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RCPsych in Wales Monthly update

It’s common for staff and members at the College in Wales to take up their remaining annual leave and look after the kids over the summer holidays, yet despite this it has been as busy as always. We have been liaising with the Central College’s publications department, finalising the draft report on Core Values for Psychiatrists CR204. The Report was published 5 September and can be found here. In the meantime, the College in Wales has drafted a response to the Welsh Government White Paper Services Fit for Purpose and has begun responding to three Assembly inquiries including the review into Welsh Government’s programme for improving CAMHS, a review into Welsh Government’s policies and programmes for improving physical exercise in children, and the experiences of looked after children.

We met with the Medical Royal Academy for Wales lead on End of Life Care to discuss our involvement in their upcoming campaign.

We drafted a report to the RCGP on our proposals to establish a joint primary care and mental health working group.

We met with an expert from Auckland University of Technology to discuss how Wales is treating people with mental health who smoke. Welsh Government plans to launch a consultation soon to propose extending the smoking ban to mental health units.

We met with the Obesity Policy Sub-group to provide input into the Welsh Government’s Obesity Strategy for Wales.

We also met with the Programme Board Director of the development of Health Education Improvement Wales (similar to NES and HEE) who has promised that the Royal Colleges in Wales will be included in talks before and after the creation of this body.

We had a meeting with RCS, RCSL and Alzheimer’s Society to discuss our evidence to the Health, Sport and Social Care Committee’s Inquiry into the use of antipsychotic medication in care homes.

The RCPsych in Wales launched the College wide recruitment campaign ‘Choose Psychiatry’ on 11 September. We had lots of interest from the media and several members were interviewed on television and radio.

We are hosing our Old Age Faculty conference on 15 September. ‘The Wholistic Psychiatrist’ will focus on Dementia and end of life care.


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