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

RCPsych eNewsletter January 2018

Professor Wendy BurnPresident’s Update

Wendy talks about New Year’s resolutions, driving recruitment in psychiatry and updates on the Mental Health Act.

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RCPsych highlighted stories

New Year's Honours

Several Members received honours in the New Year’s Honours list.

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‘Social Media Is Bad For Your Mental Health’

Nearly 600 schoolchildren came to the college for a fantastic debate on this topical subject.

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Don’t miss the President’s lecture

A date for your diary: book your place for Dame Stephanie Shirley’s lecture on how autism affects mental health.

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Members' magazine

Last year we launched a brand new magazine for Members called RCPsych Insight. On the eve of the third edition we’re asking – what do you think so far?

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Clinical Excellence Awards

Have you performed above and beyond in your role? If you have, it’s time to start preparing your ACCEA application.

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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 3

A Quality Improvement case study on work for by the Adult Learning Disability Unit in Durham.

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Other news

Tribunal – recruiting doctors

Mental health tribunal services in England and Wales are trying to recruit 80 doctors.

Members who are interested can find out full details on the Judicial Appointments Commission website.



Hundreds of medical students are expected to attend the National Student Psychiatry Conference (NSPC) at Brighton and Sussex Medical School on 27-28 January.

Members of the RCPsych Trainees team will be there to push the ‘Choose Psychiatry’ campaign and promote careers in psychiatry.

To attend, sign up for tickets.


SAS Doctors and Tutors

A special day is being arranged for SAS doctors and tutors providing hands-on insight into the CESR (Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration)

The event is taking place on 5 March in Preston, and is being organised by the college’s Equivalence Committee.

Dr Nandini Chakraborty, Associate Dean for Equivalence, said: “We hope that the day will give a true picture of the process and help break some myths.”

There will be around 60 places. If interested, please keep an eye on the CESR webpages.


College vacancies for members

Please check the website regularly for current posts.

Vacancies include:


Vacancies on Faculty and Division Committees

Nominations are now open for Faculty and Division Executive Committee vacancies. Members and Specialist Associates in good standing are invited to check the webpages of the following Divisions and Faculties for more details of current vacancies. Please complete the requested documentation to submit your nomination for election.

Faculties: Academic, Addictions, Forensic, Intellectual Disability, Medical Psychotherapy, Neuropsychiatry, Old Age, and Perinatal.

Divisions: Eastern, London, RCPsych in Wales, Northern & Yorkshire, North West, Trent, and South West.

Please contact for further information.


Vacancies on Psychiatric Trainees Committee

Pre- and post-membership trainees from the following Divisions are invited to submit a nomination to join the PTC to represent their Division. Please see the PTC webpage for more information on how to submit your nomination:

Divisions: RCPsych in Scotland, RCPsych in Wales, North West, South Eastern, Trent, and West Midlands.

Please contact or see the PTC pages for further information.


RCPsych events


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Monthly poll

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


Last month's poll results

Will digital technology will significantly improve mental health care in the next five years?

YES: 52% NO: 48%


BJPsych Kaleidoscope Quiz

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

Congratulations to our December quiz winner Mohamed Morsy. Answers can be found in last month’s Kaleidoscope column.


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