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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 paper.    


Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival

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 here.

RCPsych Pathfinder Fellowship

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 Trust)

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 Legislation  

Minimum Unit 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, statement 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.

The 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 do?

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 following:

1.   Make yourself aware of the Student Associate grade and promote it amongst your students.

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 College website.

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 contact me.


Dr Tom Brown

Associate Registrar (Recruitment into Psychiatry)


Dr Tom Brown’s full report to Council can be accessed here.

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 here.

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 here

The National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness has released its annual report for 2015.

This 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 for 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 above.

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 Scotland?

Changing Faces

Please see further information here on this Scottish Support Service for Information regarding emotional & practical support for young people with disfigurements.

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 the NCF leaflet.

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 Support Allowance

New Recommendations published today by the Scottish Mental Health Partnership highlight the need for improved welfare access for people with mental health problems.


Press Release

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

Letter 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 here.

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 way.

Press Release

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 Activity.

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 imperative.

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

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

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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