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

RCPsych eNewsletter March 2018

Professor Wendy BurnPresident’s Update

Wendy reflects on our efforts to keep the Five Year Forward View for mental health on track, and recalls a busy month personally.

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RCPsych highlighted stories

  • Shortage of CAMHS psychiatrists

    RCPsych is calling for NHS Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists to be added to the National Shortage Occupation List.

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  • Help needed for older addicts

    Growing numbers of baby-boomers are seeking help for substance misuse, our Invisible Addicts report out this month has highlighted.

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  • Seeking equality

    Do male and female mental health patients receive the same treatment in terms of resource allocation? Have your say.

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  • RCPsych Awards 2018

    It’s time to nominate the outstanding teams and people who are making a real difference to mental health services.

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  • Call for Nominations for National Honours

    The college is calling for nominations and would like to hear about psychiatrists of all ages who have made a difference.

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  • A scholar speaks

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

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RCPsych events


What's new online

  • RCPsych in Northern Ireland's chair's update


  • RCPsych in Scotland update

    Activities this month for RCPsych in Scotland include preparing to meet the Information Services Division Scotland about one of their mental health datasets, facilitating the Faculty of Addictions Psychiatry Annual Conference, and having a meeting of the Scottish Training & Recruitment Group.  The team continue to work on ongoing consultations, and are organising for forthcoming Liaison, Eating Disorder and Intellectual Disability Faculty meetings.


  • RCPsych in Wales eNewsletter


  • CPD Online eNewsletter


  • Psychiatrist Support Service

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


  • 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.


  • Fellowship 2018 – Call for entries

    Call for entries for the Fellowship of the College is now open!

    Fellowship of the College is awarded as a mark of distinction and recognition of contributions to psychiatry. As it is a College award, candidates and citators are asked to demonstrate and evidence significant contributions to the core purposes of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Applications welcome until 30 June 2018.


  • Diabetes and Liaison Psychiatry Working Group

    The Liaison Faculty Executive Committee is setting up a working group in Diabetes Liaison Psychiatry with an inaugural meeting at the Liaison Faculty conference on 17 May 2018.


  • Survey by Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust

    Do male and female mental health patients receive the same treatment in terms of resource allocation? That’s the question two psychiatrists in Dorset are asking.

    Dr Tamsin Peachey and Dr Aneal Sidhu, from Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust would love your help to work out if what’s happening at local level is reflected across the UK.

    Members are asked to complete this short survey.


  • Would you like to be mentored during your crucial Foundation training years?

    Foundation training years can have access to £3000 of benefits and be an ambassador for psychiatry. Our new two-year Foundation Fellowships provide an unrivalled opportunity for current medical students about to enter Foundation training in the UK.

    Applications for our Fellowships are now open - deadline midnight 15 April.


  • The Morris Markowe Public Education Prize

    The prize was established in 1989 from funds donated in the memory of the late Dr Morris Markowe, Honorary Fellow, and Registrar of the Royal College of Psychiatrists from 1972-78. An award of £1,000 will be made in 2016 to the successful entrant.

    The prize is open to all members of the College, including trainees. Entries for the Prize are limited to one a year. Joint entries are accepted, so long as one of the authors is a member of the College, or a trainee.


  • 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

Is the stigma experienced by older people who abuse substances greater than that experienced by younger people who abuse substances?

Last month's poll results

Should campaigning to recruit and retain psychiatrists be the college’s biggest priority of 2018?

YES: 70% NO: 30%


BJPsych Kaleidoscope Quiz

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

Last month's answers can be now be found in last month’s Kaleidoscope column.


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