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

Invitation for volunteers to join the RCPsych in Scotland Executive Committee

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is seeking volunteers from Scotland to join its Executive Committee.  At this time we seek one Carer Representative and one Patient Representative.


Applications are invited from individuals who have personal experience of using mental health services, or of caring for someone with mental ill health.


The College has a long history of service user and carer involvement. The Executive Committee is a large Committee which meets 4 times a year in Edinburgh to discuss a range of issues related to the specialty of mental health.  The majority of the Committee are psychiatrists from all different sub-specialties and from across all areas of Scotland.


Travel and subsistence payments will be made.


For further information and an application form please contact Thomas Kennedy, specifying 'RCPsych in Scotland Service User/Carer Volunteer' - email or phone 020 3701 2548.


Closing date for applications: Friday 20 March 2015

PTC Co-opted Elections - Call for nominations

Please click here for the call for nominations for one co-opted member of the Psychiatric Trainees' Committee (PTC) to represent RCPsych in Scotland.

The post is open to pre-membership psychiatric trainees (PMPT) in North and East Scotland.


In the letter you will also find a nomination form, which should be completed, signed, scanned and returned via email to by Monday 9 February 2015.  Applications should include a 200 word biography in case of a ballot.

RCPsych in Scotland Notice of Election We are currently looking to fill the following vacancies which will arise this year:
  • Finance Officer
  • ETSC Representative
  • Executive Committee Member (6 vacancies)

The term of office for these posts is four years and the full notice of election with further information can be accessed here.

Vacancy Posts - Regional Advisor East Scotland (Tayside, Angus) and West Scotland

We currently have vacancies for Regional Advisors in East Scotland and West Scotland.  You can access the job description here. Application can be sent by email to Submit a brief C.V and a covering email or letter highlighting relevant experience.  If you would like an informal chat about this post please ring Karen Addie at the Scottish office on 0131 344 4964.  The closing date for applications is February 27th and March 31st 2015 respectively.

SNP Autumn Party Conference Report

Karen Addie, Policy Manager, has produced a summary report of the RCPsych in Scotland's attendance at the above events. 

Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine launches 'Good Pharmaceutical Medical Practice' document

Please click here to view.

MWC for Scotland - News Release - Wide geographical variations across Scotland Please click here to read the Commission's News Release on the wide geographical variations identified across Scotland in the use of the Mental Health Act and the Adults with Incapacity Act in 2013/2014.

MWC for Scotland - Better information and support for patients and families

Please click here to read the full reports 'Experience of Named Persons' and 'Updated Survey of Recorded Matters' which each show that there is a lack of clarity and understanding amongst service users - and their families and carers - about parts of the Mental Health Act that directly affect them.

MWC for Scotland - Response to Cheshire West Case

Please click here for advice notes following the above Supreme Court decision.

RCPsych Leadership & Management Training Days (London)

The College in London is running new Leadership and Management Training Days on 15 September, 25 November and 8 December 2014.  Click here for further information.

Announcement - Principal Medical Officer

We are pleased to announce that Dr John Mitchell (NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde) has been appointed as Principal Medical Officer to replace Dr Moira Connolly at the Scottish Government.  John takes up his secondment on 1 September and we very much look forward to working with him.

MWC for Scotland - Specified Persons Monitoring Report

The Commission's report is now available.

Better care for older people – GMC launches new support for doctors

The GMC has launched a new online resource to help doctors challenge the stereotypes associated with older people and tackle the most common concerns older people have about their care. Resources include guidance, case studies, tips, tools and signposts for discussion with colleagues and to share with patients.
To keep this content current and relevant and to respond to any new issues that arise, these resources will be continually updated and reviewed, with regular e-updates about these, to doctors and other subscribers.  Subscribe to updates and find out more at

MWC for Scotland - Latest investigation - Left Alone

Please click here to view the Commission's latest investigation into a potential deficiency in the care and treatment of a person with a mental disorder. 

Scotland Malawi Mental Health Education Project - Volunteers Required

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 care.

Job advert and more information

MWC for Scotland - Dementia continuing care visit report The MWC for Scotland has published its report about their recent visits to people with dementia in NHS continuing care settings.  Please click here for further information.

Scottish Political Party Conferences - Spring 2014 - Summary

Karen Addie, Policy Manager, has produced a summary report of the RCPsych in Scotland's attendance at the above events. 

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

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.

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. 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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