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RCPsych eNewsletter June 2017

President’s Update

President's BlogIn his final blog as President, Simon looks back at what’s been achieved in the last three years, and the challenges ahead.





RCPsych highlighted stories

New quarterly magazine

Later this month we’re launching a fantastic new quarterly magazine for Members.



Book now for RC Psych Congress 2017

Four days, over 100 sessions, more than 2,000 delegates from 50 countries. Have you booked your place yet?



In the running

Put your best foot forward – join the college’s new running club. Walkers welcome too!



Improving access

We’ve produced guidance to help commissioners improve mental health access for the Deaf community.



The Female Mind: A user’s guide

Sign up for a reduced rate on this great new publication, which provides an overview of how gender and sexuality affect mental health.


Other news

Message from the Registrar

For Faculty and Divison Chairs: It is essential that Mental Health providers link in with the appropriate individuals. There is concern that the approach they are wanting to take is not well informed and could result in a reduction of funds in secondary care, resulting in a further reduction in access to evidence based care.

We urge the mental health clinical leads in each STP to contact their delivery partner and ensure decisions are made jointly and sensibly with CCGs and not in isolation, without Trust input.


College success!

RCPsych has successfully bid for the National Clinical Audit of Psychosis (NCAP).

We’ve been commissioned for an initial period of three years as part of the national clinical audit and patient outcome review programme (NCAPOP).

In this role we’ll examine the care being provided to patients with psychosis by secondary mental health care services in England and Wales.

In particular, we’ll be looking at the way physical health is treated and assessed, health promotion, prescribing practice, use of evidence-based psychological treatments and access to services at times of crisis. 

For more information, please visit


Psychopharmacology Committee has new Chair

We are pleased to announce that Prof David Baldwin has been appointed as the new Chair of the College's Psychopharmacology Committee, to take office from 28 June 2017.

David Baldwin is Professor of Psychiatry and Head of the Mental Health Group in the Clinical and Experimental Sciences Academic Unit of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton.

David was Secretary for External Affairs of the British Association for Psychopharmacology between 2000/03 and 2005/07, and Chair of the Psychopharmacology Special Interest Group of the Royal College of Psychiatrists between 2007/11.

As Chair of the Psychopharmacology Committee he will strive to ensure the Committee acts to consolidate and extend the knowledge and skills in psychopharmacology of psychiatry trainees and consultants, and to deepen public understanding of the potential role of psychotropic drugs in reducing the burden of psychiatric illness.


Introduction of Foundation Doctor Associate Grade

This is a new membership grade set to launch at Congress in June.

It’s free to join and provides a range of benefits to foundation trainees who are interested in careers in psychiatry.

Registration isn’t open yet, but anyone who is interested can pre-register by sending their details as explained in the Student Associates section of the website.


Reminder - RCPsych Fellowship

There is still some time to apply for a Fellowship at the College. The deadline for submission is 30 June 2017.

Fellowship of the College is awarded as a mark of distinction and recognition of contributions to psychiatry.

To apply, or support someone else’s application, you must be able to show evidence of significant contributions to the core purposes of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Please see our information about the different types of membership and how to apply.


Advanced trainees take notice!

The applications are open for the RCPsych Sustainability Scholarships 2017/18. Use your study day to work with the college on a national project.


College vacancies for members

UK representative to the UEMS (European Union of Medical Specialists) Psychiatry Section

This voluntary role will take you on average half a day per month, with the agreement of your employer. You will also need to attend a biannual three day residential meeting.

College Members who would like to be considered for this post should read the job description and submit a short CV and statement expressing interest and demonstrating experience (one A4 side) for the attention of the Dean, Dr Kate Lovett, via the International Liaison Manager    

Read more about the role.


Deputy Chair - Combined Committee for Accreditation

This is a secondment, being offered as a 2 year fixed term contract, one day per month.

The Combined Committee is a sub-committee of College Council that formally accredits clinical services. 

The Deputy Chair will support the Chair to ensure that accreditation decisions are robust, consistent and fair. The successful candidate will have a nursing background and have experience of chairing high-level committees.

Read more about the role.

RCPsych events

For more see the events calendar.

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Monthly poll

Every psychiatrist should be on twitter... Vote now.

Last month's poll results

There is traditionally a low election turnout among psychiatric patients. Psychiatrists should help make their patients aware of their right to vote in the General Election.

YES: 82% NO: 18%

BJPsych Kaleidoscope Quiz

Read the commentary in this month’s BJPsych Kaleidoscope and take the quiz for your chance to win.

Congratulations to our May quiz winner Daniel Leahy.  Answers can be found in last month’s Kaleidoscope column.

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