First UK study of COVID-19 neurological and psychiatric complications warns of mental health problems in younger patients, RCPsych
A study of 153 patients treated in UK hospitals during the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic describes a range of neurological and psychiatric complications that may be linked to the virus. The research carried out by the CoroNerve Studies Group, including the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and published today in The Lancet Psychiatry journal reveals that while stroke was the most commonly reported neurological complication in hospitalised COVID-19 patients, many younger patients developed an altered mental state such as psychosis or catatonia. To investigate the breadth of COVID-19 complications that affect the brain,...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Impact of COVID-19 on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff in mental healthcare settings: assessment and management of risk, RCPsych
The Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) has responded to the urgent issue of the high and disproportionate numbers of deaths of BAME staff due to Covid-19, by producing initial guidance on risk mitigation for urgent implementation across all mental health care organisations in the UK. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus: managing delirium in confirmed and suspected cases, Royal College of Psychiatrists
Delirium, the clinical expression of encephalopathy, is important in the context of COVID-19, because (a) delirium may be a symptom at presentation and/or during management, and (b) the behavioural changes commonly seen in delirium, particularly agitation, may make management including delivery of care and reducing the risk of cross-infection more challenging. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Responding to COVID-19, Royal College of Psychiatrists
This section contains information on the emerging situation with coronavirus and College activities. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19: Inpatient services, Royal College of Psychiatrists
Working with The Royal College of Nursing we have outlined some relevant advice for staff working on mental health inpatient wards. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19: Liaison psychiatry services, Royal College of Psychiatrists
RCPsych, RCN, NHS England and Unite's Mental Health Nurses Association have worked to develop these guidelines which set out the key issues that liaison psychiatry staff teams should be conscious of at this time. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Royal college failed to carry out hundreds of background checks
The Royal College of Psychiatrists suspended some activities last year after it realised it had not carried out background checks for more than 350 staff and patient representatives, HSJ can reveal. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 12, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exploring Mental Health Inpatient Capacity across Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships in England
The pressure on mental health inpatient services in England is growing, and the impact of this pressure on people who use these services and on clinical staff cannot be underestimated. Staff working in mental health units want to deliver safe and effective services for patients, but these aims are severely challenged when wards are fully occupied. The use of inappropriate out of area placements means that individuals are separated from their families and social networks for the duration of their inpatient care. Of even more concern is that people who have received inpatient care out of area have a higher risk of suicide wh...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Exploring mental health inpatient capacity
This report explores the pressures on inpatient mental health services across STPs in England, drawing on a wide range of datasets, published research and interviews with staff working on mental health services. The report was commissioned by and includes a response from the Royal College of Psychiatrists. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - November 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

National Clinical Audit of Anxiety and Depression: inpatient mental health services
This report presents the main findings of the National Clinical Audit of Anxiety and Depression in inpatient mental health services carried out by the Royal College of Psychiatrists between 2017 and 2018. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical royal colleges and homeless charities call for doctors to receive mandatory training in keeping homeless patients off the streets
The Royal College of Physicians (RCP), along with seven other medical royal colleges and homeless charities, has called on the Government to urgently address the needs of homeless people treated in the NHS. The organisations made their call in a collective response to the government’s consultation on the Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA), which includes a duty to refer homeless patients in Accident and Emergency departments to their local housing authority. Since its implementation in 2017, it is still unclear whether the HRA’s mandate that hospitals must refer homeless people on, is having any real benefit. Ane...
Source: Doctors of the World News - October 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Top doctor reveals huge tax bill
The dean of the Royal College of Psychiatrists has claimed the government is making it “impossible” for her to stay in the NHS long-term after she was hit with a large tax bill. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 24, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Psychiatry is vital to ageing well
The Royal College of Psychiatrists has issued guidance is to help local areas plan and deliver specialist services, led by old age psychiatrists, to meet the needs of older people. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 23, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Child mental health unit referrals 'up nearly 50%'
The figures, which are across the UK, are 'deeply worrying', say the Royal College of Psychiatrists. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - July 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

We ’re told that too much screen time hurts our kids. Where’s the evidence? | Andrew Przybylski and Amy Orben
The authors of a landmark study argue that social media use has only minor effects on wellbeing. But an entire industry says otherwiseIf you had attended the Royal College of Psychiatrists ’international congressin London last week you could have been forgiven for coming away with the following thoughts. Addiction toFortnite, the online game, is a real disorder; social media is depleting “our neurotransmitter deposits”; and “excess screen time has reduced our attention span to eight seconds, one less than that of a goldfish”.Scary stuff! Only problem is, none of these claims is supported by fa...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 7, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Andrew Przybylski and Amy Orben Tags: Social media Technology Smartphones Mobile phones Digital media Mental health Fortnite Science Source Type: news

