RCPsych eNewsletter

October 2020

Welcome to our eNewsletter for members

In this issue we spotlight our new patient information on stopping antidepressants, our recent events focusing on Black History Month, and the latest round of our award-winning Choose Psychiatry campaign.

The latest from the Devolved Nations

This month, The Mental Health Transition and Recovery Plan was published following a  statement by the mental health minister. We provided extensive input into this plan, which was recognised by the Minister herself in her statement. The plan includes potentially transformative proposals for the care and treatment of mental health, including the introduction of quality standards.

Our manifesto is also continuing to develop for next year’s elections, and we are in the process of hosting our first online conferences on behalf of our CAP and Psychotherapy faculties for early next month.

Professor James Walters and Prof Keith Lloyd presented to the Senedd cross party group on medical research, highlighting the opportunities for the mental health research environment in Wales, and the work of MRC Centre for neuropsychiatric genetics and genomics, and Swansea medical school respectively.

Dr Clementine Maddock gave evidence to the Welsh Government as a part of the inquiry into the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak, and its management, on health and social care in Wales.

We are delighted to announce that we will be holding a joint virtual conference with the Welsh Psychiatric Society on the 20 November.

Other news from around the College

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. Full instructions are available, and note BJPsych BulletinBJPsych International, and BJPsych Open are freely accessible online.

BJPsych Bulletin special issue: Placing poverty-inequality at the centre of psychiatry

How is poverty-inequality affecting patients? And what are the solutions? Those are just a couple of the penetrating questions posed by the latest issue of the BJPsych Bulletin, which centers on the theme of inequality and mental health.

October podcast out now - Community treatment orders: international perspective

Hosts Sachin Shah and Hamilton Morrin discuss the BJPsych International article "Community treatment orders: international perspective. They are joined by author Dr Georgios Mikellides. How effective are community treatment orders internationally and how can we best assess their effectiveness?

Listen to the podcast

Listen to our other podcasts (also on Spotify and Apple podcasts)

Read the Open Access article

Praxis Editorial Award

Calling all medical students and psychiatry trainees! Submit an editorial - the winning entry will be published in the journal in 2021.

Topic: ‘Is the climate a mental health crisis?’ 

Closing date: 6 December 2020

Entries should be sent to bjpbulletin@rcpsych.ac.uk.

Read the full details and rules

Access the Praxis online collection

Current Vacancies for BJPsych Journals and RCPsych Books Committee

BJPsych Open BJPsych Open is looking for an enthusiastic Digital Content Editor (voluntary position) to join its Editorial Board. The Digital Content Editor will work with the Board to develop digital content such as podcasts, video abstracts and themed collections to complement published articles.

Closing date: 30 November 2020

Apply now

The RCPsych Books Committee is also looking for new members: those who are interested can email publishing@rcpsych.ac.uk to enquire for details.

Spirituality in Psychiatry SIG bursary

The Spirituality in Psychiatry Special Interest Group have made available some funds to subsidise the attendance of medical students at their day conferences.

Find out more

WMHSIG Essay Prize 2020

The Women and Mental Health SIG's essay competition for 2020 is now open. 

Arts and Psychiatry SIG announces evolving exhibition

Our Arts and Psychiatry SIG (ArtSIG) will soon be inviting its members to contribute to the College’s first evolving exhibition.

This will take two forms, both on the theme 'I AM HERE':

  • A visual art competition - with a cash prize and chance to be included on the cover of BJPsych! Longlisted entries will be included on a virtual online gallery on the RCPsych website.
  • A written word 'exquisite corpse' created by, and for, the membership and evolving over time. Composed of single sentences, this will be updated weekly on the College website.

Find out more

After running a hugely successful summer series of Congress webinars we are now looking for proposals for sessions and masterclasses for next year’s Congress that will take place on 21 – 24 June 2021 with a theme of Psychiatry in Changing Times.

After the COVID-19 pandemic put a stop to our 2020 International Congress we  hope to be back in 2021 with a programme bigger and better than ever. We understand there is still some uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the running of live events but we want to assure you that we are considering all eventualities and are planning for attendees and speakers to be able to participate virtually. We would like to thank you for your continued support of this event, and our aim to make it the most prestigious mental health event in the world.

If you would like to help us shape the programme, please submit your proposal by 13 November 2020.

Read our guidance on how and where to submit

If you have any queries regarding your submission please contact congress@rcpsych.ac.uk.

The shortlists have been announced for the prestigious RCPsych Awards, with winners due to be revealed at an online event on 19 November.

This year sees a brand new award for Psychiatry Society of the year, as well as all the usual awards for outstanding individuals and teams.

In the running for Psychiatrist of the Year are Professor Henrietta Bowden-Jones, Dr Peter Byrne and Dr Santoshkumar Mudholkar, all looking to follow Dr Lade Smith, who won the award in 2019.

For a full list of those shortlisted in each category, see RCPsych Awards 2020.