RCPsych eNewsletter November 2018

Wendy reflects on a busy autumn and updates on the Choose Psychiatry campaign.

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The RCPsych awards 2018 took place on Thursday 7 November.  

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The College is embarking on some work to understand the factors at undergraduate level which impact on medical students’ experiences of psychiatry.

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Patients are waiting up to 13 years to get the specialist mental health help they need, an RCPsych study has shown.

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We're looking for members who'd like to be part of a new research panel, which we'll use to gauge feelings about key aspects of care.

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RCPsych in Northern Ireland updates

Read the Chair's blog and the monthly update.

RCPsych in Scotland

RCPsych in Scotland held its launch event for the Personality Disorder in Scotland Report this month. Guests were invited from across Scotland’s Health Boards, Health and Social Care Partnerships, Scottish Government, and third sector/professional organisations to discuss the report’s recommendations.

We also hosted a successful Autumn Meeting at the end of September and look ahead to our Forensic, Psychotherapy, Child & Adolescent and joint Old Age and Addictions Faculty conferences before the end of the year! Bookings are live for all events, so visit our events pages for more information.

RCPsych Publishing updates

BJPsych Advances call for article proposals

BJPsych Advances, RCPsych's peer-reviewed CPD journal for consultant psychiatrists, invites clinical experts to submit proposals for articles on current ideas, techniques and developments in psychiatry. Articles typically discuss comprehensive, practical approaches to clinical problems and explain the full range of therapeutic options, with useful features like MCQs, summary boxes, and associated commentaries. To submit a proposal to the journal, please contact us via email. For further information visit the BJPsych Advances page.

Recently published book: Justice for Children and Families A Developmental Perspective

Edited by leading experts in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry, Mike Shaw and Sue Bailey, this invaluable guide underpins the values, mentalities and provides practical assistance for poverty stricken, neglected or abused children and promotes a framework of fairness, protection, and autonomy. This book is comprised of concise research topics with an interdisciplinary appeal.  View the full table of contents.

RCPsych members are eligible for a 30% discount off retail price, using the discount code available via MyRCPsych.

Access to RCPsych journals

Did you know you can use your RCPsych member log in details to access BJPsych and BJPsych Advances? Click “log in” from the journal website, select “RCPsych” from the Society drop down 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.

Recipes for Audit

Professor Wendy Burn and Dr Moe Kapoor are currently working with Cambridge University Press to develop a new edition of 101 Recipes for Audit. We would like to invite anyone who would like to contribute an audit to send a full audit to recipesforaudit@cambridge.org for consideration for inclusion in the book. If your audit is featured in the book, your name will be included as a contributor, and you’ll receive a copy of the book when it publishes.

We will be in touch with those who submit in due course, to let them know if their audit has been selected for publication.

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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 catalogue before making a suggestion.

Maudsley eBook Now Available

Did you know you can now access the new edition of the Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines via the College’s online library?

You will need a RCPsych OpenAthens account to log in. If you don’t have one yet, please get in touch with the library at: infoservices@rcpsych.ac.uk / 020 3701 2520.

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

Check out the latest edition of the College's magazine for members, RCPsych Insight, as well as other editions.

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.

Obituary: Peter Bruggen (by Arturo Ezquerro)

Peter Bruggen (1934-2018) was a man of integrity and one of the great influences on adolescent mental health. He trained and worked at the Tavistock Clinic for over 3 decades. He created an innovative therapeutic community for adolescents, in 1969, and fought gender discrimination with pioneering research on sexism in NHS management regarding distinctions awards: women were grossly under-represented on the awarding committees and as recipients of awards. Bruggen (a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist, adult psychoanalyst and family therapist) was a charismatic, unconventional and democratic leader, a good role model for those who worked with him, and an active fellow of the College.

Friday 2 Nov 2018, 6.30pm to 8.30pm, Tavistock Auditorium (5th floor): a gathering open to colleagues, who knew Peter Bruggen or his work and would like to celebrate his life. RSVP: arturo.ezquerro@ntlworld.com


The College’s Centre for Quality Improvement (CCQI) has been contracted to collect data for indicator 3a of the 2018/19 mental health CQUIN for inpatient and community patients. For more information or to register for the CQUIN please  visit the CQUIN site.

Research into patient feedback for revalidation

Following a recent evaluation of revalidation led by the research team at UmbRELLA, work is underway to improve patient feedback mechanisms for psychiatrists. The research team are interested in speaking to psychiatrists about their experience of collecting patient feedback for the purpose of revalidation. This can be done by telephone interview (approximately 30-45 minutes) or face to face if you are in the south west area. If you would like to get involved, please email revalidation@rcpsych.ac.uk for further information

RCPsych Gatsby/Wellcome Trainee Neuroscience Champions

Attention trainees!

The Neuroscience Project intends to appoint a group of Trainee Psychiatrist Neuroscience Champions, one from each School of Psychiatry in the UK. They will:

  • play a key role in linking the Neuroscience Project/Neuroscience Board with local delivery of the July 2018 revised MRCPsych Syllabus
  • be involved in communications activities for the Neuroscience Project, including website features, blogs and magazine pieces
  • receive a bursary to attend the RCPsych Neuroscience Spring Conference
  • benefit from extra educational opportunities through the ‘Neuroscience Immersion Programme’

Applications close at midnight on 30 November 2018. Full details from: neuroscienceproject@rcpsych.ac.uk

November poll

Agree/Disagree: "The College’s digital channels play an important role in keeping me in touch with the work of the College."


September's poll results

Does the College have an important role to play in informing the public about mental health conditions and treatments?

Yes: 98% No: 2%

Read the commentary in this month's BJPsych Kaleidoscope column and take the quiz for your chance to win.

September's answers can be now be found in the September Kaleidoscope column.

Get in contact to receive further information regarding a career in psychiatry