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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 4, 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 24, 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 17, 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

How social media is fuelling the worrying rise in eating disorders
You can't avoid the overwhelming message of our age, that weight loss is good, says former anorexic Emma Woolf (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - June 4, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: eating disorders Supersize vs Superskinny social media anorexia Royal College of Psychiatrists fasting journal thinspiration orthorexia Source Type: news

Improving England’s mental health
The document, Improving England’s Mental Health: the First 100 Days and Beyond, comes from the Centre for Mental Health, the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Network, Mind, Rethink Mental Illness and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 2, 2015 Category: UK Health Authors: Maria Axford Source Type: news

Psychiatric Experts Weigh In On What Could Have Motivated Germanwings Co-Pilot
LONDON (AP) — A disgruntled worker shoots up a workplace. A student opens fire at a high school. A pilot crashes a planeload of people into a mountainside. There may never be a convincing explanation for such devastating acts of violence, but experts say certain personality disorders such as extreme narcissism can help push people who want to take their own lives to take those of others at the same time. But as German prosecutors search for what might have motivated co-pilot Andreas Lubitz to deliberately smash the Germanwings plane carrying 149 other people into the French Alps, many experts caution against specul...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 30, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Open approach to mental healthcare
Last week, a report by the all-party parliamentary group on mental health said people with mental health problems receive substandard care (Report, theguardian.com, 4 March). In response, the president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Professor Simon Wessely, asked to see “good words translated into good deeds”. The good news is that some of these good deeds are already happening – but at the frontline. On NHS Change Day on Wednesday nearly 500 people attended the first national conference, in London, on peer-supported “open dialogue”. They heard firsthand reports of the profound changes...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 18, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Guardian Staff Tags: Mental health NHS Psychology Society Science Finland Europe UK news Source Type: news

College president warns against clustering in mental health
Parts of the mental health service could be destabilised by the ‘cluster’ payment system proposed for the sector, the president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists has warned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 20, 2014 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Mentally ill lacking help: Only three in ten people with a common condition such as depression receive treatment
Professor Simon Wessely, president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said that some youngsters with mental health issues get ‘literally no’ treatment. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 14, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) 2014International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) 2014
Read clinically focused news coverage of key developments from RCPsych 2014. Medscape Psychiatry (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 24, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Conference Coverage Source Type: news

Jeremy Hunt: BBC 'extraordinary' to criticise me over mental health commitment
The Health Secretary hits out at the BBC for challenging his record on visiting mental health trusts amid claims the service is heading for a 'car crash' (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - June 24, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: mental health Royal College of Psychiatrists criticise BBC health secretary Jeremy Hunt Professor Sue Bailey Source Type: news

VIDEO: Mental health services 'a car crash'
Mental health services in England are 'a car crash' according to the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 24, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mental health services 'a car crash'
Mental health services in England are "a car crash" and not prioritised by the health secretary, says the Royal College of Psychiatrists' outgoing president. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 24, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mental health bed shortage forcing doctors to section patients
Underfunding reaching tipping point warns Royal College of Psychiatrists PresidentRelated items from OnMedicaChildren with mentally ill parents go 'unnoticed' Old people unable to access mental health services Mental health remains 'Cinderella specialty'Scheme to help depressed patients is rolled out nationwideMental health patients sent hundreds of miles for care (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 2, 2014 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Christian counsellors ban therapy aimed at 'converting' gay patients
Association of Christian Counsellors bans trying to turn gay patients straight but disgraced therapist vows to fight rulingBritain's leading body for Christian therapists has instructed its members to stop trying to turn gay patients straight using so-called "conversion therapy".The Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) said the practice should be stopped "in the interests of public safety", but the move has prompted a furious response from proponents of talking "cures" for homosexuality who have promised to fight for what they see as the right to therapy of anyone distressed by "unw...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 13, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Patrick Strudwick Tags: The Guardian Psychology Sexuality Mental health World news Gay rights Society Equality Christianity Religion Science Source Type: news

