RCPsych eNewsletter

June 2020

Welcome to our eNewsletter for members

In this issue, we hear from President Wendy Burn regarding these exceptional times, we discuss meeting with Sir Keir Starmer, and we showcase our series of free webinars on COVID-19.

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.

View our Scotland pages

We were joined by NHS Wales directors at our executive committee, discussion focused on how the College will inform recovery planning in Wales.

This video call was the last official Chairing from Prof Keith Lloyd who steps down, as we welcome Dr Maria Atkins as our incoming Chair. 

For mental health awareness week we worked with vlogger and presenter Jess Davies to produce the  ‘Be Kind, Be You’ video, highlighting the impact which negative comments can have on people’s mental health.

We are also producing a series of podcasts with poet Patrick Jones who is interviewing artists about their experience of lockdown.

View our Wales pages

Other news from around the College

RCPsych Publishing Highlights May 2020

Find out what's new in our journals and books.

A day in the life of a psychiatrist in 2050 - where will the algorithm take us?

Read the winning article of the Praxis Editorial Award 2019 competition. George Gillett offers an imaginary insight into the future potential for both psychiatrist and patient of digital phenotyping, such as using live data from personal digital devices on sleep, activity and social media interactions to monitor and interpret people’s current mental state.

Read the article

Read the June issue of BJPsych Bulletin

More about the Praxis Editorial Award

BJPsych Advances call for board members

BJPsych Advances is looking for new board members to join the BJPsych Advances Editorial Board and we would be pleased to hear from you. We are specifically looking for candidates with experience in the following areas: Perinatal Psychiatry; Intellectual Disability; Neuropsychiatry; Eating Disorders; Old Age Psychiatry.

Further information

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 or give us call infoservices@rcpsych.ac.uk / 02037012547.

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? 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.

The College is seeking to recruit to vacancies in our written paper question writing panels, from subject matter experts and members interested and experienced in medical education for the MRCPsych Exam.

The post is voluntary and appointees will be expected to attend two panel meetings and one question writing event per year. A minimum of 50% attendance and remote contribution is expected, and expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with the College’s policy.

Find out more about the vacancies

If you have any questions please email examinations@rcpsych.ac.uk.

The College is delighted to announce that Professor Mohammed Al-Uzri has been appointed as the Presidential Lead for International Affairs. Professor Al-Uzri’s will support the President to deliver the College’s International Strategy.

Professor Al-Uzri said “It is a privilege to take this role and help with implementing the new International Strategy of the college. The international activity of the college has been an interest of mine for some time I and welcome the opportunity to contribute to the good work of the college at the international arena.”

The Parole Board is now recruiting new psychiatrists to join the more than 250 members currently contributing to the important work of parole reviews. 

Find out more