RCPsych eNewsletter May 2019

Wendy escaped from Alcatraz to give us her May update. On the agenda: antidepressants, whistleblowing, climate change – and news from the APA’s Congress in San Francisco.

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The College hosted Simon Stevens and Claire Murdoch for a breakfast meeting to make the commitment to mental health in the new Long Term Plan.

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RCPsych are supporting a call to ban solitary confinement in the youth justice system.

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Professor Helen Killaspy has been awarded the prestigious Pascal-Boyle Prize by the European Psychiatry Association.

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The College is just days away from accepting nominations for our next President.

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RCPsych in Northern Ireland updates

Read the monthly activity log.

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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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.

Check out the new History, Library and Archives Blog!

The College’s new Historian in Residence, Dr Claire Hilton has teamed up with the Librarian and Archivist to bring you interesting tales from the College collections and history of Psychiatry.

So far, there have been posts about:

  • Psychiatrists in Bram Stoker’s Dracula by Dr Fiona Subotsky
  • Library Collaboration with Better World Books by Fiona Watson
  • From ‘Asylum’ to ‘Hospital’an Early Move Towards Parity of Esteem? By Dr Claire Hilton
  • Alexander Walk and the Gaskell Club by Philippa Grossett
  • The Oldest Book in the Library - De Proprietatibus Rerum – 1483 by Fiona Watson

If you are interested in writing a post for the blog please get in touch!

You can read all of these and keep up to date with new posts on our website.

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

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.

RCPsych International Congress 2019

International Congress, 1-4 July 2019, London:  the International Congress is now open for bookings.  Last year’s event sold out and many were unable to secure their bookings on time. Make sure you don’t miss out in 2019 and book your place now.

Changes to photo ID requirements

For all exams you must bring official photo identification (ID): Passport or Driver’s License. We no longer accept Hospital ID's.

Electronic/scanned or photocopy ID will also not be accepted. Candidates who do not bring appropriate ID in accordance with these Regulations will not be permitted to sit the examination.

If you have any reason why you cannot bring the original of any of these documents to the examination venue [or your ID document has recently expired], please contact the Head Examinations Operations once you have received notification of being entered to sit the examination, and in any event in advance of the examination date.  Exemptions from the requirement to bring original photo ID will only be granted in exceptional circumstances, [for example theft on production of a police crime report] and alternative requirements will be specified with which candidates must comply. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in the candidate not being permitted to sit the examination.

College Reports and Position Statements

The College has published the following Reports and Position Statements:

PS01/19: Position statement on consultant psychiatrists working across specialties outside normal working hours

This Position Statement provides advice on how best to consider the most appropriate ways to cover out-of-hours work, across specialties.

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PS02/19: Position statement on the provision of liaison psychiatry services across the lifespan

This Position Statement describes how Liaison Psychiatry services can be delivered to meet the needs of patients of all ages, while staff continue to work within their recognised competences and areas of expertise.

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CR219: Bridges Not Walls: Good practice guidance for transition and cooperation between mental health services for older patients

This report is the new update to the guidance previously contained in College Report CR153 – (Links Not Boundaries: Service Transitions for People Growing Older with Enduring or Relapsing Mental Illness in 2009) on transitions between mental health services.

While the principles remain the same – with a focus on the needs of patients and their carers – this updated guidance provides more detail on issues such as reaching agreement about what needs to happen if patients return to their original service, and record-keeping.

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CR221: Suffering in silence: age inequality in older people’s mental health care

In line with the aim to reduce barriers for patients accessing services, the Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry has produced a new update to the guidance previously contained in the 2009 College Report CR153 – (Links Not Boundaries ) on transitions between mental health services. Whilst the principles remain the same – with a focus on the needs of patients and their carers – this updated guidance provides more detail on issues such as reaching agreement about what needs to happen if patients need to return to their original service, and record-keeping.

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CR222: Caring for the whole person - Physical healthcare of older adults with mental illness: integration of care

The Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry has led on the production of a College report focusing on the multiple physical health needs of older adults with mental illness. It  covers the most commonly encountered physical health conditions and provides practical advice for front line staff as well as recommendations about training and about the commissioning of services to help achieve better outcomes for older people. The report emphasises the value of an integrated collaborative approach to care and makes 12 main recommendations, including the commissioning of liaison geriatricians to support older adult mental health services in inpatient settings and in the community.

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Calling All Consultant Psychiatrists

NICE currently have multiple Consultant Psychiatrist vacancies in their Technology Appraisal Committees. More information can be found on the NICE website.


May poll

Agree/Disagree: "I recognise the impact the College has made on mental health policy over the last three years"


April's poll results

"I worry about how I will occupy my time when I retire."

Yes: 30% No: 70%

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 April Kaleidoscope column.

Read the full May 2019 Kaleidoscope column in BJPsych.

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