Psychiatric reports: Preparation & use in cases involving asylum, removal from the UK or immigration detention – CR199

Royal College of Psychiatrists, October 2015

This guidance document is aimed primarily at psychiatrists who are requested to prepare medical reports on the mental health of persons seeking asylum, in immigration detention, and/or facing removal from the UK.

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance on:

•the purpose of expert medical evidence in such cases
•what to expect during instruction
•the legal requirements when providing an expert witness report to the court
•common issues and problems which may arise
•the legal framework for such reports in asylum and removal cases
•the key components of good quality reports.

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Perinatal mental health services: Recommendations for the provision of services for childbearing women

Royal College of Psychiatrists, July 2015

This report describes the provision of good-quality mental health services to childbearing women. It makes various recommendations and will assist those providing and planning services for pregnant and postpartum women across a range of disorders and severities at all levels of service provision. It outlines the particular importance of perinatal mental health problems and the need for specialised services.

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Guidance for the use of audio-visual recording in child psychiatric practice

Royal College of Psychiatrists, July 2015

This report presents guidelines that address all forms of recording, storage and transmission of audio-visual recording within child mental health practice, regardless of whether or not the recording forms part of the clinical record.

The report outlines the procedures involved in audio-visual recording including ensuring confidentiality and obtaining consent. It provides guidance for all child and adolescent psychiatrists, and all other professionals in CAMHS, who are involved in the making and subsequent use of audio-visual recordings.

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Improving acute inpatient psychiatric care for adults in England: interim report

The Commission on Acute Adult Psychiatric Care, July 2015

The Commission on Acute Adult Psychiatric Care was set up by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in response to widespread concerns about the provision of acute inpatient psychiatric beds and alternatives to admission available for patients. This interim report is based on the Commission’s initial observations about acute inpatient psychiatric services for adults in England and its discussions with patients, carers, advocates, health and social care professionals and policy makers. It finds that the so-called bed or admission crisis in adult mental health is very significantly a problem of discharges and alternatives to admission that can only be addressed through changes in services and management of the whole service.

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Training psychiatrists in emergency and out of hours care: Report of the Emergency Psychiatry Training Taskforce

Royal College of Psychiatrists, June 2015

Core trainees have reported concerns that they are not getting enough emergency psychiatry experience to practice safely and confidently as they progress to higher training. This is a complex area that involves service reconfiguration, training and, most importantly, patient safety.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists set up the Emergency Psychiatry Training Taskforce to look at the issue in detail and to make recommendations regarding standards for emergency psychiatry training.

The Taskforce makes two sets of recommendations in this report. First, it describes a set of minimum standards for the provision of emergency psychiatry training. These are designed to ensure trainees gain experience, well-supported and supervised training out of hours. Second, it makes a number of further recommendations that aim to improve the quality of emergency psychiatry training.

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Dementia and people with learning disabilities

Royal College of Psychiatrists, April 2015

The main purpose of the guidance is to enable those working in clinical and social care services to improve the quality of life of people with intellectual disabilities who develop dementia, by providing guidance to inform assessment, diagnosis, interventions and support. The guidance is aimed at clinicians in intellectual disabilities and older peoples’ mental health services and services for younger people with dementia. The decision about which services provide which part of the care pathway is a local decision to be taken by commissioners and providers, but ensuring that all elements of this guidance are considered and in place for people with intellectual disabilities and dementia.

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Continuing Professional Development: Guidance for Psychiatrists

Royal College of Psychiatrists, March 2015

This report is the Royal College of Psychiatrist’s new guidance for psychiatrists on continuing professional development.  All doctors in non-training grades who have a licence to practise and wish to remain on the General Medical Council (GMC) register must participate in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities to meet the requirements of revalidation.

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