RCPsych eNewsletter June 2018

Wendy recalls a month of learning, a royal visit, celebrating new Fellows and the run-up to Congress.

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Four College members were recognised for their work in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday honours list.

List of recipients


  • Dr J S Bamrah, is the Medical Director of Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust.  He is Consultant Psychiatrist who specialises in Old Age Psychiatry. He also holds positions at the BMA.

  • Professor Matthew Hotopf is an academic psychiatrist and Professor of General Hospital Psychiatry at King’s College London. He is an outstanding academic psychiatrist and a highly effective ambassador for psychiatry in medicine, law and work.


  • Ashok Roy is a Consultant Psychiatrist for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and is our current Chair of the Intellectual Disabilities Faculty at The Royal College of Psychiatrists. He is based in Coventry and Warwickshire.

  • Dr Wendy Woodhouse, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, former Clinical Director, Children and Young People’s directorate, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. Dr Woodhouse was instrumental in setting up new model of Children and Adolescent mental health services in Oxfordshire Buckinghamshire, Swindon Wilts and Banes as part of the Government’s Five Year Forward View into Mental Health.


Professor Wendy Burn, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists said: “We're delighted that JS, Matthew, Ashok and Wendy have received honours this year.

"It's our priority as a College to keep pushing for equal recognition between mental and physical health and these doctors have demonstrated their dedication on a daily basis in their areas of work.

“Giving recognition to the valuable work our psychiatrists do is important if we’re to attract future generations to the profession.

"We’ve seen a healthy increase in the number of junior doctors choosing to train in psychiatry this year and ultimately it means that we will be able to help more people with their mental health needs.”

Paul Rees, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Psychiatrists said: “I have the utmost respect for all those who have received honours for their work in mental health.

“We fight tirelessly for mental and physical health to be equally valued and respected. And while mental health has long been undervalued, these honours are a clear sign that recognition of the important work psychiatrists do is on the up.”


Dr J S Bamrah, received a CBE: “I'm delighted and privileged to have been given such an honour by Her Majesty the Queen, especially as it comes on the 70th anniversary of the NHS.

"I'm very humbled, but the real credit for this goes to the causes that are precious to me, as well as my patients, colleagues and family members who have supported me and have been through the journey with me.”

Dr Wendy Woodhouse said “Working in child psychiatry has been a joy, it has also been fascinating and every changing on a daily basis. I chose to specialise in working with children and young people because you have a chance to really make an impact with their mental health during their formative years.

"I’m particularly proud of my work to help create a new model of care for CAMHS services provided by Oxford Health NHSFT and to see improvements on the ground in helping children receive better treatment and services.”

Dr Ashok Roy said: "I have been privileged to spend my working life trying to improve services for people with learning disabilities and their families and staff. I'm delighted to receive this unexpected honour.

"I hope it goes some way in raising the profile of a section of society that still struggles to receive the right support to live fulfilling lives."

If you’re not lucky enough to be there in person, find out all the ways you can follow our International Congress 24-27 June.

Read more about Congress.

Earlier this month the College hosted a special event for our newly elected Fellows.

The event included a presentation ceremony with our President Prof Wendy Burn and remarks by our CEO Paul Rees.

All 90 guests, including the 40 new Fellows, then enjoyed a dinner with speeches.

This was the first time the College has held a Fellowship ceremony at our head office in Prescot Street, which in previous years was integrated in the programme for our Congress.

Professor Wendy Burn, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists said: "I was delighted to be at the first ever New Fellows Ceremony to be held at the College.

"It was a magical evening. We heard about each Fellow and the amazing things they had done.

"Then we all sat down to dinner together and enjoyed the wonderful food from the College catering team."

A selection of the photos from the event are available to view on our Facebook page.

Help us make sure the UK has enough psychiatrists – and become a Choose Psychiatry ambassador.

Earlier this month we launched the second phase of our #ChoosePsychiatry campaign, to encourage more people to choose psychiatry as a career.

Recent statistics from Health Education England show there's nearly a 30% rise in the number of doctors opting to train in psychiatry since 2013.

We think that's worth celebrating. Hopefully you’ve seen the latest version of our film, which includes the new CAMHS storyline – if not, you can catch up by watching the film.

This latest campaign is aimed at those applying for the Feb 2019 intake, the application window opens shortly, so we’re keen to keep up the momentum during June and July.

We’re appealing for your help too!

Chris here has recorded her 5 Reasons Why she decided to #ChoosePsychiatry, now it’s your turn.

Record it on your iPhone and tag a colleague on Twitter to do the same!

