RCPsych eNewsletter

December 2020

Welcome to our eNewsletter for members

In this issue we open the voting for the Dean and Treasurer elections, explain how doctors can prepare for the changes coming with Brexi, and provide info about the recently-announced COVID-19 vaccine.

The latest from the Devolved Nations

The College in Scotland has had a very productive month, publishing its manifesto ahead of next year’s Scottish Parliament elections. This document highlighted several key policy priorities for each political party and followed an extensive round of engagement with them.

The digital launch of our Choose Psychiatry Scotland work also took place, alongside a media campaign to highlight psychiatry recruitment issues. Finally, the College also successfully held two online faculty events for our CAP and Psychotherapy members respectively.

We held our joint winter conference with the Welsh Psychiatric Society virtually via Zoom on the 20th November, this looked at a variety of topics ranging from opioid prescription to art and mental health.

Together with NHS Wales we released a Perinatal Digital Resource which  highlights perinatal mental health service provision across health boards, the 3rd sector and key partners.

We responded to consultations on the Welsh Government's code of practice for the delivery of Autism services and the Welsh parliament debates on the perinatal services during COVID-19.

Other news from around the College

A new booklet detailing the vital work that Divisions undertake has been published.

Our eight Divisions play a central role in the delivery of services to the 12,000 members in England. The Divisions support members via core activities which are coordinated locally by each Division’s Executive Committee and staff.

Read our Dynamic Divisions booklet to find out more about the work of our Divisions in England.

PIPSIG's Executive Committee has decided to set up an annual bursary for early-stage psychiatrists to help develop their entrepreneurial passions and activities. This bursary is worth £1000.

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Booking has opened for the Section 12(2) and Approved Clinician online Refresher courses, which will take place throughout February 2021.  The courses are comprised of one eLearning module, hosted on our CPD Online platform which can be completed in your own time.

This is followed by a live webinar with the module authors where you can ask questions and discuss what you have learnt.

Places on each session are limited so we suggest booking early to avoid missing out. You can find out more about our Mental Health Act training courses on our website.

We are delighted to announce the launch of the new Digital Psychiatry Special Interest Group. COVID-19 has brought our interest into the mainstream via Zoom and Teams. In addition to telepsychiatry our SIG will explore how digital technologies can both effect and be used in the treatment of mental health disorders, including the use of Virtual Reality, effects of Social Media, Artificial Intelligence, Gaming and Informatics.

We aim to hold regular seminars, share exciting research and host other events such as a digital  journal club. Please sign up to join the Digital Special Interest Group.

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and give thanks to all the Regional Specialty Representatives, Regional Advisors and Deputies who have this year tirelessly processed and approved over 500 Psychiatrist job descriptions, despite the additional work and personal pressures caused by the pandemic.

The essential work completed by our members and advisors to approve JDs are securing our workforce and keeping up the standards within our profession. 

A huge thank you once again for all of your hard work and support. 

Wishing you season’s greetings and success for 2021.

Best wishes, Dr Trudi Seneviratne, Registrar

For and on behalf of all the College staff and Professional Standards teams.

In case news of this development has not yet reached you by other means, we would like to make you aware that for the 2021 calendar year, all MRCPsych examinations (Paper A, Paper B and CASC) will be run on the same online platforms as those used in the late Summer/Autumn of 2020.

A plethora of information designed to help candidates prepare to sit their exams on these platforms is available on our exams pages, including demos of both platforms (written papers and CASC).

As always, the examinations unit remains available to contact at examinations@rcpsych.ac.uk should any trainees require clarification on these details.

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.

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We need your help to understand bed availability in mental health/learning disability providers across the UK, given that inappropriate out of area placements are rising. The deadline for you to complete our short survey has been extended to give you a further chance to provide us with your perspective on this important issue.

Please complete this 3 minute survey by 4 January.