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RCPsych in Scotland Election Notice 2017

Vacancies will arise in 2017 for the position of Chair, Vice-Chair and Executive Committee member (four vacancies). For further information and nomination form, please click here.

Scottish Government release 'Mental Health in Scotland - a 10-year vision: analysis of responses to the public engagement exercise'

This report presents key messages from the analysis of responses, including from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, to the Government's engagement exercise about a new Mental Health Strategy for Scotland. Read the report here.

John, Margaret, Alfred and Stewart Sim Fellowship open for applications

The JMAS Sim Fellowship, administered by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, provides funding for any graduates in Medicine and Science to research the causes or treatment of depression. Read more or apply here.

Alastair Cook's participation in the Health and Sport Committee 22 November 2016

The Official Report of the Health and Sport Committee meeting on 22 November 2016 is now available. To view Dr Cook's participation, click here.

Short report on Scottish Party Conference activity November 2016

A short report on the College's activities at SNP and Scottish Liberal Democrats conferences this October and November. Read the report here.

College response to news that the decision to introduce minimum unit pricing on alcohol in Scotland is to be legally challenged.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists profoundly regret this further delay to the introduction of a measure which has widespread scientific and professional support. Read the full response.

Improving the Physical Health of Adults with Severe Mental Illness: Essential Actions

This report sets out essential actions to improve the physical health of adults with severe mental illness across the NHS. Read the report here.

General Medical Council releases new report on the state of medical education and practice in the UK

This 2016 report considers current challenges faced by the medical profession and the systems in which it works, and provides data on medical education and practice in the UK. Read the executive summary here.

Paediatric Care Online - free trial of new online decision support system for health professionals

Available for free trial, this tool offers immediate access to evidence-based information, helping to inform decisions at the point of care. See the flyer here.

RCPsych in Scotland welcomes latest ruling on Minimum Unit Pricing

On 21st October 2016 the Court of Session has ruled that the challenge to MUP by the drinks industry is not legal. Read our short statement here

RCPsych in Scotland welcomes the MWC report on Young Person Monitoring 2015-16

The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland published their report on the 6 October 2016. The College in Scotland has provided a response, which can be viewed here

2016 Annual Report for the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness

The report can be accessed here

ADHD in Adults Guidance - May 2016

A document providing good practice guidelines for ADHD in Adults is now available here.

RCPsych in Scotland Responds to Scottish Government Consultation on the Mental Health Strategy  

The College submitted a response to 'Mental Health in Scotland – a 10 Year Vision' on Friday 16th September. The response can be viewed here

General Medical Council launches new interactive resource for doctors on mental capacity issues

This tool covers the key requirements for caring for and making decisions with patients who lack capacity or have impaired capacity to make decisions; and is based on the GMC’s guidance on Consent: patients and doctors making decisions together and Treatment and care towards the end of life: good practice in decision making. You can access the resource here

Scottish Government commissioned research on New Psychoactive Substances

This research looks at New  Psychoactive Substances Prevalence, Harms and Motives for Use in Scotland amongst vulnerable groups. The research is now in Phase two which is two short surveys, one aimed at service users/clients and the other at frontline staff. To participate / find out more, click here

RCPsych in Scotland supports Scotland's Charter for a Tobacco Free Generation

Developed by ASH Scotland, the Charter aims to inspire organisations to take action to reduce the harm caused by tobacco and raise awareness of the goal of creating a tobacco-free generation of Scots by 2034. Read more here

Important information for RMOs/AMPs

There have been significant changes made to the paper BNF that was published in September 2015 which will have an impact on T2 and T3 treatment certificates. More information can be found here

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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