RCPsych eNewsletter

May 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 have represented our members and the issues they are facing in the Scottish Government’s stakeholder group, feeding into guidance they are submitting to clinicians and helping to directly inform policy development.
  • We are keeping our members informed through a Covid-19 guidance hub and delivered a webinar with partners from the Mental Welfare Commission and NHS Lothian on potential emergency measures and their implications. We intend to run further webinars in the coming weeks.
  • We are seeking the input of members into our engagement activities through our member’s survey, the results of which we will use to advocate to policy makers.
  • We are ensuring the perspective of psychiatrists is represented in the review of mental health law through a submission which is currently in the latter stages of being drafted.

We’ve been working in conjunction with Literature Wales to put out a writers’ commission call to create original content on the theme of ‘Health and Wellbeing’. There are 10 commissions available to freelance writers worth £500 each.

Furthermore, Following our endorsement of the CWTCH (Connecting with Telehealth to Communities and Hospitals for Healthcare) project that complements the national video consultation rollout; CWTCH have issued further guidance and a helpful toolkit for telepsychiatry.

We have also continued to update our clinical guidance in light of COVID-19.

Other news from around the College

In an attempt to follow government Covid-19 guidance and the need to maintain good mental wellbeing, we are aware that some of our members are trying to keep busy by sorting out their career-long paperwork. The College Archives is appealing to you to consider donating your historical records to the Archives rather than throwing them out.

The College has an archives collection development policy. Its main purpose is to ensure that we collect, maintain, document and preserve the history of the College. The policy also allows the archivist to collect personal papers of officers, fellows and members of the College. These papers usually supplement and compliment institutional records collected from the various departments, committees, faculties and other bodies of the College.

The papers which are most likely to contain information of archival value include:

  • diaries, memoirs, biographies
  • official correspondence
  • committee, faculty, section, group and division minutes, reports and files
  • correspondence with colleagues, professional organisations, government bodies
  • audio-visual records such as photographs, interviews, oral history tapes and transcripts.

For assistance with the selection of material suitable for the Archives and for information on transfer arrangements, please contact:

BJPsych themed Issue

In January 2021, the British Journal of Psychiatry (BJPsych) is publishing a themed issue containing articles related to psychiatric morbidity in people with neurodevelopmental conditions, in particular autism spectrum disorders, ADHD and intellectual disability. We now invite submissions from all authors describing original research and systematic reviews, along with editorials and analysis pieces. The deadline is 1 June 2020.

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Submit your article

Working with BJPsych

BJPsych International is looking for a Trainee Editor to be responsible for the Global Echoes section and promote submissions to the journal from medical students and psychiatry trainees worldwide. The closing date is 31 May 2020

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BJPsych Advances Call for New Editorial Board Members 

Would you like to take an active role in deciding the future direction of BJPsych Advances, the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ CPD journal for Consultant Psychiatrists? We are looking for new board members to join the BJPsych Advances Editorial Board and would be pleased to hear from you. 

We are looking for candidates with expertise in any areas of psychiatry. However, we specifically welcome applications from people with expertise in one or more of the following areas: Perinatal Psychiatry; Intellectual Disability; Neuropsychiatry; Eating Disorders; Old Age Psychiatry.  

We also particularly welcome applications from consultant psychiatrists based in Canada and New Zealand as we wish to encourage new authors and readership in these areas. 

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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.

Psychiatrists experiencing personal or professional difficulties can access free, confidential support - call on 020 7245 0412.

The Psychiatrists’ Support Service wants your feedback!

The Psychiatrists' Support Service has been running now for over 10 years and we would like to ask our College members for some feedback. We would appreciate if you could complete our brief survey.

If you are a College Assessor who would like a refresher or a prospective College Assessor who would like to do the training for the first time, please join us on the afternoon of 4 June at 1pm – 4.30pm for a remote session on Microsoft Teams. Please email workforce@rcpsych.ac.uk to sign up.

This award is open to all medical students who are passionate about psychiatry and mental health. Psych Stars will receive a mentor, access to CPD Online and TrOn (Trainees Online), a personal fund and attendance at International Congress 2021.

The deadline has now been extended to 09:00 (GMT) on Friday 29 May.

Apply now

If you have any queries, please contact careers@rcpsych.ac.uk.