RCPsych eNewsletter June 2017
In his final blog as President, Simon looks back
at what’s been achieved in the last three years, and the challenges
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!
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
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.
RCPsych has successfully bid for the National Clinical Audit of
We’ve been commissioned for an initial period of three years as
part of the national clinical audit and patient outcome review
In this role we’ll examine the care being provided to patients
with psychosis by secondary mental health care services in England
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 www.rcpsych.ac.uk/NCAP.
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
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
Introduction of Foundation Doctor Associate Grade
This is a new membership grade set to launch at Congress in
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
For more see the events
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What’s new online
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
Congratulations to our May quiz winner Daniel
Leahy. Answers can be found in last month’s Kaleidoscope column.