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

MWC for Scotland - Part time Forensic Advisor - fixed term to 31/3/15

The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland is looking for a Forensic Adviser to join their team.  More information is enclosed in the documents below:

MWC for Scotland - Latest investigation now available

Please click here to read details of the latest investigation around the new benefits system.

MWC for Scotland Advice Notes - March 2014

Please click here to read the latest advice notes.

Scottish Government Secondment Opportunity

Click here for more information on a secondment opportunity from 19 July 2014 as Psychiatric Adviser to the Scottish Government.

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 health problems.

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

RCPsychiS E-News - February

Please click here to view.

RCPsychiS Briefing Paper on Eating Disorders

Dennis Robertson MSP is hosting a week of events in the Scottish Parliament culminating in a Conference titled "Eating Disorders: The Way Forward" which will discuss the way forward in new thechnologies and innovative methods for treating eating disorders. RCPsych in Scotland has produced a briefing paper for the event.

Revalidation Problems Facing Doctors in Private and Independent Practice

The Private and Independent Practice Special Interest Group (PIPSIG) in conjunction with the Consortium of Expert Witnesses to the Family Courts is organising a series of workshops to look at particular issues affecting independent doctors who want to revalidate.  Click here for further information and how to get involved. 

Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland Small Projects Fund

The Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland has established a project to support small projects being undertaken by members in Scotland. Please note the deadline for the first round of applications this year is now closed. Click here for more information.

Launch of new Public Health Group

The RCPsych in Scotland is pleased to announce the launch of its new Public Health Group for members.  Any further information about becoming involved, please contact Karen Addie on 0131 220 2910.

MWCS has revised its covert medication guidance

The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland has recently updated their guidance on 'Covert medication'.  You can find the new guidance here.

Revision to AO Review Form

Please find attached circular CEL 17 (2013) from the Scottish Government in relation to changes to the above form.

Community Justice Redesign Consultation Reports

Visit our Public Affairs page for more information.

GMC Guidance on Assisted Suicide

This guidance is for our decision makers to use when they are considering allegations that a doctor has been involved in encouraging or assisting suicide.

This is an important and highly sensitive issue. Encouraging or assisting suicide remains a criminal offence and our guidance reflects the law.

The guidance sets out:

·        the ethical principles which underpin all our guidance to doctors

·        the test that our decision-makers must apply when they consider such allegations

·        examples of the types of case that could arise and the factors that may be relevant in reaching a decision.


The guidance for decision makers is available to read on the website


When a patient seeks advice or information about assistance to die

When we consulted on the guidance for decision-makers, a number of doctors asked us how they should respond to patients who asked for advice or help in ending their lives.

We have therefore produced a document for doctors which brings together guidance from Good Medical Practice and Treatment and care towards the end of life: good practice in decision making. The aim is to help doctors keep within the law, without leaving their patients feeling abandoned.

The guidance for doctors is available to read on the website

If you have any questions about the guidance for decision makers or the guidance for doctors, please call the GMC Standards and Ethics team on 020 7189 5404 or email

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. At the moment our list is very out of date, and we would like to collate a whole new list and include some more information. If you are interested in being added to this list and would like more information please follow the link below.


Regional Representatives

Each Faculty in Scotland now has four regional representatives. The job description for a Regional Representative was approved by the Education Training and Standards Committee in July this year. You can access the job description here.

Any queries let Rebecca Middlemiss 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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PTC response to the Shape of Training Review

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British Medical Association

The BMA is the only recognised trade union for doctors in the UK. We're here to stand up for your rights and fight to champion the medical profession. Through research and publishing we lead the debate on key ethical, scientific and public health. Click on the header to visit their website.

Survey on practitioner views of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland's Good Practice Guides

Can you assist the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland by taking 5-10 minutes to tell them about your experience of using their good practice guides?  Click here to access the survey.