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

RCPsych eNewsletter September 2018

Professor Wendy BurnPresident’s Update

Wendy talks about how improving the small things will help attract the next generation of psychiatrists.

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RCPsych highlighted stories

  • Who inspired you?

    Help us recruit the next generation of psychiatrists. Spend two minutes telling us who inspired you to choose psychiatry.

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  • Christmas card competition

    Design a fantastic Christmas card for the chance see your work adopted as the College’s official card for 2018 - and win an iPad Pro!

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  • Board of Trustees role

    We’re looking for someone to join the Board which decides on the biggest issues affecting the College.

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  • Seeking communicators

    Calling all communicators. We’d like your help to research and write mental health information for the public.

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  • New website on the way

    Next month the College hopes to launch a brand new, bolder and brighter, mobile friendly website.

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  • A letter to the health and care sector

    The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, has written a letter to the Health and Social care sector in the event of the government not being able to negotiate Brexit deal.

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  • A sustainability scholar speaks

    Dr Bushra Azam has spent the last year working as one of two of the College’s Sustainability scholars. Read her story.

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Exclusive offer on our mental health leaflets

Find out about the special 30% discount we’re offering members till 30 September.



RCPsych events

See also our events by other organisations page.


What's new online

  • RCPsych in Northern Ireland updates

    Read the Chair's update and the monthly update.


  • RCPsych in Scotland

    RCPsych in Scotland released its Personality Disorder in Scotland report on 17 August, with the report forming the basis for a campaign. In August, we also hosted a CT1 welcome event, which is an opportunity for new core trainees, national Training Programme Directors and representatives from RCPsych to come together.

    The Team is also preparing for the Autumn Meeting on 21 September in Edinburgh (spaces available!). This year’s programme covers the topic of depression, the depiction of psychopathology in 20th century literature, as well as Trainee poster presentations.

    The Scottish Government also announced in its Programme for Government £250m additional funding into mental health services over the next 5 years.


  • RCPsych in Wales

    We hosted an exhibition at the Senedd on NHS70 into the future of the health service with partners from Welsh Government and NHS Confederation. We were joined by Aneira Thomas, the first baby born into the NHS as well as the First Minister for Wales.

    We’ve announced renowned Welsh poet, playwright and author Patrick Jones as an artist in residence at the College in Wales. Patrick will be working on a series of commissioned work for the College in partnership with Arts Council for Wales and Literature Wales.


  • RCPsych Publications update

    BJPsych Advances call for article proposals

    BJPsych Advances, RCPsych's peer-reviewed CPD journal for consultant psychiatrists, invites clinical experts to submit proposals for articles on current ideas, techniques and developments in psychiatry. Articles typically discuss comprehensive, practical approaches to clinical problems and explain the full range of therapeutic options, with useful features like MCQs, summary boxes, and associated commentaries. To submit a proposal to the journal, please contact us via email. For further information visit the BJPsych Advances page.

    Access to RCPsych journals

    Did you know you can use your RCPsych member log in details to access BJPsych and BJPsych Advances? Click “log in” from the journal website, select “RCPsych” from the Society drop down menu, and enter the same username and password that you use to gain access to My RCPsych on the College website. See the full instructions and note BJPsych Bulletin, BJPsych International, and BJPsych Open are freely accessible online.


  • Library updates

    Suggest a book

    Is there a particular book we don't have that would make a useful addition to the library? Do you think we need more copies of an important textbook?

    The Library welcomes suggestions from members for library stock. Members can send us an email at or give us a call on 020 3701 2761 / 020 3701 2520. These can be for books, journals or online resources.

    Items suggested will be carefully considered but not all necessarily obtained

    Please always check the library catalogue before making a suggestion.

    Books discount

    College members are entitled to a 30% discount on books published by Cambridge University Press. Simply use your Members' login to retrieve the discount code.

    Keep up-to-date with the latest content

    To receive emailed Table of Content and article alerts, simply complete this form. Members may opt out of journal communications at any time.


  • CPD Online

    CPD Online offers a selection of FREE modules for those without a paid subscription. You can log in to the free modules straight away using the same username and password with which you access the members' area of the College website.

    Keep up to date with the latest CPDO eNewsletter.


  • Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association

    The Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, a mental health charity established in 1962, is looking to recruit trustees. If you are interested and want to find out more, please email the director Ashwin Mathews or telephone 0208 9853570.


  • The Japanese Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (JSPN) Fellowship Award

    JSPN is now accepting applications for the 2019 JSPN Fellowship Award which is presented to early-career psychiatrists from around the world. As the UK Member of the World Psychiatric Association, the RCPsych can nominate 2 UK members for this Fellowship and is now inviting interested candidates to contact the RCPsych. Eligibility criteria and the application process can be found on the RCPsych website.


  • MindEd

    MindEd is launching its new Learning Disabilities resources in early October, users will be able to find trusted, expert advice on topics including diagnosis, psychosis and mood disorders and responding to challenging behaviours. The sessions are aimed at supporting a range of staff groups including social care support staff in the community working with people who have a learning disability and healthcare support staff and other professionals working in the mental health field who don’t have any experience of working with people who have a learning disability. As always these resources will be free and open to all..


  • Health of the Nation Outcome Scales (HoNOS) 2018

    Widely used for 20 years, the HoNOS have demonstrated adequate reliability, validity, clinical utility and sensitivity to change. However, experience of training, use and analysis, resulted in the College leading work to update the glossary. We are pleased to have published the new version of the HoNOS.

    The review aimed to maintain comparability with existing datasets, whilst removing ambiguity and inconsistency in the glossary. More details are available.

    We are currently working with partners in Australia and New Zealand to undertake testing of the HoNOS 2018.


  • Psychiatrist Support Service

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


  • Meet the Foundation Fellows

    After a highly competitive recruitment process we have recently appointed 15 outstanding foundation doctors as our first cohort of Foundation Fellows. They will act as ambassadors for psychiatry and receive mentorship during one of the most challenging times in their career. Find out more about them and their hopes for the next two years of their foundation training.


  • RCPsych Awards

    The shortlists for the 2018 RCPsych Awards have now been published. Winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony on 7th November at the College and available on the website after the event, or you can follow live on social media on #RCPsychAwards.


  • Save the date

    The Medical Psychotherapy Conference will take place at RCPsych, London on 10-12 April 2019. Save the date!


  • Neuroscience Spring Conference

    The Third RCPsych Neuroscience Spring Conference will take place at the College, Prescot Street, London on Friday 15 March 2019. With a focus on genetics/epigenetics of the brain and behaviour and a line-up of leading international experts, this is sure to be a popular event. Registration will open within the next few weeks through the Neuroscience Project pages on the College website. Beat the crowds and secure your complimentary place today by pre-registering via email to


  • Your feedback on RCPsych Insight

    Check out the latest edition of RCPsych Insight as well as other editions.

    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

Yes/No: The College has an important role to play in informing the public about mental health conditions and treatments.

July's poll results

Should psychiatrists make it a priority to support research projects?

Yes: 75% No: 25%


BJPsych Kaleidoscope Quiz

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

July's answers can be now be found in the July Kaleidoscope column.


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