Early warning signs of eating disorder revealed
(Swansea University) Early warning signs that someone may have an eating disorder have been revealed in a large-scale data study conducted by Swansea University researchers. The results, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, showed that people diagnosed with a disorder had higher rates of other conditions and of prescriptions in the years before their diagnosis. The findings may give doctors a better chance of detecting eating disorders earlier. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 30, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Position statement on antidepressants and depression
The Royal College of Psychiatrists has published a “position statement” setting out its view on optimal use and management of antidepressants. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 3, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Royal College of Pyschiatrists warn doctors anti-depressants have dangerous side effects
In a major victory for the Mail, the Royal College of Psychiatrists today admits for the first time that antidepressants can cause side effects lasting for months. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mental health doctors told check children's social media use amid concerns of impact of the internet
The Royal College of Psychiatrists in London said clinicians should check a child's time online. Experts estimate 14-year-olds are using social media for three to four hours a day. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Proof that getting off depression pills without crippling side-effects can take MONTHS
The new report is welcomed by Carmine Pariante, a spokesman for the Royal College of Psychiatrists and a professor of biological psychiatry at King’s College London. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Driving with dementia -- New guidance for doctors
(Newcastle University) New guidelines have been published to help doctors and health care professionals assess and manage when people living with dementia should stop driving.Driving with Dementia or Mild Cognitive Impairment Consensus Guidelines are now available online and have been endorsed by Alzheimer's Society, Driving Mobility, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Royal College of General Practitioners, Memory Services National Accreditation Programme, Royal College of Occupational Therapists and the British Psychological Society. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medication for mental health: Call to 'end pill-shaming'
The Royal College of Psychiatrists says it's worried some people are not getting the help they need. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Long-term plan must end 'scandalous neglect' of over 65s
A “scandalous” neglect of older people’s mental health care needs to be addressed in the NHS long-term plan, the Royal College of Psychiatrists has argued. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - November 19, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The World Health Organization Now Considers ‘Gaming Disorder’ a Unique Mental Health Condition
GENEVA — For video game addicts, it might soon be “game over.” In its latest revision to a disease classification manual, the World Health Organization said Monday that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a new mental health condition. The statement confirmed the fears of many parents but led some critics to warn that it may risk stigmatizing young video players. The U.N. health agency said classifying “Gaming Disorder” as a separate condition will “serve a public health purpose for countries to be better prepared to identify this issue.” Dr. Shekhar Saxena, director ...
Source: TIME: Health - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized healthytime mental health onetime Video Games Source Type: news

Kanye West is praised by the UK's top psychiatrist
In a blog for the British Medical Journal, Professor Wendy Burns, president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, yesterday praised the 41-year-old for speaking out about bipolar disorder. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Our invisible addicts
A report from the Royal College of Psychiatrists highlights the need for clinical services to focus more on the needs of older people as growing numbers of baby-boomers seek help for substance misuse. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 15, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Number of child and adolescent psychiatrists falling
The Royal College of Psychiatrists wants the government to allow more recruitment from overseas. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - March 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mindfulness 'can make you more selfish'
Dr Alison Gray, of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said meditating makes easier for people to start over-analysing their life, becoming ‘inward-looking and self-centred’. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Women more unhappy than men for almost their entire lives
An expert from the London-based Royal College of psychiatrists claims that women may be happier than men above the age of 85 because more people are widowed by then (stock). (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ben Shephard obituary
Historian who focused on the psychological effects of 20th-century warfareThe historian and writer Ben Shephard, who has died aged 69 of cancer, had a lifelong interest in the psychological effects of war. His bookA War of Nerves (2000) changed our understanding of military psychiatry by describing entirely unsentimentally those who emerged from the wars of the 20th century uprooted, brutalised and traumatised, and who happened to receive only rudimentary, often flawed help in their efforts to rebuild their lives.As Ben ’s editor at The Bodley Head for the last 10 years, I was aware of how rarely he used the terms &l...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 6, 2017 Category: Science Authors: J örg Hensgen Tags: History Books Psychology Psychiatry First world war Second world war Royal Air Force BBC Source Type: news

