News from the College
Psychs on Bikes cycle 100km to launch the new
Four of our psychiatrists, Adrian James, Phil
Davison, Michael Pearce and Julian Mason cycled 100km from Oxford
to London on 27 October as part of the launch of
the Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health’s (JCPMH)
for Commissioners of Financially, Environmentally, and Socially
Sustainable Mental Health Services. The Royal College of
Psychiatrists, the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, the Royal
College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Nursing and
five other leading organisations in mental health made a commitment
to a sustainable future for mental health.
Winners of the RCPsych Awards 2015
The winners of this year’s Royal College of
Psychiatrists Awards were announced at the annual ceremony – now in
its seventh year - at the college on November 10, which was hosted
by the presenter The Reverend Richard Coles. Some 300 guests
working in psychiatry and mental health attended – the largest
guest list to date. The full list of winners can be read
here. Presenting the Lifetime
Achievement Award to Professor Peter Tyrer from Imperial College’s
Centre for Mental Health was journalist and author, broadcaster and
former political aide, Alistair Campbell. The film made to
accompany Peter’s Lifetime Achievement Award can be viewed
Top 20 Trainee Membership benefits
The Membership department has produced a new
listing the top 20 benefits that College membership offers
Trainees and PMPT. The leaflet can also be accessed from the
PMPT registration website.
Equality for Mental Health campaign and the
On 2 November, College President Professor Sir
Simon Wessely joined forces with a number of individuals, including
Norman Lamb MP and Alastair Campbell, to launch the Equality for
Mental Health campaign. This was a cross-party, cross-society
campaign, aimed at persuading the Government before its Spending
Review, to help reduce the suffering of those with mental ill
health by increasing investment into the provision of mental health
services. Read more...
Initial details of the Spending Review
regarding the NHS can be found at Gov.UK and
our College response can be viewed here.
Request from the Informatics Committee to rate
your EPR system and help improve clinical software
The CCIO Leaders Network, the independent
network of NHS clinical information leaders, and Digital Health
Intelligence, the intelligence service on UK health IT, are asking
clinicians across the NHS to confidentially share their views on
what is good and what is bad about the key electronic patient
record and clinical software they use. The project, which runs to
the end of March, is the first time a survey of this kind has been
carried out nationally across all areas of the health
service. This builds on the 2013 National Mental Health
System Usability Study. Please take a few minutes to rate
The Royal College of Psychiatrists is pleased to announce the
return of Medfest – the UK’s only medical
film festival. Run by UK Psychiatry trainees, it aims to increase
interest in Psychiatry and to inspire others through the use of
film. Now in its sixth year, the theme of Medfest 2016 is ‘Framing
Trauma: Conflict and Medicine’. The team are in the early stages of
planning and are keen to get interested parties on board in our
venture to make 2016 the best year yet.
This month’s exclusive eNewsletter
In this month's exclusive interview Dr Kuljit Bhogal
speaks to Dr Lynne M. Drummond, Consultant Psychiatrist and Head of
South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust's
Specialist Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) and Body Dysmorphic
Disorder (BDD) Services.
College posts and external opportunities for
- Annual Elections –
Members, Specialist Associates
and Fellows of the College are reminded of their rights in
connection with the forthcoming elections for the vacancies on
Council for two elected Members or Specialist Associates and two
elected Fellows. The term of office is five years.
Nomination forms are available from Sue Duncan, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Annual Elections — the Other
Members, Fellows and
Specialist Associates of the College are reminded of their rights
in connection with the forthcoming elections for the offices of
Dean, Registrar and Treasurer. All Honorary Officers, with
the exception of the Dean and Treasurer, are eligible for
re-election. Nomination forms are available from
Sue Duncan, email email@example.com.
