RCPsych eNewsletter November 2019

In her November blog, Wendy discusses the RCPsych’s new report highlighting improvements needed to acute adult mental health care services.

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With a General Election coming up, the RCPsych has published a manifesto calling on the next Government to take action to improve the nation’s mental health.

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Voting opens for the RCPsych Presidential Election on 11 December 2019 – here’s all you need to know!

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The College beat strong competition to win Charity of the Year at the 2019 European Diversity Awards.

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We’ve launched a new section on our website for members' obituaries.

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A national clinical audit managed by the College has won a national award that recognises outstanding patient and public involvement.

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Catch up with who won the prestigious RCPsych awards including Psychiatrist of the Year 2019 – and see pictures from the event.

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RCPsych in Northern Ireland

Read the Chair’s Activity Log. 

RCPsych in Scotland

 RCPsych in Scotland have been busy as ever hosting six faculty conferences across Scotland. We’re are also working on our 2020 events including the Winter Meeting, which will include Catherine Calderwood, CMO at Scottish Government.

We responded to the stage 3 of the Independent Review of Learning Disability and Autism in the Mental Health Act, highlighting the gaps that the review has and how their recommendations will have unfortunate consequences on patients, decision-making, the prison service and Psychiatrists across Scotland. We have suggested our own recommendations that would make the lives of those with Learning Disability and Autism in Scotland better.

RCPsych Publishing updates

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 BulletinBJPsych International, and BJPsych Open are freely accessible online.

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EBMH: Call for Papers

Evidence-Based Mental Health is delighted to announce a forthcoming special issue about data science for mental health in February 2020. It will be guest edited by Anne Duffy (Queen’s University, Canada), Maria Faurholt-Jepsen (Copenhagen) and Michael Ostacher (Stanford).  Find out more, including how to submit your article to the issue.

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.

Recommend a new journal for the College Library

The College is currently reviewing the journals it provides access to for members via the Library.

You have access to a huge number of journals via our databases, PsychINFO, Medline AND Embase. On top of that the College specifically selects over 40 crucial journals based on recommendations from members including:

  • Lancet Psychiatry
  • American Journal of Psychiatry
  • Journal of Intellectual Disability
  • Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry

See the full list of journals (PDF).

We would love to hear any recommendations you have that would help you in your practice.

If you are particularly interested in shaping the services the College Library provides to members, you can volunteer to join the Library Committee, who review suggestions and decide which to buy.

Get in touch at infoservices@rcpsych.ac.uk

CPD eLearning

The time- and cost-effective route to CPD: have you started your online journey?

CPD eLearning 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.

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.

Voting in College Elections

Voting for Faculties, Divisions, Devolved Nations, PTC, SIGs and International Divisions will open on 11 December and close on 8 January. Find our more on our website about eligibility. Those eligible to vote will receive an email from the Electoral Reform Services with information on how to vote.

Elections FAQs

PLAN is launching its developmental option

The Psychiatric Liaison Accreditation Network (PLAN) is launching its developmental option! Recruitment is currently open for new members to join the network and be reviewed against the 6th edition of standards, due to be published later this year. It is an excellent opportunity to be a part of a national network, share good practice and identify areas of achievement and improvement within your team. To find more information please visit our page.

National Student Psychiatry Conference

The annual 2020 National Student Psychiatry Conference will be held in Bristol, it’s a great opportunity to meet senior psychiatrists and students from other medical schools, as well as to learn more about different areas within psychiatry.

Find out more and book your tickets

RCPsych MTI Scheme

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications from doctors who want to join the 2020 RCPsych Medical Training Initiative. The MTI scheme enables a small number of trainee psychiatrists from outside the EU to enter the UK to experience training in the NHS for up to two years, before returning to their home country. Applications from doctors must be received by 2 February 2020.

Please see our MTI page for all the information and documents required to apply.

Home Treatment Accreditation Scheme

The Home Treatment Accreditation Scheme (HTAS) has just published it’s 4th edition of standards! The standards are revised every two years and are used to review crisis resolution and home treatment teams in the UK and Ireland.

Download a copy of the standards

More information about the network and information on joining

RCPsych Curriculum Review – Proposed Curricula Framework

RCPsych is currently in the process of reviewing all psychiatry curricula by August 2020 and this will be implemented by August 2021. An integral part of this process is gaining feedback from our stakeholders to ensure that the curricula meets patient, service and training need. Please view our new proposed Curricula Framework for 2021 and find out how the future of psychiatry training curricula could look. Your feedback is invaluable to us so please let us know your thoughts in our online survey by 31st December 2019.

International Medical Graduates Conference – Friday 17 January 2020, RCPsych

This conference is an opportunity for all members of the psychiatric workforce, in particular International Medical Graduates, WAST trainees and trainers to share good practice and explore and celebrate diversity in the psychiatric workforce.

Join us for world café sessions on sharing good practice on supporting IMGs and sessions on differential attainment, how to develop your reflective practice, and identity and transition to Western culture.

Submit an abstract or world café session and secure your place

BAME in Psychiatry & Psychology – An event on men's mental health

Take part in an evening of engaging and informative conversations on Wednesday 22 January 2020 at King’s College London’s IoPPN.

Reserve your ticket, free of charge

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 October Kaleidoscope column.

Read the full November 2019 Kaleidoscope column in BJPsych.

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