RCPsych eNewsletter October 2019

In her October blog Wendy celebrates new College members, potential new Presidents and new opportunities to influence mental health services.

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Check out our video of the Presidential hustings and find out about more opportunities to hear from the candidates.

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Read Tim Ojo’s blog on why Black History Month remains as relevant and important as ever.

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The College has won awards for both its website and our mental health information about perinatal mental health.

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Read our response to the CQC’s newly released State of Care report – their annual assessment of the state of health and social care in England.

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The College is calling for the number of medical school places in England to be doubled to stop NHS mental health services imploding in the future.

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RCPsych in Northern Ireland

Read the Chair’s Activity Log.

RCPsych in Scotland

RCPsych Scotland have been extremely busy as we enter conference season. As well as our successful 25th Anniversary conference, we are hosting another eight faculty events this autumn.

We’ve had productive meetings with Scottish Government’s Mental Health Directorate and Chair of the Mental Health Review. We note the Cabinet Secretary’s announcement of increasing FY Psychiatry posts and will work closely with partners to oversee the roll-out.

The College was highlighted by two MSPs referencing psychiatry recruitment issues at First Minister’s Questions recently, culminating in a mention of the College and our Choose Psychiatry in Scotland campaign from the First Minister.

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 Bulletin, BJPsych 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.

Free and unlimited literature searches from your College library

One of the most popular and valuable resources the College Library provides for members is a free and unlimited Literature Searching Service. If you have a clinical query or are starting a piece of research you can contact us for support. We will search the online journals and databases and send you a list of relevant articles, books and more. You can check out some of our recent searches on our Library Services page.

To request a search all you need to do is call or email us on 020 3701 2520 / infoservices@rcpsych.ac.uk and tell us a little bit about your subject and any limits you wanted applied to results, such as research from the last ten years or published in the UK.

OpenAthens ebooks

Check out some of the ebooks you have access to via your RCPsych OpenAthens login:

  • Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines
  • Behavioral Treatments for Sleep Disorders
  • Massachusetts General Hospital Comprehensive Clinical Psychiatry
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Psychiatric Interviewing
  • Treatment of Eating Disorders

We’d love to hear if there are any other ebooks you’d like to see.

Contact the library to request your OpenAthens login.

CPD Online

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.

Psychiatry Curricula Review

RCPsych is currently in the process of reviewing all psychiatry curricula by August 2020 and this will be implemented by August 2021. The new curricula will be aligned to the GMC Framework for Postgraduate Medical Curricula 'Excellence by Design' (PDF) and Generic Professional Capabilities Framework (PDF). An integral part of this process is gaining feedback from our stakeholders to ensure that the 2020 curricula meets patient, service and training need. Your feedback is invaluable to us, please let us know your thoughts on our current curricula in our stakeholder survey.

NCAAD Audit Report

The National Clinical Audit of Anxiety and Depression (NCAAD) has published its first report to find out how services for people with anxiety and depression are performing so that quality of care that they offer can be improved. This audit focuses on the care and treatment service users received during and after a period of inpatient care, run by NHS Mental Health Trusts in England.

The full report, technical report and data tables can be found on our main NCAAD website.

Sexual Violence and Mental Health Conference

The Women’s Mental Health SIG are inviting you to attend the Sexual Violence and Mental Health conference at the College on the 6th December.

September poll

Agree/Disagree: "The government should take urgent action to increase the number of UK medical students."


July's poll results

"I believe the College’s Choose Psychiatry campaign is making a difference."

Agree: 69% Disagree: 31%

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 September Kaleidoscope column.

Read the full October 2019 Kaleidoscope column in BJPsych.

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