RCPsych in Scotland
Outcomes Report from the Mental Health Summit
The Scottish Liberal Democrats
hosted a mental health summit on July 30, 2015 at the Scottish
Parliament, during which RCPsych in Scotland was
represented by a number of members. The event provided
the opportunity for service users and care providers to discuss the
challenges facing the mental health system in Scotland. The full
report can be read here.
'Healthy Start, Healthy Scotland' campaign
The Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland has identified
maternal and early years mental health as a key clinical and public
mental health priority. We launched our new campaign 'Healthy
Start, Healthy Scotland' at the Scottish Parliament on
Wednesday 23rd September; follow the links to read our press
release and briefing
Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film
Running from the 10th - 31st October, the
festival will comprise of more than 300 events
spread throughout Scotland and across all art forms,
with the shared goal of challenging perceptions of mental
health. There should be lots to interest mental health
professionals, carers and service users; to find out more click
The RCPsych Pathfinder Fellowship is once again open for
application to medical students in the penultimate year of their
degree. The 3-year Fellowship offers up to £5000 funding for
electives, research projects and other activities which further the
students’ knowledge of psychiatry. Click
here to find out more/apply.
2016 Travelling Fellowship (sponsored by the Churchill
The Churchill Trust is offering a Travelling
Fellowship in 2016, giving an individual the opportunity to receive
full financial support to learn, reflect, network and develop in
their chosen field. The deadline for applications is the
22nd September 2015. To find out more click here.
Advocate General (AG) of the European Court of Justice (ECJ)
gives opinion on legality of Scotland's Minimum Unit Price
Pricing update: The College welcomes the opinion (announced
today) of the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice on
Minimum Unit Price for Alcohol. Read our Chair, Dr Alistair Cook’s,
here. SHAAP (Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems) have
also released an excellent summary, which can be read here
The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland has released its
Enhanced Observation Report for 2014/2015.
report details their findings from unannounced visits to
patients on enhanced levels of observation in psychiatric hospitals
in Scotland 2014/2015.
Letter from Dr Tom Brown
What can I
It has always been my view that every single
member of the College needs to take responsibility for recruitment.
We need to regard every contact we have with school students,
medical students and young doctors as important. In each such
contact we are in effect an “advert for psychiatry” either for good
or for ill. Specifically, consider doing one or even all of the
1. Make yourself aware of
the Student Associate grade and promote it amongst your
2. Support your local
Psychiatry Society - offer to speak or help them find speakers.
3. Consider supporting your
PTC reps to start a Buddy Scheme in your area if none exist. The
PTC has guidance on the setting up and running of buddy schemes and
will be able to identify trainees happy to take part.
4. Consider providing
workplace based experience for school students. The College
position statement on providing work experience placements can be
found on the
5. Consider running a
Psychiatry Student Selected Module.
6. Support the development
of Summer and Autumn Schools.
7. Be a Foundation trainer
or even provide a Taster.
8. Encourage Foundation
doctors to continue to engage with the College and promote the
forthcoming FD membership grade.
9. Remember that “every
moment counts” in nurturing future psychiatrists, whether they are
school students, medical students or Foundation doctors.
As ever we welcome input and suggestions from
the membership on what we can do differently. Please feel free to
Dr Tom Brown
Associate Registrar (Recruitment into
Dr Tom Brown’s full report to Council can be
Invitation to take part in the Global Health
and Wellbeing Survey 2015
An international online survey is
being conducted by the University of Sydney and the Young and
Well Cooperative Research Centre, with the aim of reaching at least
10,000 people and considerably improving global understanding of
health and wellbeing. Details can be found
Launch event for the National Inquiry into Suicides and
Homicides 2015 Report in Manchester
The event, attended by Karen Addie (RCPsychiS Policy
Manager), launched the latest report from the National
Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide. Karen's notes from
the event can be found
The National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by
People with Mental Illness has released its
annual report for 2015.
report presents findings from 2003 to 2013 and highlights
areas of healthcare where safety should be strengthened.
E News - Update from Scotland July 2015
The latest news from the Royal College of Psychiatrists in
Scotland is available here.
