RCPsych eNewsletter

September 2020

Welcome to our eNewsletter for members

In this issue we reflect on several recent successes for the College, including the succesful delivery of our online CASC exams and the award-winning performance of our Choose Psychiatry campaign.

The latest from the Devolved Nations

We fed into inquiries around the necessity of retaining the emergency measures introduced at the start of the pandemic, arguing these remain essential at this time. This included attending a parliamentary committee and successfully persuading the committee of the necessity of retaining these measures at this time.

We have represented our members and the issues they are facing in the Scottish Government’s COVID stakeholder group, feeding into guidance they are submitting to clinicians and helping to directly inform policy development. This includes efforts to look beyond the immediate pandemic.

We fed in on behalf of the College to the Scottish Government’s Mental Health Transition & Recovery Plan. This saw them outline their proposals to build back better form the pandemic, and they took in a number of our key points around including measures for those with severe mental ill health.

We ensured the perspective of psychiatrists was represented across the Scott Review into Mental Health Law’s working groups. We have also worked with the review to get a commission to contribute directly to its work through developing clinical scenarios.

We held our latest STARG and Devolved Council meetings with extensive discussions on what good looks like for mental health services post-COVID. We are in the process of finalising a project to capture member’s views on this issue in conjunction with Scottish Government.

We are in the process of developing a manifesto for next year’s Holyrood elections, which we will consult widely among the membership.

We developed a produced a webinar on the mental health impact of the pandemic on vulnerable children. This has gone live and was provided to a parliamentary committee to feed into its inquiry on this issue.

We welcomed news of a successive 100% fill rate into core training posts in Wales, trainees have received an induction with HEIW and we have issued a new digital welcome booklet.

Our work with Welsh Government and NHS Wales on COVID recovery and restoration continues to pick up pace, we have seen the formation of advisory groups and we'll also be publishing our guidance alongside giving evidence to the Senedd's health committee.

Elsewhere we're excited to announce our Winter conference with the Welsh Psychiatric Society on the 20th November.

Other news from around the College

Access to RCPsych Journals

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Digital Content Editor (voluntary position)

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 to complement published articles, thereby enhancing the journal’s author offer and reader experience.

Find out more about the Digital Content Editor position

Nominations have opened for various elected posts on Faculties, Divisions, DNs, SIGs and the PTC.

The closing date for nominations is 5pm Monday 19 October.

Read the full list of vacancies along with forms and FAQs

MindEd is a Health Education England funded e-learning platform, hosted by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. MindEd provide free access to e-learning about the mental health of children, young people, adults and older people. All MindEd content is written, edited and created by experts.

MindEd are looking for an experienced, clinically trained psychologist or psychiatrist for the role of MindEd Content Editor (CE). The CE will be trained in the MindEd editorial process and will use these to provide clinical and editorial leadership for a specific scope of e-learning content within the MindEd programme.

Find out more about the role

The College is delighted to announce a new Special Interest Group (SIG) which will be focused on Digital Psychiatry. The SIG will primarily focus on four areas: technology in clinical practice, research insights, educational opportunities and community building. Their work will enhance evidence-based leadership within the field of mental health and technology.

In order for the SIG to be ratified by the Council and begin work, support from members is required. To find out more and to note your support of the SIG, please visit the Digital SIG page.

The South West Division are running the following prizes virtually, in conjunction with the Autumn Biannual Meeting on 13 November 2020:

  • Lisa Thomas Poetry Prize – open to anyone with a connection to mental health
  • Divisional Poster Prize – open to all Psychiatric Trainees, SAS and Specialty Doctors, working in the South West Division who are Specialist Associates, Affiliates, PMPTs or Members of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Find out more about the prizes

RCPsych’s Neuroscience Project is partnering with Physics of Medicine, a 3-year programme generating collaborative research at the physical/life sciences interface aiming to create a sustainable, clinically-focused, network community.

Physics of Medicine will deliver multidisciplinary workshops addressing key clinical and biological challenges, starting with an online launch (Wednesday 14 October, 1.30pm-5pm) and the first workshop 'Physics of Brains' (Wednesday/Thursday 18/19 November, 1pm-5pm). Participation is free, but registration is required. They are also inviting suggestions for workshop themes for which funding is available.

Physics of Medicine is supported by the Rosetrees Trust and UKRI (MRC, EPSRC and BBSRC).

Visit Physics of Medicine for more information.

The Psychiatrists' Support Service has been running now for over 10 years and we would like to ask our college members for some feedback. We would appreciate if you could complete our brief survey.

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