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RCPsych responds to the CQC's State of Care report
RCPsych responds to the CQC's State of Care report

Professor Wendy Burn has responded to the CQC's annual assessment of the state of health and social care in England.

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15oct
New resources on OCD and memory problems for World Mental Health Day
New resources on OCD and memory problems for World Mental Health Day

To mark World Mental Health Day, we’re releasing two updated resources, designed to give those living with OCD or memory problems a better understanding of their illness.

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10oct by Digital team
Plans to transform mental health services set to fail if psychiatric roles aren’t filled, RCPsych survey suggests
Plans to transform mental health services set to fail if psychiatric roles aren’t filled, RCPsych survey suggests

One in 10 consultant psychiatric roles are unfilled, UK-wide RCPsych workforce census finds. College calls on more junior doctors to Choose Psychiatry – and for the Government to address workforce issues including the pensions crisis.

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03oct by RCPsych Press Office
RCPsych responds to Secretary of State for Justice’s speech at Conservative Party Conference 2019
RCPsych responds to Secretary of State for Justice’s speech at Conservative Party Conference 2019

Professor Pamela Taylor says "We would urge this government not to row back on a visionary and progressive agenda."

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02oct by Professor Pamela Taylor
Double the number of medical school places to stop mental health services imploding
Double the number of medical school places to stop mental health services imploding

THE number of medical school places in England must be doubled to stop NHS mental health services imploding in the future, says the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

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27sep by RCPsych Press Office
New guidance for medical schools launched to help more students choose psychiatry
New guidance for medical schools launched to help more students choose psychiatry

Today, we’re launching new guidance for medical schools on how to encourage students to #ChoosePsychiatry.

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26sep by RCPsych Press Office
College welcomes important new antidepressants trial
College welcomes important new antidepressants trial

The President of the College, Professor Wendy Burn, has commented on an "interesting and important" new trial of sertraline.

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19sep by RCPsych Press Office
Meet the candidates running to become the next RCPsych President
Meet the candidates running to become the next RCPsych President

The race is on to succeed Professor Wendy Burn as the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

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19sep by RCPsych Press Office
Better teacher training needed to tackle the increasing numbers of children with mental illness, say RCPsych
Better teacher training needed to tackle the increasing numbers of children with mental illness, say RCPsych

RCPsych call for better teacher training to tackle mental illness in young people

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05sep by RCPsych Press Office
Children exposed to severe stress during pregnancy ten times more likely to develop personality disorder
Children exposed to severe stress during pregnancy ten times more likely to develop personality disorder

Study highlights why expanding professional support for pregnant women is so vital

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05sep by RCPsych Press Office
Record number of drug-related deaths a 'wake-up call' to Government, says RCPsych
Record number of drug-related deaths a 'wake-up call' to Government, says RCPsych

RCPsych calls for action in wake of record number of drug deaths

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15aug by RCPsych Press Office
Target to treat extra 70,000 children with mental health problems met two years early, NHS England say
Target to treat extra 70,000 children with mental health problems met two years early, NHS England say

RCPsych welcomes hitting of target to treat extra 70,000 children and young people with mental health problems a year

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09aug
Northern Ireland receives funding boost for Perinatal training
Northern Ireland receives funding boost for Perinatal training

Mother and baby services in Northern Ireland are to receive a welcome boost thanks to a commitment to train more professionals in perinatal mental health care.

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07aug by RCPsych Press Office
Perinatal report welcomed by RCPsych in Northern Ireland
Perinatal report welcomed by RCPsych in Northern Ireland

The chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Perinatal Faculty in Northern Ireland has endorsed the findings of new research.

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26jul by RCPsych Press Office
Blueprint for transforming mental health care warmly welcomed by RCPsych
Blueprint for transforming mental health care warmly welcomed by RCPsych

NHS Mental Health Implementation Framework warmly welcomed by RCPsych

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25jul
Psychiatry should be at forefront of medical training, Health Education England says
Psychiatry should be at forefront of medical training, Health Education England says

RCPsych Dean Dr Kate Lovett welcomes HEE emphasis on psychiatry in medical training.

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19jul by RCPsych Press Office
College backs urgent call for new alcohol strategy
College backs urgent call for new alcohol strategy

The Government must urgently produce an updated and ambitious national alcohol strategy to tackle the escalating risk to public health, according to a letter signed by the College and other leading health organisations.

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18jul by RCPsych Press Office
Number of junior doctors choosing psychiatry at all time high
Number of junior doctors choosing psychiatry at all time high

The number of junior doctors choosing to train in psychiatry is at an all-time high, according to the latest statistics.

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11jul by RCPsych Press Office
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Honorary Fellowships and President's medals awarded during Congress

President medal winners and Honorary Fellows were presented with their awards at a glittering presentation ceremony during RCPsych's International Congress.

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03jul by RCPsych Digital team
President commends 'magnificent seven' for improving lives of mentally ill
President commends 'magnificent seven' for improving lives of mentally ill

A journalist, neuroscientist and psychologist are among the seven people awarded a President’s Medal for improving the lives of people with mental illness, at a ceremony during the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ annual International Congress.

