RCPsych eNewsletter January 2019

In the first blog of the year, Wendy resumes her national tour and lays out the College's priorities.

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We’re delighted that three members of the College were included in the New Year’s honours. Congratulations to Dr Sridevi Kalidindi CBE, Dr Gertrude Seneviratne OBE, and Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones OBE.

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Our annual young people’s debate took place last December. This year's motion: 'This house believes social media has made us a society of bullies'.

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We’ve recently published our strategic plan for 2019-2020 called ‘Excellence in psychiatry: High-quality person-centred care.’ It sets out in detail how we aim to achieve our mission, vision and objectives over the next two years.

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President Professor Wendy Burn invites you to the President’s Lecture with the British Indian Psychiatric Association (BIPA) to celebrate the life and work of the late Prof Narendranath N Wig.

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NHS Long Term Plan – NHSE releases its plans for the NHS in England over the next five to ten years.

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The College offers updates on the Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA), which open 7 February 2019 and close 4 April 2019.

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Research to be published in the College’s BJPsych Open in February found those who are mentally ill are 2.4 times more likely than those with a non-psychiatric condition to lose their benefit.

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The International Congress is now open for bookings and our early bird rates are available!

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RCPsych in Northern Ireland updates

Read the Chair's blog and the monthly update.

RCPsych in Scotland

Happy New Year from RCPsych in Scotland. In 2019 we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the opening of our office in Edinburgh. We will be marking the silver anniversary in style in September. We have a busy programme of conferences and events this year. One of the highlights is our Academic Winter Meeting in January. More generally we will continue to respond to consultations, surveys and calls for evidence. We will play a leading role in the Cross-Party Group on Mental Health and the Scottish Mental Health Partnership. We will be promoting recruitment and retention in psychiatry. And lots more.

RCPsych in Wales

RCPsych Wales had a busy end to 2018! On the 23 November we held our joint winter meeting with the Welsh Psychiatric Society entitled ‘The Future of Psychiatry’ in Cardiff. This meeting was attended by over 80 delegates and included Prof David Nutt who gave the keynote lecture “40 years of psychiatry, and how it can inform the next 40”. Our final event of 2018 was a joint conference with NAHT Cymru (the school leaders’ union in Wales) held in Cardiff on 14 December at the All Nations Centre. The event, chaired by Rob Williams, NAHT Cymru’s Director of Policy, and Professor Alka Ahuja, Public Engagement Lead, RCPsych Wales / Consultant Child and adolescent Psychiatrist, ABUHB, attracted a diverse selection of professionals from across Wales. In their feedback, 92% of those in attendance stated this conference was excellent, so we will be developing and including this event in our 2019 programme.

RCPsych Publishing updates

BJPsych Themed Issue

Have you read the latest issue from BJPsych? The themed issue on Treatment-Resistant Mood Disorders is now available online.

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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Library updates

Coming soon! Access to new journals and ebooks

The library will soon be extending its collection to include an additional 38 journals and 10 ebooks! Including:

  • Comprehensive Psychiatry
  • Drug and Alcohol Dependence
  • European Psychiatry
  • Journal of Anxiety Disorders
  • Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging
  • Ford: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder 2e
  • Maine: Treatment of Eating Disorders 1e

Check out the complete list.

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.

CPD Online

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.

Psychiatrist Support Service

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

RCPsych Insight

Check out the latest edition of the College's magazine for members, RCPsych 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.

Fellowship 2019 – Call for entries

Call for entries for the Fellowship of the College is now open!

Fellowship of the College is awarded as a mark of distinction and recognition of contributions to psychiatry. As it is a College award, candidates and citators are asked to demonstrate and evidence significant contributions to the core purposes of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Applications welcome until 30 June 2019.

Further information and how to apply

National Honours and Honorary Fellowship 2019 – Call for entries

Call for entries is now open for National Honours and Honorary Fellowship!

Further information and how to submit a nomination

National Dementia of Audit would like to showcase artwork by people with dementia on our national reports

We invite people with dementia to submit paintings, drawings or photographs under the theme ‘Living Well’ by 28th February.

For the winning entry there will be a £50 voucher of the person’s choice, plus it will be shown on the front of the National Report (to be published Spring / Summer 2019). All entries will be displayed (with permission) on our website.

We would be very grateful if you could circulate our poster (PDF) to anyone you think might be interested. All entries should be accompanied by an entry form (PDF).

If you have any questions, please contact us on nad@rcpsych.ac.uk.

Spirituality and Psychiatry Special Interest Group (SPSIG)

The Spirituality and Psychiatry Special Interest Group (SPSIG) was founded to provide a forum for psychiatrists to explore the spiritual challenges presented by psychiatric illness, and how best to respond to patients’ spiritual concerns.

We are now on Twitter to make our events and activities more visible for you well in advance. You don't have to have a Twitter account to follow tweets about upcoming events, conferences, speakers and service user resources advertised by SPSIG – just visit or add the link to your favourites.

If you are a Twitter user and chose to follow us, you may even receive email reminders when events or resources are advertised.

January poll

Agree/Disagree: "The positives social media has brought to society outweigh the negatives."


December's poll results

"It’s important that those of us working in mental health play our part in providing a sustainable future for the next generations."

Agree: 94% Disagree: 6%

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