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

RCPsych eNewsletter February 2018

Professor Wendy BurnPresident’s Update

Wendy hails the great news that CCGs must meet the Mental Health Investment Standard.

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RCPsych highlighted stories

Stephen Fry: "Choose psychiatry"

Stephen Fry urged hundreds of medical students at a college event this month – Choose psychiatry!

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Green Paper Webcast with Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt and our own Jon Goldin were on a webchat panel discussing the Green Paper on Children and Young People’s mental health.

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Mental Health Act review

We’ve submitted our comments as part of the Mental Health Act review – see what we said.

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Surviving stigma

An insightful and thought-provoking interview with a recovering alcoholic, about how the stigma of addiction affects all aspects of life.

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Clinical Excellent Awards – submit your entry

It’s time to submit your entry for the Clinical Excellence Awards 2018.

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A scholar speaks

One of the college’s Parliamentary Scholars reflects on her experiences at Westminster.

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Spotlight on quality – case study 4

A Quality Improvement case study on work for by the Merseycare NHS Foundation Trust, focusing on preventing suicide.

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Other news

Project led by the Royal College of Psychiatrists Psychiatric Trainees’ Committee

Staying safe – a trainee-led review into fatigue within psychiatry.

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The NCAP report launch at RCPsych International Congress

The NCAP is a three-year improvement program which aims to increase the quality of care that NHS Mental Health Trusts in England and Health Boards in Wales provide to people with psychosis.

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College vacancies for members

Please check the website regularly for current posts.

Vacancies include:


RCPsych events


What’s new online

  • RCPsych in Northern Ireland's chair's update

  • RCPsych in Scotland update

    The RCPsych in Scotland Winter Meeting took place at the end of January, with the event covering sessions on Realistic Psychiatry and Quality Improvement as well as Developmental Disorders in Adults. The College in Scotland also supported the Scottish Psychiatry Winter School held at Glasgow University on 19 & 20 January. Despite the dismal weather conditions, the event was well attended and feedback has been very positive. A big thanks to Prof. Daniel Smith and Esme Beer (President, Glasgow University Psychiatry Interest Group) for getting this organised. The next events in February include the Management & Leadership Skills Course for Senior Trainees, Media Training and the Retired Group Meeting, all of which are taking place in house.

  • CPD Online eNewsletter

  • Psychiatrist Support Service

    Psychiatrists experiencing personal or professional difficulties can access free, confidential support - call on 020 7245 0412.

  • European Division Spring Conference 2018

    The RCPsych European Division is very pleased to announce that it will be holding its first conference on 16 March 2018 in Dublin. The exiting programme includes incudes presentations from Professor Norman Sartorius, Professor George Ikkos and Dr Derek Tracy. Register now!

  • NIHR Research Professorships

    NIHR is prioritising mental health across many of its programmes this year. This includes NIHR Research Professorships, and one of our own NIHR Research Professors is available for anyone thinking of applying and wanting top tips. Do email her after checking that you would be eligible to apply: The competition will open in September, but the programme is available now:

  • Sponsorship for Trainees Online (TrOn)

    The RCPsych Gatsby/Wellcome Neuroscience Project is very pleased to have secured £100,000 in sponsorship to fund further development of modules for ‘Trainees Online’ (TrOn), the popular learning resource published by the College to support trainees in preparing for MRCPsych exams. TrOn was created to supplement existing provisions such as contact with clinical and educational supervisors, teaching by senior staff in mental health services, and attendance at the local MRCPsych course.

  • Staying safe – a trainee-led review into fatigue in psychiatry

    This is a project led by the Royal College of Psychiatrists Psychiatric Trainees’ Committee (PTC) and we need your help by completing this survey to build the evidence to make improvements in our training and the working conditions in your local area.

  • Psychiatric Trainees Committee (PTC) Elections

    Elections are now open for trainees to join the PTC from the following regions; Scotland, North West, South East, Trent, Wales and West Midlands. The deadline for applications is Friday 9 March. Please see our website for more details of how to apply.


  • Member access to RCPsych Journals

    The College has now partnered with Cambridge University Press to publish RCPsych journal and book titles. Visit your members' dashboard to manage your subscription preferences and opt in/out of receiving the print versions of BJPsych International and BJPsych Bulletin.

  • RCPsych Insight Feedback

    What did you think of the latest edition of RCPsych Insight? Email us your thoughts to, or tweet us using the hashtag #RCPsychInsight.


Monthly poll

Campaigning to recruit and retain psychiatrists should be the college’s biggest priority of 2018 ?


Last month's poll results

Is it important for psychiatry that College members win national awards?

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.

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


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