PCS News April 2016
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Practising What We Preach:
Self-Care & Self-Management for Psychiatrists.
Workshop with Dr Barry O’Donnell
@ Spring Conference, Carton House. THURSDAY 7TH APRIL, 14:15 – 15:30 hrs
We are delighted to welcome Dr Barry O’Donnell, Director of the School of Psychotherapy, St Vincent’s University Hospital, to explore the integration of self-care and self-management into our lifelong learning and professional competence.
Dr O’Donnell will look at how mental health professionals need to be equipped to handle unpredictable phenomena and their effects on their person. Dr Miriam Kennedy will chair the workshop and facilitate discussion around this theme which is so important for psychiatrists.
Hot Topics In Psychiatry
Two Speakers, Two CPD Credits, One Thursday per month
The ever-popular Hot Topics meetings are a great way to hear topical presentations from peers and experts; engage in lively discussion on the subject; gather CPD credits; and meet colleagues. The final meeting in our current Hot Topics series has been extended to 2.5 hours to welcome three speakers on the subject of Gender Dysphoria. A new series of meetings will commence in September 2016 – dates will be circulated soon.
THURSDAY 28TH APRIL: Dublin - 2.5 External Credits Extended meeting: 6.30–9.00pm Ashling Hotel, Dublin 8
GENDER DYSPHORIA – PSYCHIATRY & ENDOCRINOLOGY
Dr Aileen Murtagh, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, St Patrick’s Mental Health Services
Prof Donal O’Shea, Consultant Endocrinologist, St Vincent’s University & St Columcille’s Hospitals
Dr Paul Moran, Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist, St Columcille’s & St Michael’s Hospitals
Full details of this meeting on irishpsychiatry.ie. Bookings: email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01 661 8450.
See the Meetings & Events list on www.irishpsychiatry.ie for full details of these and all meetings with CPD credits.
Managing Patients' Health Anxiety
1 day workshop with Prof Peter & Dr Helen Tyrer
Hilton Hotel, Charlemont, Dublin 6
FRIDAY 27TH MAY 2016, 09:00-17:00 hrs
We are delighted to welcome Professor and Dr Tyrer to Dublin. With a special interest in Health Anxiety, they have kindly offered to run their workshop on 26th May for junior psychiatrists and clinicians, and on 27th May for senior psychiatrists and clinicians.
**Limited places - book early** 6 CPD credits
Full details of this meeting on irishpsychiatry.ie. To book your place, email: email@example.com or ring 01 634 4378.
Prof Peter Tyrer is Professor of Community Psychiatry in the Centre of Mental Health at Imperial College. He has been interested in the most common mental disorders ever since medical student days and has been particularly interested in anxiety, depression and personality disorder in terms of classification and treatment ever since.
Dr Helen Tyrer is a Senior Clinical Research Fellow at Imperial College, London, and a former general practitioner and specialist doctor in genito-urinary medicine. She now concentrates her work on the psychological treatment of anxiety and related disorders. Her book, Tackling Health Anxiety: a CBT Handbook, is published by RCPsych Press.
Complexity of Post-Traumatic Reactions
Prof Tanja Frančišković - Dept. of Psychiatry & Psychological Medicine, University of Rijeka, Croatia An EPA Academia CME Course
FRIDAY 14TH OCTOBER 2016
[Venue, time, other speakers & CPD to be confirmed]
As a National Member of the European Psychiatric Association, we have the opportunity each year to apply for a speaker from its “EPA Itinerant Course Programme”. We have just had confirmation that Prof Frančišković, who has worked in the field of psychotraumatology for more than two decades, will travel to Dublin to present on Post-Traumatic Reactions on Friday 14th October. Topics will include: How to understand Complex PTSD; Role of traumatic experience in Psychotic Disorders; Family & PTSD; Facing PTSD and Complex PTSD – what can be done in therapy. A full programme with venue, speakers and times will be circulated shortly.
