Our Invisible Addicts: College Report CR211

Royal College of Psychiatrists, March 2018

Evidence-based revision of Our Invisible Addicts, it focus’ on:

  • Portraying lived experience of substance misuse.
  • Examining public health aspects.
  • Emphasising the importance of comprehensive assessment.
  • Highlighting the relevance of alcohol-related brain damage and physical complications.
  • Detailing the nature, range and benefits of age-sensitive treatment approaches.
  • Exploring best practice in service delivery and implementation.
  • Developing education and training to improve workforce competencies.
  • Suggesting future areas for research and development.
  • Clarifying the role and relevance of ethical and legal aspects of care.

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Prescribing anti-epileptic drugs for people with epilepsy and intellectual disability: (College Report CR206)

Royal College of Psychiatrists, November 2017

This report addresses the extremely important area of epilepsy in the field of intellectual disability (ID), also known as learning disability. Epilepsy and ID are two conditions that carry stigma and can lead to social isolation. An individual who experiences both these problems faces huge challenges.

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Royal College of Psychiatrists workforce census

Royal College of Psychiatrists, November 2017

The latest Royal College of Psychiatrists workforce census of psychiatric staffing was run between April and September 2017 and provides a detailed analysis of the consultant and specialty doctor workforce in psychiatry across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. The report find that:

  • Levels of growth in filled consultant posts are largely static.
  • There is an ongoing rise in the reported number of vacant or unfilled consultant posts across the UK, up from 5% (2013), 7% (2015) to 9% (2017).
  • Vacancies in consultant posts are most acute in General, CAMHS, Old Age and Intellectual (Learning) Disability psychiatry.
  • There has been a sharp increase in the use of locum specialty doctors, a reflection of the ongoing recruitment difficulties at that grade.
  • A wide variation in the gender balance across different psychiatric specialities.

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Management of epilepsy in adults with intellectual disability – CR203

Royal College of Psychiatrists, May 2017

This report aims to clarify the role of the psychiatrist in intellectual disabilities (ID) in the management of epilepsy. The proposed tiered system of professional competency gives psychiatrists the option to identify their role in care provision and ensures a framework for training. It provides a structure from which a competency evaluation can be developed. The vision should be for all psychiatrists working with people with ID to have training and certification to one of the three levels of competency (Bronze, Silver and Gold).

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Good psychiatric practice: Relationships with pharmaceutical and other related organisations – CR202

Royal College of Psychiatrists, March 2017

This document provides guidance to those interacting or working with commercial organisations, including the pharmaceutical industry, on behalf of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The guidance applies mainly to competing interests but also includes advice on maintaining boundaries and clarity of roles.

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