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03jul by RCPsych Press Office
War veterans being failed by PTSD treatment, new research has found
War veterans being failed by PTSD treatment, new research has found

War veterans with severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) exhibit a range of physical symptoms that current treatments do not address, new research has found.

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28jun by RCPsych Press Office
Smartphone befriending scheme can improve the lives of people living with psychosis, new pilot study has found
Smartphone befriending scheme can improve the lives of people living with psychosis, new pilot study has found

Regularly texting or calling a volunteer ‘befriender’ can improve considerably the lives of people experiencing psychosis, a new study has found.

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28jun by RCPsych Press Office
RCPsych launches new site to help you track progress in mental health care
RCPsych launches new site to help you track progress in mental health care

Our new site will keep you in touch with how well the mental health system in England is performing.

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14jun by RCPsych Digital team
Living in greener areas reduces chance of depression in over 65s
Living in greener areas reduces chance of depression in over 65s

The likelihood of being depressed is significantly reduced for over-65s living in areas with more green spaces and vegetation, research has found.

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11jun by RCPsych Press Office
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New Fellows' Ceremony

We recently held our latest New Fellows’ Ceremony – which honours the amazing contributions of our senior members, from around the world, to the field of psychiatry.

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07jun by RCPsych Press Office
Top psychiatrists awarded in Queen's birthday honours
Top psychiatrists awarded in Queen's birthday honours

Today, Her Majesty the Queen announced the 2019 Birthday Honours list and we are delighted that two members of the Royal College of Psychiatrists are included. Professor Tamsin Ford CBE for services to psychiatry and Dr Shubulade Smith CBE for services to forensic intensive care.

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07jun by RCPsych Press Office
RCPsych releases Annual Report 2018
RCPsych releases Annual Report 2018

The report includes a review of the RCPsych’s performance as a medical royal college, and charity, in 2018, and a full breakdown of our annual accounts.

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07jun by RCPsych Press Office
RCPsych calls on NICE to update its antidepressant withdrawal advice
RCPsych calls on NICE to update its antidepressant withdrawal advice

Official guidance on coming off antidepressants needs to reflect the full range of patients’ experiences, the Royal College of Psychiatrists says today. Existing advice from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) – which provides national guidance to improve health and social care in England – suggests most people should be able to come off antidepressants over four weeks.

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29may by RCPsych Press Office
Early interventions needed to save lives of young adults with eating disorders
Early interventions needed to save lives of young adults with eating disorders

Investment in adult eating disorder services has failed to keep up with spending on care for children with conditions like anorexia and bulimia, creating an “unacceptable health inequality”, a report by the Royal College of Psychiatrists says today.

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20may by RCPsych Press Office
Probation service to be re-nationalised
Probation service to be re-nationalised

RCPsych responds to government announcement that all offender management is to be brought under the National Probation Service by spring 2021

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16may
New tools to tackle inequalities in mental health care by involving patients in service design
New tools to tackle inequalities in mental health care by involving patients in service design

Involving patients in developing mental health services is key to tackling inequality, NCCMH reports says

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09may
RCPsych 2019 ceremony for newly elected Fellows
RCPsych 2019 ceremony for newly elected Fellows

Yesterday, 24 April, the Royal College of Psychiatrists hosted the annual ceremony for our newly elected Fellows.

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25apr by RCPsych Press Office
Psychiatrists should consider impact of social media on all children they assess, leading medical body says for first time
Psychiatrists should consider impact of social media on all children they assess, leading medical body says for first time

Psychiatrists are being advised to consider the impact of social media on all children they assess for mental health problems.

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30mar by RCPsych Press Office
Drug companies must provide more vegan-friendly treatments for eating disorder patients, charities and union say
Drug companies must provide more vegan-friendly treatments for eating disorder patients, charities and union say

Eating disorder services are struggling to respect the dietary requirements of vegan patients who need to be fed through a tube because of a lack of available products, three leading health organisations have warned.

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20mar by RCPsych Press Office
Our response to the NHS Staff & Learners' Mental Wellbeing Commission Report
Our response to the NHS Staff & Learners' Mental Wellbeing Commission Report

Professor Wendy Burn, who took part in the commission into NHS staff wellbeing comments on the publication of the report.

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20feb by RCPsych Press Office
Our response to the NHS Long Term Plan
Our response to the NHS Long Term Plan

RCPsych President, Professor Wendy Burn, welcomes the government's long-term focus on mental health.

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07jan by RCPsych Press Office
Top psychiatrists awarded New Year’s Honours
Top psychiatrists awarded New Year’s Honours

We are delighted to announce that three of our leading psychiatrists, Dr Sridevi Kalidindi CBE, Dr Gertrude Seneviratne OBE, and Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones OBE, have been given New Year's honours from the Queen.

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28dec by RCPsych Press Office
RCPsych responds to the Mental Health Act Review
RCPsych responds to the Mental Health Act Review

RCPsych responds to the Mental Health Act Review.

