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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

RCPsych eNewsletter May 2017

President’s Update

Simon WesselySimon talks about the impact the election could have on mental health care policy, and how the royals have helped move mental health higher up the agenda.




RCPsych highlighted stories

What’s in our manifesto for 2017-2022?

What are our five big asks from the next Government? Read about our mental health manifesto.



Great learning resource

MindEd provides online training on 300 topics relating to the mental health of children and young people. It contains great content for you, and for service users and their families.



Let’s engage!

Meet Dr Santosh Modulkar, the Associate Registrar responsible for membership engagement.


Other news

Royal College of Psychiatrists Parliamentary Scholar Programme

Professor the Baroness Hollins, former President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, runs a successful special interest session for ST4-6 trainees training in psychiatry of intellectual disability.

The scheme enables senior trainees to spend one day a week at the House of Lords to develop leadership and other skills necessary to influence policy on mental health matters.

We’re now looking to expand the opportunity to support up to four ST4-6 trainees drawn from the range of psychiatric subspecialties to use their special interest sessions to develop experience in parliamentary affairs.

Further details and how to apply (PDF)

Applicants are required to submit a CV and supporting statement (no more than one side of A4) to Kate Lovett, Dean. Email:

Closing date for applications 31 May 2017.  Interviews will be held on 20 July 2017.

Just out: Modern Management of Perinatal Psychiatric Disorders (2nd edn)

RCPsych’s Publications team is pleased to announce the publication of Modern Management of Perinatal Psychiatric Disorders (2nd edn) by Carol Henshaw, John Cox and Joanne Barton.

This book provides a comprehensive overview of mental health problems associated with pregnancy and the year after delivery.

Correct management of these problems is essential for both the mother and the developing infant.

This is an essential text for all psychiatrists who work with pregnant women or new mothers, plus for trainees in perinatal psychiatry.


How can technology help people with mental health problems?

Online support groups, smartphone apps, computer games, virtual reality, virtual therapists, robots…there are so many big emerging ideas about how digital technology can be used for mental health.

But what’s the best way to use the technology?


Mental Health in Primary Care

The College is partnering with the King’s Fund on a conference on Mental Health in Primary Care on 7 June 2017, 8.30-5.00pm.

Members will receive a 10% discount - please use the promotional code: RCP_10 when you register.


Doctors without a Designated Body - your views needed

The College would like to hear the views of Members and Fellows who are currently working outside of a substantive NHS post and who do not have a connection to either a Designated Body or Suitable Person for the purpose of revalidation.

We want to gauge the level of support available for you and understand what support the College might be able to provide. Please visit the Designated Body survey for College members and give us your feedback by 31 May.

Applications are now open for RCPsych Sustainable Scholarships!

This is an opportunity for advanced trainees in psychiatry to use their one day per week for professional development to work with the RCPsych Sustainability Committee.

You will have the opportunity to lead on a project, contribute to a national forum and develop your skills as a leader.


Making mental health patients’ voices heard in the 2017 general election

Ahead of the general election on 8 June the Royal College of Psychiatrists is working with Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust to encourage mental health patients and service users to register to vote and get their voice heard.

Mental health patients have been found to be half as likely to be registered to vote as the general population despite having the same right to vote as the general population. Lack of information and awareness of eligibility to vote or of the registration process leads to far lower turn out, making those with mental illness one of the most .

Staff have an important role in raising patients’ awareness of their right to vote and to provide support who need help to register or to vote. Resources are available to highlight voting rights information to patients and staff including a leaflet for patients and a ward poster.

College vacancies for members

Please check the website regularly for current posts.

Vacancies include:

RCPsych events

Around the devolved nations

RCPsych in Northern Ireland: chair’s update

RCPsych in Scotland: update on the Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027

RCPsych in Wales: consultations and public engagement - read the latest news

What’s new online

  • PsychiatryOnline is the web portal of American Psychiatric Association Publishing.

    Our newest Library resources providing free access to a range of textbooks and journals from the American Psychiatric Association, including DSM-5 resources.

    You must login with a RCPsych Open Athens account - if you don’t yet have one please email the Library to register.

Monthly poll

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. Vote now.

BJPsych Kaleidoscope Quiz

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

Congratulations to our April quiz winner Tahir Jokinen.  Answers can be found in last month’s Kaleidoscope column.


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