RCPsych in Scotland
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
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
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 for submissions is
30th June 2015.
Please click here
for more information.
MSc in Forensic Mental Health - School of Forensic Mental
This programme is designed for those who are currently, or who
are looking to be employed in a forensic setting - such as a secure
hospital, community-based service for mentally disordered
offenders, Scottish Prison Service or the Scottish Police Service.
It is suitable for professionals with backgrounds in nursing,
social care, occupational therapy, psychology, psychiatry and
security. Applicants wishing to commence in 2015 are to be
registered by June 2015.
For further details on entry requirements, modes of study and
duration and programme structure please visit their
Scottish Academy of Royal Colleges Report on Physical
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
Vacancy Posts - Deputy Regional Advisor East Scotland (Tayside,
Angus) and Regional Advisor West Scotland
We currently have vacancies for a Deputy Regional
Advisor in East Scotland and a Regional Advisor in the West
Scotland. You can access the job description for Regional
Advisor here and Deputy
Regional Advisor here.
Applications can be sent by email to email@example.com. Submit a
brief C.V and a covering email or letter highlighting relevant
experience. If you would like an informal chat about these
posts please ring Karen Addie at the Scottish office on 0131 344
4964. The closing date for applications is March 31st
and 30 April 2015 respectively.
2014 Party Conference Reports
Karen Addie, Policy Manager, has produced a summary
report of the RCPsych in Scotland's attendance at the SNP
Conference in Autumn 2014 and a summary
report of other party conferences in Spring
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine launches 'Good
Pharmaceutical Medical Practice' document
here to view.
MWC for Scotland - News Release - Wide
geographical variations across Scotland
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
MWC for Scotland - Better information and support for patients
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
here for advice notes following the above Supreme Court
MWC for Scotland - Specified Persons Monitoring
report is now available.
Better care for older people – GMC launches new support
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 www.gmc-uk.org/oldercare.
MWC for Scotland - Latest investigation - Left Alone
click here to view the Commission's latest investigation into a
potential deficiency in the care and treatment of a person with a
Scotland Malawi Mental Health Education Project - Volunteers
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
Job advert and more
MWC for Scotland - Dementia continuing care
The MWC for Scotland has published its report
about their recent visits to people with dementia in NHS continuing
care settings. Please click
for further 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 is
on 29 May 2015. Click here
for 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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