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


The Scottish Government has published new guidance on appeals against conditions of excessive security

This guidance is for doctors, mental health officers, approved medical practitioners and other professionals exercising statutory functions under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003. The document can be read here

The General Medical Council issues the fifth annual report on the state of medical education and practice in the UK

The report outlines what is happening in the education and practice of doctors, and considers some of the current challenges facing the profession and the systems in which it works. Read it here.

Support in Mind's 'You Cannot See' film premieres in Dumfries

AN INNOVATIVE short film by Support in Mind Scotland's Life Skills Project about the difficulties people with mental ill health have experienced when undergoing employment and benefits assessments has premiered in the town's Robert Burns Centre. Find out more here

RCPsych in Scotland's 'Healthy Start, Healthy Scotland' campaign debated in Parliament

On the 3rd of November Mark McDonald MSP brought a members’ debate on our early years campaign; you can watch it here

Scottish National Party Conference Report

Karen Addie (Policy Manager) and Dr Adrian James (College Registrar) attended the Scottish National Party conference in Aberdeen last month on behalf of the College. They met with several Members of Parliament to discuss mental health matters in Westminster and Holyrood; and RCPsych in Scotland held a fringe meeting - chaired by the Health Minister - on personality disorders. You can read Karen's report 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


E-News - Update from Scotland October 2015

The latest news from the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland is available here.

Medical Revalidation in Scotland 2014-2015

The Medical Revalidation in Scotland 2014–2015 national report and compendium of local reports can be accessed here.

RCPsych in Scotland lends support to Dr James Warner's letter to all providers in England and Wales to maintain existing specialist old age services

Dr Warner has reiterated his previous warning that the creation of generic all-age services by health providers will damage services and could threaten the quality of care provided to elderly patients. 

Press release

'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.    


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.

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

RCPsych in Scotland Research Prize 2015

A prize of £500 is available, to be presented at the Winter meeting in January 2016.  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 the end of December 2015

Please click here for more information.

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

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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