RCPsych eNewsletter

May 2022

Welcome to our eNewsletter for members

In this issue we discuss our Presidential Election (nominations open next week!), welcome the upcoming reforms to the Mental Health Act, and celebrate the positive response to our new guidance on eating disorders.

Other news from around the College

RCPsych Publishing updates

Read the latest RCPsych Publishing Highlights newsletter.

The Psychiatrists' Support Service (PSS) provides free, rapid, high quality peer support by telephone to psychiatrists of all grades who may be experiencing personal or work-related difficulties.

Our service is totally confidential and delivered by trained Peer Support Psychiatrists (PSPs). Our PSPs are from diverse backgrounds and have received training in many different areas, to improve their understanding and ability to support all those who call the PSS.

As a service, we are aware that the difficulties faced by doctors vary enormously. We will support you through whatever they may be, including burnout, workplace bullying and discrimination, serious incidents, as well as coping with stress and change. Our support service manager and our PSPs will talk with you in confidence, without stigma or prejudice.

The service can be contacted by phone on 020 8618 4020 or by email at pss@rcpsych.ac.uk.

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.

We’re accepting nominations for Fellowship until 15 September 2022. This is awarded as a mark of distinction and recognition of contribution to psychiatry.

You can apply if you’ve been a continuous member from 1 January 2012 or before that date.

You should aim to show you’ve made significant contributions to the core purposes of the College:

  • setting standards and promoting excellence in mental health care
  • leading, representing and supporting psychiatrists
  • working with patients, carers and their organisations.

Applicants must complete a CV form, Citation form and Good Standing form and email these by 15 September. For the full application process, forms to complete and further guidance please see our page Applying for Fellowship.

The College’s Nominations Committee will decide on all applications in the autumn, and you'll be notified of the outcome in November/December. Please send any queries to membership.operations@rcpsych.ac.uk.

FuturePsych is the magazine for Student and Foundation Doctor Associates and is published twice per year.

We are calling for submissions for the next edition of FuturePsych which will be published in July 2022.

Find out how to submit

This bursary is to support attendance at the Irsee residential seminar held in August or September each year. The bursary will be paid on submission of confirmation that your place had been booked. The deadline is Tuesday 31 May.

Find out more about the bursary

The Harrington Writing Prized was established by the Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the name of Professor Richard Charles Harrington to encourage interest in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry among trainees and specialty doctors.

The 2022 prize is now open and the title this year is: The role of social psychiatry within present-day child and adolescent mental health. The 2022 prize closes at midnight on 10 June 2022.

Find out how to apply

The General Medical Council are consulting on an updated version of Good Medical Practice – the standards of professional behaviour and patient care expected from all doctors in the UK.

The deadline for responses is 20 July 2022.

We will be producing a written response from the College but would also encourage members to share their views and help shape future standards.

Have your say in helping to shape the future of Good Medical Practice

April 28 saw the publication of a new competence framework, to identify a training route for physician associates (PAs) in mental health and support the NHS commitment to increase the number of PAs in mental health services over the next five years.

The framework, developed for the College by NCCMH and UCL, sets out what can be expected from a well-trained mental health PA, and is accompanied by a training curriculum.

Find out more about the framework and access the documents

The South West Retired Doctors Working Group, led by Dr Richard Laugharne, has developed a practical package for doctors who have retired, are at the point of retirement or are considering retirement.

You can find the Guidance for retired members and employer organisations and more information on how the South West Division Executive Committee supports retired and resting psychiatrists on our retired and resting doctors page.

The Community of Communities (CofC) Network is holding their Annual Forum on the 1 June 2022. This year we will be exploring the theme of ‘Therapeutic Communities in Transition’ through a combination of workshops, seminars and talks including our keynote speaker, Fakhry Davids the author of Internal Racism: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Race and Difference. Our Annual Forum will enable individuals from the Therapeutic Community sector to meet others in similar areas of work, reflect on practice and exchange and support one another to meet the demands of TC practice. 

If you would like to reserve a place, please complete our sign up form and the CofC team will contact you regarding payment. If you complete this form for multiple colleagues, please submit a form for each attendee.

For more information, please see our CofC Annual Forum Programme.

The Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association a mental health charity established in 1962 is looking to add to their trustee board. Trustees of the Association are also selected to serve on the boards of The Centre for Better Health and Better Health Products independent operational charities based in Hackney.

If you are interested and want to find out more, please email the director Ashwin Mathews or telephone 0208 9853570.

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