RCPsych in Wales Monthly update
It’s common for staff and members at the College in Wales to
take up their remaining annual leave and look after the kids over
the summer holidays, yet despite this it has been as busy as
always. We have been liaising with the Central College’s
publications department, finalising the draft report on Core Values
for Psychiatrists CR204. The Report was published 5 September and
can be found
here. In the meantime, the College in Wales has drafted a
response to the Welsh Government White Paper Services Fit for
Purpose and has begun responding to three Assembly inquiries
including the review into Welsh Government’s programme for
improving CAMHS, a review into Welsh Government’s policies and
programmes for improving physical exercise in children, and the
experiences of looked after children.
We met with the Medical Royal Academy for Wales lead on End of
Life Care to discuss our involvement in their upcoming
We drafted a report to the RCGP on our proposals to establish a
joint primary care and mental health working group.
We met with an expert from Auckland University of Technology to
discuss how Wales is treating people with mental health who smoke.
Welsh Government plans to launch a consultation soon to propose
extending the smoking ban to mental health units.
We met with the Obesity Policy Sub-group to provide input into
the Welsh Government’s Obesity Strategy for Wales.
We also met with the Programme Board Director of the development
of Health Education Improvement Wales (similar to NES and HEE) who
has promised that the Royal Colleges in Wales will be included in
talks before and after the creation of this body.
We had a meeting with RCS, RCSL and Alzheimer’s Society to
discuss our evidence to the Health, Sport and Social Care
Committee’s Inquiry into the use of antipsychotic medication in
The RCPsych in Wales launched the College wide recruitment
campaign ‘Choose Psychiatry’ on 11 September. We had lots of
interest from the media and several members were interviewed on
television and radio.
We are hosing our Old Age Faculty conference on 15 September.
‘The Wholistic Psychiatrist’ will focus on Dementia and end of life
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