPsych Publishing updates

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

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EBMH: Call for papers

Evidence-Based Mental Health is delighted to announce a forthcoming special issue about data science for mental health in February 2020. It will be guest edited by Anne Duffy (Queen’s University, Canada), Maria Faurholt-Jepsen (Copenhagen) and Michael Ostacher (Stanford).  Find out more, including how to submit your article to the issue.

BJPsych Advances: Submissions invited

BJPsych Advances, RCPsych's peer-reviewed CPD journal for consultant psychiatrists, invites clinical experts to submit proposals for Articles, Clinical Reflections and Refreshments in the following areas:

  • Perinatal
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Eating disorders

Articles typically discuss comprehensive, practical approaches to clinical problems and explain the full range of therapeutic options, with useful features like MCQs, summary boxes, and associated commentaries. Read further information about the journal and all article types.

To submit a proposal to the journal (including a summary of approximately 150 words), please email: bjpadvances@rcpsych.ac.uk

Library updates

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.

Recommend a new journal for the College Library

The College is currently reviewing the journals it provides access to for members via the Library.

You have access to a huge number of journals via our databases, PsychINFO, Medline AND Embase. On top of that the College specifically selects over 40 crucial journals based on recommendations from members including:

  • Lancet Psychiatry
  • American Journal of Psychiatry
  • Journal of Intellectual Disability
  • Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry

See the full list of journals (PDF).

We would love to hear any recommendations you have that would help you in your practice.

If you are particularly interested in shaping the services the College Library provides to members, you can volunteer to join the Library Committee, who review suggestions and decide which to buy.

Get in touch at infoservices@rcpsych.ac.uk

CPD Online

The time- and cost-effective route to CPD: have you started your online journey?

CPD Online offers a selection of free modules for those without a paid subscription. You can log in to the free modules straight away using the same username and password with which you access the members' area of the College website.

Keep up to date with the latest CPDO eNewsletter.

The Psychiatrist 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

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

RCPsych Insight

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.

Proposed RCPsych Curriculum Framework – Have your say!

We are currently reviewing our Core and Specialty Curricula, and have developed a proposed curriculum framework. We are looking for comment on this framework by 31 December.

Please use our online survey form to submit your views!

For further information on our curricula review, visit our review webpages.

College Assessors to represent the College on NHS Advisory Appointment Committees (AACs)

The College is looking to recruit and train additional College Assessors to represent the College on NHS Advisory Appointment Committees (AACs). We are currently organising a College Assessor training day for the following date in the new year:

  • Thursday 9 January 2020 at The Royal College of Psychiatrists, London from 9:30am-1:30pm.
  • Further dates and locations in 2020 to be confirmed soon.

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International Medical Graduates Conference - Friday 17 January 2020, RCPsych

This conference is an opportunity for all members of the psychiatric workforce, in particular International Medical Graduates, WAST trainees and trainers to share good practice and explore and celebrate diversity in the psychiatric workforce.

Keynote speakers include Dr Ian Hall, Dr Kate Lovett, Professor Femi Oyebode FRCPsych and Dr Lade Smith OBE.

We have a few travel bursaries of £50 or £100 to help you attend – book your place and claim a travel bursary.

Neuroscience Project

The 2020 RCPsych Neuroscience Spring Conference takes place in London on 13 March. This year we focus on ‘translation’, the critical step in bringing advances in research into the clinic to benefit patients.

Leading experts from across the UK will review progress in a broad range of areas, from neurodevelopmental disorders to neurodegeneration, perinatal psychosis and OCD.

This unmissable event will be an engaging update for consultants, trainees and others interested in keeping up with neuroscience research and discussing its relevance and impact on their clinical practice. For more information, please contact Sarah Morrissey.

Read the commentary in  this month's BJPsych Kaleidoscope column and take this month's quiz.

Last month's quiz answers can be now be found in the  November Kaleidoscope column.

Read the full December 2019 Kaleidoscope column in BJPsych.

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