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RCPsych in Wales monthly update

It has been another busy month for the College in Wales. The summer is truly over as we head into the busiest time of year. We have spent a lot of time preparing for a number of College events, including a successful Old Age Faculty conference (15 September), upcoming Child and Adolescent debates (20 October and 11 December), a pupil care pathway seminar with Welsh Government (11 December) and our annual Joint Conference (24 November).

Our policy and public affairs work continues to gather momentum. We had a very positive meeting with the Chair of the Wales Mental Health Alliance (and Chief Executive of Mind Cymru) to discuss possible membership of the Alliance and areas of collaboration including the mental health workforce and the review of the Mental Health Act.

We met the Welsh Government's Lead on Mental Health Legislation for initial talks around the Mental Health Act review. We also spoke to her about the College’s involvement in the Task and Finish Groups that are looking into changes to the Mental Health (Wales) Measure.

We have responded to three consultations this month including the Welsh Government's White Paper proposals for the future of the NHS in Wales, the inquiry into children and young people’s emotional and mental health, and the inquiry into children in care. We also supported a joint statement with several organisations on an inquiry into improving physical activity in children.

We met with the Health Committee Chair of the National Assembly to discuss our recruitment and retention strategy and the College's campaign #choosepsychiatry. We plan to meet with all political party health spokespeople to address our concerns regarding the difficulty in filling both consultant and trainee posts in Wales. We will meet the Conservatives on Wednesday (18 October) and Plaid next month.

Our Old Age Faculty Chair gave evidence to the Health Committee on the use of antipsychotics in care homes, along with the RCGP Wales. Our OA Chair also submitted two reports to the Policy and Public Affairs Committee in Central College on End of life care and on the use of antipsychotics for people with dementia.

We met with Public Health Wales about medic involvement in service improvement around the NHS programme 1000 Lives. Some College members are working with PHW and the College plans to synchronize activity and roll this out to our members.

‘The RCPsych in Wales is a key stakeholder in the recently launched Welsh Government recruitment campaign ‘Train, Work, Live’ which this year has a focus on Psychiatry.  We are encouraged that the campaign, which focussed on GP and Core Medical Training in 2016 has had a positive impact on recruitment in these specialties and we are cautiously optimistic about the possible picture for psychiatry in 2018.

Work of the Recruitment and Retention Think Tank in Wales is gathering pace with the recent approval of the Recruitment Strategy for Wales 2017 – 2019.  We are hopeful that this, coupled with the central strategy ‘Choose Psychiatry’ and the Wales campaign we will see some real improvement over the coming year.’

 

For more information, ring the RCPsych in Wales on 029 2048 9006.

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