Psychiatrist vacancies 'double in four years' in England
One in 10 consultant roles is currently unfilled in England, says the Royal College of Psychiatrists. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Theresa May names lead to review Mental Health Act
The prime minister has announced the former president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists will lead an independent review of the Mental Health Act. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 4, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Mental health days aren't helping, psychiatrist claims
Sir Simon Wessely, former president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, warned the NHS is unable to cope with patients. Campaigns would only convince more people they are ill, he said. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Psychiatric care is postcode lottery, say medical experts
The huge variation means good quality care cannot be delivered, says the Royal College of Psychiatrists. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Drink and drug service cuts will hit overstretched A & Es
Cuts to addiction services will impact A&Es and cost the NHS more in the long run, claims a Royal College of Psychiatrists professor. Budgets for services in some areas have been slashed by 50%. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chance to put mental health at heart of NHS services could be missed
18 May 2017A key opportunity to revolutionise mental health care could be missed because flagship NHS schemes are not doing enough to put it at the heart of services, according to a new report by The King’s Fund and the Royal College of Psychiatrists.The report, Mental health and new models of care, looks at mental health in vanguard areas– flagship NHS schemes that bring services together. These include groups of GP surgeries working collaboratively to cater for up to 50,000 patients and NHS organisations coming together to deliver the full range of health care in their area.There is strong evidence that addre...
Source: The King's Fund - Press - May 18, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Medical schools urged to promote psychology
Royal College of Psychiatrists says psychology should be offered as second science Related items fromOnMedica GPs and practice nurses inadequately trained in mental health Government outlines plans for expanding medical training Better training for GPs needed to help prevent suicide GMC calls for major overhaul of medical training Help offered to medical students in crisis (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 5, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: Warning over 'neglected' elderly mental health services
The president elect of the Royal College of Psychiatrists has warned mental health services for older people are being “neglected” and she will make a priority for the college. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - March 14, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Mapped: The areas failing to increase mental health spending
Data analysed by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, shared with HSJ, shows that mental health funding has dropped in four STP footprints as a proportion of the total allocations given to the CCGs in each patch between 2015-16 and 2016-17. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - March 9, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Eating disorders in middle-aged women 'common'
Conclusion This well-designed cross-sectional analysis used data from an existing longitudinal study to investigate the prevalence of eating disorders in middle-aged women and see what childhood, parenting and personality risk factors were associated with the onset of an eating disorder. The research found that more than 1 in 10 middle aged women experience some form of eating disorder in their lifetime. It found that all potentially harmful childhood life events such as child sexual abuse, death of a carer and parental divorce, were associated with the onset of eating disorders. An association with traumatic life eve...
Source: NHS News Feed - January 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Mental health Food/diet Source Type: news

Action to tackle early deaths of people living with severe mental illness
A joint report published today by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges sets out essential actions to improve the physical health of adults with severe mental il (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - October 25, 2016 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Rethinking risk to others in mental health services
In 2008, the Royal College of Psychiatrists published Rethinking Risk to Others in Mental Health Services (CR150). This was the first of several reports addressing issues of risk, with risk to others prioritised in the context of high-profile incidents implicating risk-management issues in mental health services. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical school 'banter' undermining general practice, warns RCGP
The RCGP and Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPSYCH) have denounced medical school 'banter', warning it is far from 'a bit of fun' and is stigmatising their specialties. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 30, 2016 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Audit of early intervention in psychosis services
The Royal College of Psychiatrists College Centre of Quality Improvement has published a baseline audit showing variation among early intervention in psychosis (EIP) services in delivering National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommended interventions. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 18, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Plea to shelve contract imposition
Medical royal college leaders have called for health secretary Jeremy Hunt to shelve his plan to impose the junior doctors’ contract. They have described the move as ‘ill-conceived’ and said they were dismayed at the impasse — with the health secretary refusing to return to talks. It comes after the BMA told Mr Hunt it would call off next week’s industrial action if he responded by dropping the imposition. College leaders have urged Mr Hunt to accept that offer, which Mr Hunt has so far rejected. Royal College of Psychiatrists president Simon Wessely said in a statement: ‘If, as a junior...
Source: BMA News - April 22, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Responsibilities of psychiatrists who provide expert opinion to courts and trubunals
The Special Committee for Professional Practice and Ethics was asked by the Registrar of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2012 to develop new guidelines concerning the ethical duties of psychiatrists giving evidence as experts in different kinds of court. These new guidelines were intended in part to be a response to the duties of expert witnesses that were being formulated by the courts themselves in the context of review of the costs of expert testimony. They were also aimed at further acknowledging that giving evidence as a psychiatric expert is a competency that cannot be assumed, but ha...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Seasonal affective disorder 'may be a myth', study argues
Conclusion This cross-sectional study investigated whether season, latitude and sunlight exposure are linked to depressive symptoms that can be experienced in SAD. The researchers found these factors had no effect on the occurrence of depressive symptoms. However, this study has a number of important limitations. Depression was not a clinical diagnosis – it was based on the participant's response to a questionnaire over the phone. This presents problems, as some people may not have answered questions truthfully, and those with depression or SAD may not have answered the phone. The Royal College...
Source: NHS News Feed - January 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Mental health Source Type: news

Bristol medic recognised as rising star by Royal College of Psychiatry
A University of Bristol medical student has received a double honour from the Royal College of Psychiatrists. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - November 24, 2015 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Current students, Health; Faculty of Health Sciences; Press Release Source Type: news