Report calls for A&E psychiatry boost
The Royal College of Psychiatrists say every acute hospital must have dedicated psychiatry liason serviceRelated items from OnMedicaMajor trauma care service is lamentablePresumed consent only way to get more organsPoor deal for mental health patients in emergenciesMore A&E consultants needed to ensure patient safetyMental health remains 'Cinderella specialty' (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 24, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Student of the Year award for top medic
A former University of Bristol student has been named Medical Student of the Year 2013 by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Nicholas Deakin, who graduated earlier this year and now works as an Academic Foundation Doctor at Barts Health NHS Trust, beat nominees from across the UK to win the accolade. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - November 19, 2013 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: news_text Tags: Press releases Source Type: news

New Treatment Guidelines for Gender Dysphoria ReleasedNew Treatment Guidelines for Gender Dysphoria Released
New guidelines for the assessment and treatment of gender dysphoria have been published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the United Kingdom. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 24, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Hard To Treat Depression Patients Recover Completely With Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS)
Data from the first 'real-world' treatment audit presented at The Royal College of Psychiatrists' International Congress 2013 in Edinburgh show that 60% of patients with treatment-resistant depression achieved complete remission (patients report and show no symptoms) when treated with repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS).[1] These data are in-line with results reported in major treatment centres in the US and Canada... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 8, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Depression Source Type: news

International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) 2013International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) 2013
Read clinically focused news coverage of key developments from RCPsych 2013. Medscape Psychiatry (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 5, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Conference Coverage Source Type: news

Could an MRI Diagnose Bipolar Disorder?
It's possible - and with today's technology. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have found that there is a clear difference between brain activity in patients who have unipolar depression from those who have bipolar disorder. Right now it can be difficult to diagnose bipolar disorder. And since bipolar disorder is so often misdiagnosed as clinical depression at first, and it can take months or years for the correct diagnosis to be made, a test like this could make an enormous difference to people haven't been diagnosed correctly - even saving lives. All this is according to Professor Mary Phillips, professor of ...
Source: About.com Bipolar Disorder - June 3, 2013 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Only One In Ten Smokers With Poor Mental Health Prescribed A Smoking Cessation Medication
Although smoking prevalence has declined in the United Kingdom over recent decades, it has changed little among people with mental health disorders, remaining substantially higher than the national average. Yet a study published in the journal Addiction, presenting work carried out for a report released by the Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Psychiatrists called 'Smoking and Mental Health', suggests that general practitioners (GPs) are missing opportunities to help smokers with mental health disorders to quit... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - April 1, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Smoking / Quit Smoking Source Type: news

RPS welcomes calls for parity between mental and physical health
The RPS is welcoming the publication of a report (Whole Person Care: From Rhetoric to Reality) by the Royal College of Psychiatrists which calls for (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - March 26, 2013 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Give mental health same priority as physical, says Royal College of Psychiatrists
Mental health should be given as much priority as physical health, the Royal College of Psychiatrists has claimed, as those with severe mental illness die 15 to 20 years sooner. (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - March 25, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: 1 HEALTH Mental Source Type: news

A Safe Bet: Treat Pathologic Gambling Like Alcohol AddictionA Safe Bet: Treat Pathologic Gambling Like Alcohol Addiction
Guidelines to prevent or treat gambling addiction should mirror those for alcohol addiction, according to a new report from the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines)
Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines - March 7, 2013 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Wednesday 16 January
The prescription of sleeping pills and tranquillisers should be reduced and carefully monitored because of the dangers of addiction and dependency, according to a group of health professionals. The alliance, which includes the, The Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), the Department of Health and the Royal College of Psychiatrists, is calling on doctors to prescribe drugs such as the benzodiazepine Valium only under very particular circumstances. (Source: Royal College of Nursing News Alert)
Source: Royal College of Nursing News Alert - January 16, 2013 Category: Nursing Source Type: news