Better still, send it to someone you know might be thinking about joining us but hasn’t yet….

The Sport and Exercise SiG is leading a national Physical Activity project in partnership with Public Health England and is seeking your views!

The hope is that every health professional in the country will understand the important role that physical activity plays in the prevention and treatment of disease.

This is particularly relevant with regard to the management of long term conditions. The intention is that professionals integrate physical activity into their everyday practice and that this approach should start as part of basic training and form part of CPD.

We are well positioned as psychiatrists to influence our patients’ behaviour, particularly given the evidence for the effectiveness of brief intervention strategies.

This is particularly important in our patient group who suffer up to 20 years shorter life expectancy with the associated morbidity, for example type 2 diabetes.

It seems, at this point, appropriate to survey psychiatrists' knowledge in this area, not only to raise awareness of the potential multiple benefits of physical activity but also to attain a baseline.

Please take this two minute survey concerning current guidance about physical activity levels which will be directly comparable to a survey conducted in primary care last year.

‘Your Data Matters to the NHS’ – NHS Digital’s new campaign to inform the public on new rules on the use of data.

The ‘Your Data Matters to the NHS’ campaign was launched on 25th May with the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation.

This informs the public that the strict rules about how health and care data can and cannot be used were strengthened.   The NHS is committed to keeping patient information safe and always being clear about how it is used. 

The campaign will also let the public know that they can choose whether their confidential patient information is used for research and planning and a new website nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters has been launched which allows the public to find out more about how their data is used across health and care and to make this choice.

More information for health and care professionals

Are you a trainee with an interest in politics? Would you like to see how politics works first hand while developing your skills to be a future leader in mental health?

If so you may be interested in applying to join the Royal College of Psychiatrists Parliamentary Scholar Programme.

The Programme gives the chance for ST4-6 trainees to spend one day a week at the House of Lords working with Peers with an interest in mental health and learning disability to develop leadership and other skills necessary to influence policy on mental health matters.

It was set up last year with the help of Baroness Hollins, former President of The Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Due to its success we're delighted to be able to offer this opportunity again for 2018/19 to support up to five ST4-6 trainees drawn from the range of psychiatric subspecialties to use their special interest sessions to develop experience in parliamentary affairs.

Applicants are required to submit a CV and supporting statement (no more than one side of A4) to Kate Lovett, Dean. Email these to jonathan.blay@rcpsych.ac.uk.

Please note we are reopening the advert for this role. If you've already applied your application will still be considered unless you inform us you're no longer interested.

Closing date: July 15 2018, 11pm

Interviews will be held near the end of July 2018.

RCPsych in Northern Ireland updates

Read the Chair's update and the monthly update.

RCPsych in Scotland update 

In June, events take a quieter turn at RCPsych in Scotland, however, the Team are busy preparing for the launch of a Personality Disorder in Scotland Report in the Summer.

The report is the result of almost two years of development by the Working Group involved. We are also looking forward to the upcoming RCPsych International Congress and would like to remind members the vote on the proposal for Devolved Councils for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales will take place at the AGM on Monday, 25 June 2018 in Birmingham.

RCPsych Publications update

 International Congress

Join us at stand 41 for the latest book titles on display, journal sample copies, and the opportunity to win a prize!

Join Editors Kenneth R. Kaufman (BJPsych Open) and Kamaldeep S. Bhui (BJPsych) on Tuesday 26th June 9.40-10.55am, S24 for their talks on Psychiatric Education:

Kenneth R. Kaufman ‘Where should I publish: A guide for students, trainees, researchers, and consultants’

Kamaldeep S. Bhui ‘Getting published: practice tips for students, trainees, and tenacious researchers’

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CPD Online

 CPD Online offers a selection of FREE modules for those without a paid subscription. This month we’re refreshing the open-access list with 3 recently published/updated modules, offering the chance to earn 3 CPD points for free:
  • Metabolic syndrome and schizophrenia (CPD credits: 1)

  • Boundary violations and sexual exploitation: recognition, avoidance and management (CPD credits: 1.5)

  • Quickbite: Monitoring and managing the renal adverse effects of lithium (CPD credits: 0.5)

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 or sign up for a guest account.

You can also keep up to date with the latest CPDO eNewsletter.

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Neuroscience Brain Camp

Brain Camp comes to Birmingham. Find out what happened when more than 50 enthusiastic psychiatrists converged on the city this month for the latest instalment of ‘Inspiring excellence in neuroscience education’, the training-the-trainers programme from the Gatsby/Wellcome Neuroscience Project.

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