RCPsych eNewsletter July 2019

In her July blog, Wendy discusses the successes of this year's Congress, making sure mental health gets the attention it deserves under the new Government and reducing restrictive practice.

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The number of junior doctors choosing to train in psychiatry is at an all-time high, according to the latest statistics.

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Dr Kate Lovett, the College’s Dean, has warmly welcomed a new report by Health Education England stressing the vital importance of psychiatry in a junior doctor's training.

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We've produced a new leaflet introducing each of our 15 SIGs and providing contact details.

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Dr. Rosemary Balsam received the Sigourney Award last week for her work on psychoanalytical theory.

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The Government must urgently produce an updated and ambitious national alcohol strategy to tackle the escalating risk to public health, according to a letter signed by the College and other leading health organisations.

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The National Audit of Dementia (care in general hospitals) has published its fourth national report based on data received from 195 acute general hospitals in England and Wales.

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RCPsych in Northern Ireland updates

Read the monthly activity log.

RCPsych in Scotland

July has seen the College in Scotland focusing on its Personality Disorder campaign, having written to every health board in Scotland about the work they are doing to improve their services. We have been working alongside Scottish Government representatives with regards to our Personality Disorder report recommendations and the establishment of a Personality Disorder Managed Network.

Over the next few weeks, we will be turning our attention to our Strategy Day & Executive meeting in August. These meetings will focus on how the College in Scotland moves forward as a Devolved Council, and our future main campaign.

RCPsych in Wales

RCPsych Wales have just released a Summer newsletter (PDF) with information about recent events and achievements, this includes news of an 100% fill rate into core training in Psychiatry.

RCPsych Publishing updates

Access to RCPsych journals

Did you know you can use your RCPsych member details to access BJPsych and BJPsych Advances? Click “log in” from the journal website, select “RCPsych” from the Society 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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BJPsych Advances: Submissions in the Area of Addictions Invited

BJPsych Advances, the College's peer-reviewed CPD journal for consultant psychiatrists, invites clinical experts to submit proposals for Articles, Clinical Reflections and Refreshments in the area of Addictions. 

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. 

For further information about the journal and all article types visit the Advances site

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 before making a suggestion.

Access to new journals and ebooks! Now available via your College OpenAthens Account

The library has extended its collection to include an additional 38 psychiatric journals and 10 ebooks! These include:

  • 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

Members have access to these via our Access Journals & Databases page and their RCPsych OpenAthens account.

Please get in touch for more details.

CPD Online

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

CPD Online (CPDO) is RCPsych’s eLearning resource for consultant psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, incorporating the latest research and best practice in psychiatry into 200+ modules and 100+ podcasts. 

CPD Online will enable you to:      

  • complete 50% of your annual CPD requirement
  • fit CPD activities around your busy schedule
  • earn and print certificates for completed modules
  • measure understanding through interactive, peer-reviewed learning.

Subscriptions are discounted for College members and great value for institutions. Please visit the CPDO website for more information or to try our free modules.

Psychiatrist Support Service

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.

Ladybones - a one-woman show at the Edinburgh Fringe 2019, delving into psychiatric topics including OCD.

July poll

Agree/Disagree: "Psychiatry should be a vital part of every junior doctors’ training."


June's poll results

"Creating a website which allows people to check how mental health services are performing against key indicators will drive up standards."

Agree: 42% Disagree: 58%

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 June Kaleidoscope column.

Read the full June 2019 Kaleidoscope column in BJPsych.

Get in contact to receive further information regarding a career in psychiatry