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06dec by RCPsych Press Office
Mental Health Policy Group & Partner Organisations: Principles for mental health in the Long-Term NHS Plan
Mental Health Policy Group & Partner Organisations: Principles for mental health in the Long-Term NHS Plan

Consensus statement from the Mental Health Policy Group and partner organisations

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05dec by RCPsych Press Office
Landmark learning-from-deaths guidance launched
Landmark learning-from-deaths guidance launched

We launch the first-ever national guidance for NHS mental health trusts to ensure ways of improving services are learned from patients’ deaths.

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26nov by RCPsych Press Office
Our response to Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch report
Our response to Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch report

We respond to the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch's report on mental health in emergency departments.

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23nov by RCPsych Press Office
Our response to the prevalence survey on the Mental Health of Children and Young People in England
Our response to the prevalence survey on the Mental Health of Children and Young People in England

We respond to the latest survey of the mental health of children and young people in England.

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22nov by RCPsych Press Office
RCPsych responds to DHSC's announcement of a new plan for prevention in healthcare
RCPsych responds to DHSC's announcement of a new plan for prevention in healthcare

Dr Peter Byrne, RCPsych Lead for public mental health responds to a new plan on prevention in health care.

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05nov by RCPsych Press Office
Long waits for mental health treatment lead to divorce, job loss and money problems, RCPsych finds
Long waits for mental health treatment lead to divorce, job loss and money problems, RCPsych finds

RCPsych launches the latest Choose Psychiatry campaign.

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08oct by RCPsych Press Office
Our response to the publication of PHE's analysis on the prevalence of physical health conditions in patients with SMI
Our response to the publication of PHE's analysis on the prevalence of physical health conditions in patients with SMI

Dr Peter Byrne responds to PHE's analysis on the prevalence of physical health conditions in patients with SMI.

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27sep by RCPsych Press Office
  • RCPsych responds to the CQC's State of Care report
    RCPsych responds to the CQC's State of Care report

    Professor Wendy Burn has responded to the CQC's annual assessment of the state of health and social care in England.

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    15oct
  • New resources on OCD and memory problems for World Mental Health Day
    New resources on OCD and memory problems for World Mental Health Day

    To mark World Mental Health Day, we’re releasing two updated resources, designed to give those living with OCD or memory problems a better understanding of their illness.

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    10oct by Digital team
  • Anxiety and depression audit finds need for more shared decision-making and increased referrals to psychological therapies
    Anxiety and depression audit finds need for more shared decision-making and increased referrals to psychological therapies

    Today, a new report from the National Clinical Audit of Anxiety and Depression (NCAAD) shows significant gaps in the way service users with anxiety and depression are supported.

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    10oct by The National Clinical Audit of Anxiety and Depression (NCAAD)
  • Our 2019 careers campaign calls on medical students and junior doctors to Choose Psychiatry
    Our 2019 careers campaign calls on medical students and junior doctors to Choose Psychiatry

    Today, we’re launching the latest round of Choose Psychiatry, our campaign to attract more medical students and junior doctors to our specialty.

    More information Choose psychiatry
    07oct by Strategic Comms team
  • Presidential elections: Watch the College’s first ever hustings event
    Presidential elections: Watch the College’s first ever hustings event

    The three candidates for our Presidential elections were put through their paces at a hustings event at the College’s London office yesterday.

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    04oct by Digital team
  • Plans to transform mental health services set to fail if psychiatric roles aren’t filled, RCPsych survey suggests
    Plans to transform mental health services set to fail if psychiatric roles aren’t filled, RCPsych survey suggests

    One in 10 consultant psychiatric roles are unfilled, UK-wide RCPsych workforce census finds. College calls on more junior doctors to Choose Psychiatry – and for the Government to address workforce issues including the pensions crisis.

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    03oct by RCPsych Press Office
  • RCPsych responds to Secretary of State for Justice’s speech at Conservative Party Conference 2019
    RCPsych responds to Secretary of State for Justice’s speech at Conservative Party Conference 2019

    Professor Pamela Taylor says "We would urge this government not to row back on a visionary and progressive agenda."

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    02oct by Professor Pamela Taylor
  • Double the number of medical school places to stop mental health services imploding
    Double the number of medical school places to stop mental health services imploding

    THE number of medical school places in England must be doubled to stop NHS mental health services imploding in the future, says the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

    More information Choose psychiatry, Recruitment and retention, Career in psychiatry
    27sep by RCPsych Press Office
  • New guidance for medical schools launched to help more students choose psychiatry
    New guidance for medical schools launched to help more students choose psychiatry

    Today, we’re launching new guidance for medical schools on how to encourage students to #ChoosePsychiatry.

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    26sep by RCPsych Press Office
  • Mental health units dramatically cut use of restrictive practices
    Mental health units dramatically cut use of restrictive practices

    The use of physical restraint, seclusion and rapid tranquilisation have been dramatically reduced by over half of participating wards since joining an improvement programme led by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

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    24sep by RCPsych Press Office