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RCPsych eNewsletter March 2017

President’s Update

President's BlogThe gentle art of winning friends and influencing people.






RCPsych News

One year on: how you can help

A year on from publication of game-changing mental health reports, read Prof Tim Kendall’s progress report and watch our short video.



Awards 2017: Call for entries

Make your nominations for the RCPsych Awards and the Clinical Excellence Awards.



Panel discussion on radicalisation

Come to our panel discussion ‘Psychiatry and the Prevent strategy to counter radicalisation’.


Other news: UMbRELLA

UMbRELLA (Uk Medical Revalidation Evaluation coLLAboration) is conducting a piece of research looking at whether revalidation mechanisms, through appraisal, can facilitate the identification and remedy of potential concerns before they become fitness to Practice (FtP) referrals. UMbRELLA is keen to speak to doctors who have been involved in a GMC FtP referral.

More details, including criteria for participating, are in the attached letter.

If you’d like to find out more, please contact: by the beginning of March 2017. All responses will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

Other news: New commissioning guide for MUSThe Joint Commissioning Panel has produced a new commissioning guide for medically unexplained symptoms.

The guide is about the commissioning of comprehensive MUS services across the healthcare system.

It aims to:

  • describe MUS and the associated outcomes
  • outline current service provisions for MUS and detail the components of a high quality comprehensive MUS service, and
  • highlight the importance of commissioning comprehensive MUS service.

The JCP consists of a range of stakeholder organisations, including RCPsych.


Other news: Out now, our magazine for trainees

The Registrar


The latest issue of our magazine for trainees, The Registrar, is out now.

It’s full of interesting articles for trainees at all levels, providing a platform to share thoughts, opinions, reflections and innovations in written form.

Included this month is an update on the neuroscience project we’re running, in partnership with Gatsby Wellcome.

See the latest issue of The Registrar.




Other news: New technologies - call for papers

The November issue of Evidence-Based Mental Health will be a special issue on new technologies and digital innovation in mental health.

The call for papers is now open, with submissions due in by 15 June.

The College co-owns EMBH with the BMJ and the British Psychological Society. Members can gain free access to the online edition via the link on the Members’ page on the College website.

College vacancies for members

Please check the website regularly for current posts.

Vacancies include:

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BJPsych Kaleidoscope Quiz

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

Congratulations to our February quiz winner John Bainton.

Answers can be found in last month’s Kaleidoscope column.

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