RCPsych eNewsletter September 2019

In her September blog, Wendy talks about party conferences, Presidential election candidates and the World Congress of Psychiatry in Portugal.

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The candidates have been announced and the Presidential hustings are just around the corner. Election fever is gripping the College!

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We’re looking for social media champions to support the College’s drive to encourage more people to choose psychiatry as a career.

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Find out who the contenders are for Psychiatrist of the Year, and explore each of the other categories in our annual awards.  

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Bitesized teaching is an innovative way for improving physical health knowledge for clinical staff working in mental health settings. This story focuses on the scheme on a ward in Chesterfield.

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Did you know the College has two multi-source feedback systems available to psychiatrists to help with personal development? Read more on the ACP feedback system.

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NHS England published guidance for local areas on how to deliver the mental health ambitions within the NHS Long Term Plan through the development and delivery of their local plans for the next 5 years.  

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Halfway through the national Reducing Restrictive Practice programme, Dr Amar Shar says results so far are ‘hugely inspiring’.

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RCPsych in Northern Ireland

Read the monthly activity log.

RCPsych in Scotland

We are hosting our two-day autumn meeting on the 19-20 September at Dunblane Hydro, which will celebrate 25 years of the College office in Scotland.

Our Personality Disorder Campaign celebrated the one year anniversary of the launch of the PD in Scotland report. We were delighted to see our PD recommendation for a managed network being included in the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government.

We have worked on a Scottish Government Civil Emergency and how this would impact Mental Health Consultation.

RCPsych in Wales

RCPsych Wales have just released a summer newsletter (PDF) with information about recent events and achievements, this includes news of an 100% fill rate into core training in Psychiatry.

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.

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.

PIPSIG bursary

PIPSIG's Executive Committee has decided to set up an annual bursary for early stage Psychiatrists to help develop their entrepreneurial passions and activities. This bursary is worth £1000.

Applications: Are now open for the bursary. If you have a great idea and would like to develop this further, please contact Dr. Tom Carnwath at tomcarnwath@gmail.com, and I will send you an application form.

Deadline: All entries for this year must be submitted by 30 November 2019.

World Suicide Prevention Day

This year, 10 September marked the annual World Suicide Prevention Day. At the College, colleagues across departments joined forces to have a conversation together while wearing their clothes inside out. Why? To support the campaign Inside Out, run by suicide prevention charity ‘If U Care Share’, to raise awareness around suicide and the importance of a conversation. IUCF believes talking makes a difference, that suicide is preventable and, in some cases, talking about how we feel can save lives. So, let’s strive to have this conversation with people every day. You may just save a life one day.

Elections for College committees

Nominations are now open for positions on College Faculties, Divisions, Devolved Nations, International Divisions, Special Interest Groups and the Psychiatric Trainees Committee. See our page for the full list of vacancies along with all the documents needed to apply. Contact elections@rcpsych.ac.uk for more information.

RCPsych Awards shortlists announced

The shortlists have been announced for this year’s RCPsych Awards. Winners will be awarded at a ceremony held on 8 November at the College. Follow along with the ceremony on Twitter with #RCPsychAwards.

See the full shortlists

New RCPsych Network addressing Rough Sleepers

Under the NHS England’s Long Term Plan for Mental Health, there is promised financial support to increase mental health provision to rough sleepers with the intention that there will be more psychiatrists assigned to work in this area. Jenny Drife is the College lead on Rough Sleeping and is keen to hear from psychiatrists who might be interested in setting up a network to share learning and peer support across England.

If you’re interested can you email jenny.drife@slam.nhs.uk directly.

Top 10 sustainability tips

Members can now read the top 10 practical ways to be a sustainable psychiatrist (PDF). This list embeds the four principles of sustainable healthcare in our services, which will improve the sustainability of our practice.

The Japanese Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (JSPN) Fellowship Award

JSPN is now accepting applications for the 2020 JSPN Fellowship Award which is presented to early-career psychiatrists from around the world. As the UK Member of the World Psychiatric Association, the RCPsych can nominate 2 UK members for this Fellowship and is now inviting interested candidates to contact the RCPsych. Eligibility criteria and the application process can be found on our prizes, bursaries and awards page.

September poll

Agree/Disagree: "I believe the College’s Choose Psychiatry campaign is making a difference."


July's poll results

"Psychiatry should be a vital part of every junior doctors’ training."

Agree: 93% Disagree: 7%

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 July Kaleidoscope column.

Read the full September 2019 Kaleidoscope column in BJPsych.

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