RCPsych eNewsletter

February 2020

Welcome to our monthly eNewsletter

This month we're covering International Women's Day, the opening of Fellowship nominations, the College's new greener investment policy and much more.

The latest from the Devolved Nations

RCPsych in Scotland has just hosted the President’s lecture during a successful 2020 Winter Meeting that focussed on cannabinoids, novel psychoactive substances and Mental Health.  

We responded to the call for evidence of the Forensic Mental Health Service review in Scotland and to the Independent Inquiry into Tayside Mental Health Services, which utilised the considerable evidence provided by the College.

We are working with Scottish Government International Recruitment unit and NES on our Choose Psychiatry Scotland campaign, following our receival of nearly £50,000 for the campaign by NES.

Other news from around the College

Self-harming patients are being let down because many of them are not receiving an assessment that’s proven to reduce repeated self harm.

Last week the College called for every acute hospital to provide NICE recommended psychosocial assessments and for closer working between hospitals and community mental health teams after treatment. 

Our call came days after Love Island presenter, Caroline Flack, died by suicide and follows huge increases in the numbers of self-harming under-30s.

Research has found that many self-harming patients do not receive the assessment, even though it halves the rate of repeating self-harm, with a Select Committee report on suicide prevention saying that it is unacceptable that so few patients presenting at emergency departments for self-harm are receiving a psychosocial assessment1.

The College is also calling for all frontline staff who may come into contact with a patient who has self-harmed, or is feeling suicidal, to be trained in writing a Safety Plan with the patient to lessen the risk of suicide and repeating self-harm.

Dr Huw Stone, chair of the Patient’s Safety Group at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: “Self-harming patients are being let down because many of them are not receiving an assessment that is proven to dramatically reduce repeating self-harm.

“With hospital admissions for self-harming under-30s more than doubling in the last 10 years, there has never been a more important time to ensure patients are getting the care that they need. 

“The College believe that every person who has self-harmed or is having suicidal thoughts should have a Safety Plan written by them with their health professional, as the Plans are shown to lessen the risk of suicide.”

A Safety Plan is written with the patient and is an agreed set of activities to support them, strategies to instil hope, and people and organisations to contact for social and crisis support if someone becomes suicidal. It should also include explicit reference to removal or lessening of means of suicide or self‑harm.

Read more - see the College's news release in full

Join us in Edinburgh this summer for our award winning International Congress focusing on a global vision for mental health, with a number of world renown speakers.

The programme will showcase latest research and clinical practice, including neuropsychiatry, genetic disorders, trauma, suicide and resilience, psychotherapy practice and the US perspective, humanitarian psychiatry in conflict and disaster zones, sustainable and scalable mental health services, bipolar disorders, neuromodulation, and much more.

Register before the 28 February to take advantage of the discounted early bird rates.

Please have a quick browse of the full programme to fully appreciate the breadth and strength of what is on offer.

We look forward to welcoming you to Edinburgh.

Contact congress@rcpsych.ac.uk with any queries.

For all exams you must bring official photo identification (ID): Passport or Driver’s License. We no longer accept Hospital IDs.

Electronic/scanned or photocopy ID will also not be accepted. Candidates who do not bring appropriate ID in accordance with these Regulations will not be permitted to sit the examination.

If you have any reason why you cannot bring the original of any of these documents to the examination venue [or your ID document has recently expired], please contact the Head Examinations Operations once you have received notification of being entered to sit the examination, and in any event in advance of the examination date.  Exemptions from the requirement to bring original photo ID will only be granted in exceptional circumstances, [for example theft on production of a police crime report] and alternative requirements will be specified with which candidates must comply. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in the candidate not being permitted to sit the examination.

Originally established by The Society in 1958, in collaboration with the Royal College of Physicians, London, the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and, since 2018, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, the Combined Royal Colleges Medal is awarded for an outstanding contribution to the advancement and/or application of medical photography or the wider field of medical imaging.

Read about the process

Deadline for nominations: 23 February 2020

The RCPsych’s annual Neuroscience Spring Conference is fast approaching. An essential update to your neuroscience knowledge! Outstanding speakers will present clinically-relevant research on a range of topics: Mood disorders in childbirth; Lifespan approach to ADHD; Autism: Basic mechanisms and treatment targets; Clinical management of OCD; Parkinson’s Disease: Neuropsychiatric aspects; Biomarkers for Alzheimer’s progression. Network with researchers and clinical academics to discuss advances in our understanding of the brain and psychiatric illness.

Venue: RCPsych, London. Date: Friday 13 March.

Book now to guarantee your place

Working in healthcare we all notice things that can be done better, but it is often difficult to know how to actually bring about change. Quality improvement (QI) can help, using systematic methodologies to tackle problems.

The College's QI committee, chaired by Dr Amar Shah, is pleased to announced that the introductory QI module on CPD eLearning is now freely available to everyone to complete - you just have to register for an account. The module provides an overview of QI and will help you consider how it is relevant and applicable in your own practice.

So far in 2020, the College has published the following Reports and Position Statements:

CR225: Technology Use and the mental health of Children and Young People

This College Report, as well as looking at the impact of screen time that has been the focus of most work in this area also looks at the impact of different types of screen use on the mental health of children and young people.

Download CR225 (PDF)

PS01/20: Services for people diagnosable with personality disorder

This Position Statement emphasises the importance of a timely and accurate diagnosis of Personality Disorder. It also outlines what services are needed to ensure that this group of patients receive the best care possible.

Download PS01/20 (PDF)

PS02/20: Frailty: Ensuring the best outcomes for frail older people

This Position Statement highlights that frailty is often an issue amongst older people suffering mental health problems. It provides advice on effective care for this group to clinicians, commissioners and policy makers.

Download PS02/20 (PDF)

The Psychiatric Liaison Accreditation Network (PLAN) has just published its 6th edition of standards! The standards are revised every two years and are used to review psychiatric liaison teams in the UK and Ireland.

Download a copy

More information about the network and information on joining

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 journals and databases 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

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.

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.

New BJPsych International podcast: Ethical dilemmas in global mental health

Professor Elena Cherepanov discusses the dilemmas global mental health workers face, how difficult decisions impact their mental health and how moral frameworks and standards help workers navigate these issues.

Listen to the podcast

Read the journal article

Watch the video abstract

We have a winner: BJPsych Bulletin Praxis Editorial Award 2019

Many congratulations to George Gillett for winning the Praxis Editorial Award!

The article is due in the June 2020 issue of  BJPsych Bulletin. The topic for 2019 was “A day in the life of a psychiatrist in 2050”. We thank the judges for their invaluable help: Mr Simon Rose, Dr Kate Lovett, Dr Ian Hall and Dr Ross Runciman. Don’t miss the 2020 competition. Topic and details to be confirmed soon – enquiries and suggestions for future topics welcome - please email BJPBulletin@rcpsych.ac.uk.