Publication of Care of Older People in Hospital Standards
Healthcare Improvement Scotland have published revised standards
for Care of Older People in Hospital. The standards are available
download. A copy of the consultation report, which includes
every comment submitted during their consultation along with
comments from the project group are also available on the link
Future of Palliative Care in Scotland
The Scottish Government have published an engagement document
palliative care in Scotland and are seeking comments. What matters to you
about the future of palliative and end of life care in
Please see further information here
on this Scottish Support Service for Information regarding
emotional & practical support for young people with
National Confidential Forum
The National Confidential Forum is a forum for those who spent
time in institutional care in Scotland as children. It offers the
chance to be heard and to share their experiences, whatever they
are. Further information is available here and in
Party Conference Report Spring 2015
Karen Addie, Policy Manager has produced a
summary report from RCPsych in Scotland attendance at party
conferences in Spring 2015
Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill - Stage 1 Report from the
Health and Sport Committee of the Scottish Parliament, Published
April 30 2015
Recommendations in the report that relate directly to
Psychiatrists are available here.
E News - Update from Scotland April 2015
The latest news from the Royal College of Psychiatrists in
Scotland is available here.
Ticking all the Wrong Boxes: Mental Health and Employment
New Recommendations published today by the Scottish Mental
Health Partnership highlight the need for improved
welfare access for people with mental health problems.
RCPsychiS Mentoring Scheme
A new mentoring scheme for Scotland is currently being set up
and we are currently collecting the details of members interested
in being mentors. Please return the Expression
of Interest Form if you want to be added to the list.
We are also conducting a survey of current mentoring
arrangements, the survey is available here.
Information Sheet on Mentoring
to Prospective Mentors
New Briefing Paper on Stigma Published
The briefing paper written by Dr Linda Findlay and Dr Laura
Cameron is available here.
If you would like a paper copy please contact the office.
New Confidential Enquiry Report
The National Confidential Enquiry into Suicide and Homicide by
People with Mental Illness have issued a new report today on
In-patient Suicide under Observation. The full report can be read
New Mental Health App for Young People
A new app and educational programme designed to help young
people manage mental heath problems has been launched. Developed
with NHS clinical staff, in collaboration with the University of
Glasgow, SafeSpot is available on mobile devices and resources that
allow young people to manage stress in a positive and healthy
RCPsych in Scotland Research Prize 2015
A prize of £500 is available, to be presented at the Autumn
meeting in October 2015. Winners will be expected to present
their work at a future meeting of the Royal College of
Psychiatrists in Scotland. The deadline has been extended
until 20 September 2015.
Please click here
for more information.
Scottish Academy of Royal Colleges Report on Physical
The Scottish Academy of Royal Colleges have published
a report on physical
inactivity saying that leaders in policy, medical education,
health boards, hospitals and Royal Colleges must renew their focus
on tackling physical inactivity and that increasing knowledge of
the required levels of physical activity among the public is
Scotland Malawi Mental Health Education Project - Volunteers
Global Mental Health is a young and rapidly growing specialty.
SMMHEP has been working in Malawi since 2006 and is offering
exciting opportunities to implement its innovative mental health
education programme, in conjunction with the College of Medicine,
University of Malawi.
Opportunities are open to post-MRCPsych (or equivalent)
psychiatrists. Work includes clinical, teaching and research
responsibilities for undergraduate and postgraduate students (MMed
Psychiatry). Specific projects include leading on the development
of E-learning and implementation of mhGAP training for primary
Job advert and more
Guidance for Mental Health Clinicians providing Clinical
Evidence for the Work Capability Assessment
New guidance has been produced to assist clinicians in providing
accurate medical evidence in supporting service users undergoing
Work Capability Assessments (WCA). The WCA has been a significant
part of the Government's welfare reform plans and these
developments directly affect benefits claimants that have mental
The guidance and more information are available on the
Welfare Reform pages of
the website. Feedback on the usefulness of the
guidance is encouraged, please contact Masood Khan at email@example.com
RCPsych in Scotland Expert Witness List
For some time the RCPsych in Scotland has
collated a list of members who are willing for their details
(usually work telephone number/work email address) to be given to
third parties. If you want to add your details to the list please
let us know.
Important Message for All Members in Scotland
Have we got your email address? Have you
recently changed it and not informed the College in London? Our
email information all comes off the main College database,
therefore if you don't keep it up to date you will miss out on
mailings from the College in Scotland as, from this year, we are
only sending information electronically (unless you opt in a
mailshot by post). Already we have noticed some members either
don't have an email address on the database or it is incorrect.
Please help us to make sure we are sending notifications to the
right place. We can change your details from our PCs so get in
touch if you want us to update.
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