RCPsych eNewsletter

July 2020

Welcome to our eNewsletter for members

In this issue, we feature Dr Adrian James' first blog as president, the launch of our new international strategy, and our new online functionality including the CASC exam and Section 12(2) training.

The latest from the Devolved Nations

We are keeping our members informed through a Covid-19 guidance hub. We are also feeding into inquiries around the necessity of retaining the emergency measures introduced at the start of the pandemic, arguing these remain essential at this time. 

We are seeking the input of members into our engagement activities through our member’s survey, the results of which we have used to advocate to policy makers and the media. This includes coverage secured around results of member’s wellbeing. 

We have represented our members and the issues they are facing in the Scottish Government’s Covid stakeholder group, feeding into guidance they are submitting to clinicians and helping to directly inform policy development. This includes efforts to look beyond the immediate pandemic. 

We ensured the perspective of psychiatrists was represented in the review of mental health law through drafted with extensive input from members. 

We held our latest Medical Mangers and Devolved Council meetings with extensive discussions on what good looks like for mental health services post-Covid. We are in the process of finalising a project to capture member’s views on this issue. 

We have made significant efforts to campaign on behalf of our learning disability CAMHS membership through a submission to the Education & Skills Committee and efforts to advocate to individual opposition party spokespeople. 

Read more RCPsych in Scotland news

Our series of podcasts, Opening Up in Lockdown, is now live on YouTube. Throughout this series, poet Patrick Jones interviews artists about how the arts can help with mental health.

We welcomed recommendation from the First Minister BAME COVID Advisory Group report on support for adoption of our work with Diverse Cymru in developing a Cultural Competency Framework.

We gave evidence to Welsh Parliaments Health Committee; Children, Education and Young People’s committee; and the Culture committee on the impacts on COVID. The Health Committee are first to report, giving assurances to work to a parity between physical and mental health (in line with our 2021 Senedd Cymru manifesto).

Read more RCPsych in Wales news

Other news from around the College

Praxis Editorial Award 

Calling all medical students and psychiatry trainees! Submit an editorial - the winning entry will be published in the journal in 2021.

Topic: ‘Is the climate a mental health crisis?’  

Closing date: 6 December 2020

Entries should be sent to bjpbulletin@rcpsych.ac.uk.

Read the full details and rules

Access the Praxis online collectio

New journals for the College library

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 library page.

If you don’t have an OpenAthens account, they are very quick to set up! Drop us an email at infoservices@rcpsych.ac.uk or give us a call on 020 3701 2547.

Suggest a book

Is there a particular book we don't have that would make a useful addition to the library? Do you degree think we need more copies of an important textbook? We welcome 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.

We have opened recruitment for a new MTI Specialist Adviser on the Medical Training Initiative (MTI).

The Specialist Adviser will work closely with the Dean, the Presidential Lead for International Affairs, the International Team and the Professional Standards department. They will oversee the RCPsych MTI scheme in from Autumn 2020–2025.

We welcome applications from Members, Fellows, Specialist Associates or Affiliates. 

Since the launch of the RCPsych MTI Scheme in 2004, the initiative has grown increasinigly popular, more than tripling the amount of applications received. The MTI Scheme is a big element of the RCPsych’s new international strategy and will continue to be a priority.

Specialist Advisor on Medical Training Initiative (MTI) - more information

The South West Division are delighted to be running the following prizes virtually, in conjunction with the Autumn Biannual Meeting on 13 November 2020:

  • Lisa Thomas Poetry Prize – open to anyone with a connection to mental health
  • Divisional Poster Prize – open to all Psychiatric Trainees, SAS and Specialty Doctors, working in the South West Division who are Specialist Associates, Affiliates, PMPTs or Members of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Dr Stephen Dinniss Foundation Doctor and Medical Student Poster Prize – open to all Foundation Doctors and Medical Students working or studying in the South West Division who are Student Associates or Foundation Associates of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

It is anticipated that all prizes will open for entries by the end of July, please keep an eye on the South West Division website for further details.

Find out more about these prizes