Vacancy for MRCPsych Paper A Panel
A vacancy has arisen for a new Chair of
the MRCPsych Paper A Panel to take up office in 2016. The
MRCPsych Paper A Panel Chair is responsible for all aspects of the
production of the MRCPsych Paper A questions and final selection of
the draft Examination Paper for approval by the Examinations
Opportunities for Higher Trainees to
gain experience of College Policy Work
There are two opportunities for Trainee
Psychiatrists ST4-ST6 to be involved with and support the policy
development work of the College, for a 12 month. One is as a
Trainee attachment to the RCPsych Policy Unit in London and the
other is as a Trainee attachment to the RCPsych in
Retirees: Do you have Wise Words to
Are you approaching the end of your
career? Do you wish you could pass on some of the insights that you
have learned? The e-newsletter team is looking for soon to be or
just retired members to take part in our new feature Wise
Words. We would like to interview you about your reflections
on your career and to capture any advice you have for those who
have just started their careers in psychiatry. The interview
format will be similar to the fifteen-minute interview articles
that have been published in recent e-newsletters. If you are
interested in taking part or know someone that might be interested,
please contact Kathryn.Stillman@rcpsych.ac.uk
for further information.
College in the media
The College has had good coverage in national,
regional and trade media in November around a variety of issues,
including the junior doctors’ dispute and the impact of welfare
benefits. Here is a selection:
College in Parliament – keep yourself updated
The Political Week
Interested in politics and public affairs?
Want to know how the Royal College is making sure the voice of
psychiatrists' and the patients are heard in Parliament? Happy to
have one more email filling up your inbox each Friday? If you
answer yes to all these questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
and he will add your email to the list of people who receive
our weekly 'political week' email. The Political Week contains a
short (normally two sides) brief sent out every Friday on all the
Parliamentary activity regarding psychiatry and mental health. This
will complement the monthly update on Parliamentary work that will
be included in future editions of this newsletter.
December’s Kaleidoscope column in the
British Journal of Psychiatry
This December’s Kaleidoscope column in the British Journal
of Psychiatry looks at the Tavistock Adult Depression Study (TADS),
the first RCT of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, the ROAMER
international consortium, and sugar.
month’s poll: your views wanted
The new junior doctor contract will jeopardise the recruitment
and retention of psychiatrists. Vote
Result of last month’s poll
When you send a letter to a GP, do you
usually send a copy to your patient?
63% said Yes, 35% said No; and 2% had no
Win a College mug in our monthly
All questions true or false; full answers will be in December’s
Kaleidoscope column in the BJPsych.
- The ‘TADS’ study, the first randomised controlled trial
of psychoanalytic psychotherapy (PP) in depression, has shown
significant benefits for this psychological intervention, but they
appear to rapidly decay with time.
- Studies on sugar consumption have shown it can make
alterations to brain reward functioning analogous to those induced
by illicit drugs.
- Preventative family intervention work for children of
adults with diagnosed anxiety disorders has shown benefit only in
those already displaying similar symptomatology to their
Please enter your name and email address along with the
questions you answered as true. Try the
Answers to last month's quiz - how well did you do?
- Three-year follow-up data from 2013’s controversial OCTET study
has shown that over the longer timeframe evaluated, Community
Treatment Orders (CTOs) do appear effective.
False, they did not appear to make any
- Following on parallel work in
adolescents, a large (700,000) adult cohort study has shown that a
low resting pulse rate and blood pressure are associated with a
greater risk of violent crime. True, several
theories on the cause/interpretation of physiological signals and
their interplay with antisocial behaviour exist, though none are
- A sample of 500 representative
Americans found that, when presented with vignettes on hypothetical
major life events, they believed that suicide was more acceptable
if one suffered a disability. True, even those who
had, or had family members with, disabilities, thought suicide was
more acceptable in such circumstances.
Congratulations to Ollie White for winning November’s
Lecture postponed -
‘Professional Students of Destruction: Psychiatry and War,
1914-1945’ by Professor Joanna Bourke.
This was due
to take place on Tuesday 1 December 2015, but has now been
postponed until early Spring. We will let you know the new
date once it has been confirmed.