Update your online CPD Diary this month
It’s that time of the year again …! Please ensure you update your
online CPD diary by 30th April 2016. We will leave the 2015/16
PCS year open on your diary until 5pm, Wednesday 11th May.
The 2015/16 PCS year will then be locked and you will no longer
be able to add or edit data. Please make sure you have good
evidence to support the external, internal and research /
examining / teaching credits you log.
- Don’t forget to confirm Clinical (Practice) Audit on your diary!
- Reflective notes can be saved for all categories of CPD if
you wish, and the Clinical (Practice) Audit title can also
be saved on your diary.
- Contact us in the PCS office if you need advice, assistance
with logging, or if you are having particular difficulties with
accruing CPD credits or Clinical (Practice) Audit.
Internal CPD credits for College Faculty, Committee, Working Group and Special Interest Group meeting attendance
Psychiatrists participating in these college meetings can claim a
maximum of five Internal CPD credits per year (1 credit per
meeting attended, up to a maximum of 5 in the year across all
committees) for attendance or dialling in. College administrators
will email individual summaries of attendance at qualifying
meetings to all concerned before 30th April.
CPD for Online Learning
Some websites (listed below) are approved by this College for
online CPD. Credits are usually allocated by the host organisation
per completed module. Where the organisation doesn’t indicate
the credits for the module, the general rule is 1 CPD credit per
hour of learning activity.
If you wish to claim online learning from one of the above
websites for CPD, you should ensure you complete any tests at
the end of a module and then print off your certificate for the
module. You may claim up to 10 External CPD credits per
year for online learning, plus a maximum of 5 Internal CPD credits per year.
Automatic Recognition of some events for
(A) External CPD credits approved by the medical training
bodies in Ireland (Royal College of Surgeons, Royal
College of Physicians, College of Anaesthetists, Irish
College of General Practitioners) are automatically
recognised by the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland. Ensure you
receive a Certificate of Attendance stating the External CPD
credits awarded. You do not need to apply to the CPsychI
for CPD approval or a CPD certificate. External CPD credits can
be claimed subject to our Guidelines*.
(B) EACCME accredited meetings – if you receive a certificate
of attendance which enumerates EACCME credits, you do not
need to apply to the CPsychI for CPD approval or a CPD
certificate. EACCME credits can be claimed as External CPD
credits subject to our Guidelines*.
(C) Some established psychiatric conferences /
international meetings are recognised by the CPsychI for
external CPD, subject to our guidelines*. You do not need
to apply to the CPsychI for approval or a CPD certificate for these
* GUIDELINES for automatic recognition of CPD * RECOGNITION OF OTHER EVENTS for External CPD
Annotation on PCS Statement to indicate
certified sick leave / maternity leave
Periods of certified illness >3 months and certified
maternity leave can impact on a doctor’s ability to meet the
requirements of PCS in a particular PCS year. From the current
PCS year onwards, if these circumstances cause a psychiatrist
difficulty in meeting the annual requirements of the scheme, the
psychiatrist should inform the college’s PCS office. We can
then confidentially note the circumstance on your file and have it
indicated on your Statement of Participation (by way of a
† symbol). This way, where there is a shortfall, there will be an
indication of a period of certified leave on your Statement for the
year concerned. The doctor should ensure (s)he has the relevant
documentation or certification to provide to the Medical Council if
Medical Council guidance: where PCS annual
minimum requirements are not met
The Medical Council has stated that:
“Doctors should always be advised and supported to achieve the
minimum targets for accrual of maintenance of competence
activities each year. However, where annual minimum targets
have not been achieved, in reviewing a doctor’s Statement of
Participation, the Medical Council will also take account of the
average accrual of credits across a 5 year period before any
decision is made regarding further action. It also takes into
account any particular circumstances which may be relevant.”
This guidance is welcome and should be of reassurance to
doctors who normally meet or exceed the minimum requirements
of the PCS, but have difficulties in a particular year.
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