- Set standards and promote excellence in psychiatry and mental healthcare
- Lead, represent and support psychiatrists
- Work with service users, carers and their organisations
The College is committed to patient-centred practice through:
- Innovation and research
- Lifelong learning
- Fairness and inlusion
- Ethical practice
- Multidisciplinary working
The Royal College of Psychiatrists promotes mental health. Mental health can be compromised by many factors, including mental and physical illnesses, learning disabilities, personality disorders, lifestyle and life experiences.
The College collaborates with key players in the mental health field and are champions for improvements in the quality of mental healthcare throughout all sectors of society.
Public education is at the heart of our activities and is an essential component of our website: http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/
The College produces award-winning, evidence-based series of illustrated leaflets on common mental health problems. These are available in paper form and on the website.
The College publishes books, reports and educational materials for mental healthcare professionals.
It also publishes the four main UK psychiatric journals including the British Journal of Psychiatry, Psychiatric Bulletin, Advances in Psychiatric Treatment and International Psychiatry. http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/publications.aspx
Interested in a career in psychiatry?
Mental illness is extremely common - research suggests that one person in four will experience some kind of mental health problem in their lifetime. Many of use may already have experience of mental health problems. We may have a relative, friend or partner who suffers from depression, or who has marital difficulties, problems with drugs or alcohol or is looking after a parent with dementia. These are issues that affect us all.
- Psychiatrists are medically qualified doctors who have go on to specialise in the diagnosis of mental illness and who use a range of medications and therapies to help people recover. Doctors are attracted to psychiatry as a profession for a number of reasons.
- Psychiatry is: innovative, exciting and rewarding; UK training schemes for would-be psychiatrists are some of the highest quality and well-structured on offer; working conditions are flexible with many opportunities for part-time working, making it attractive to women and doctors with families.
To find out more, whether as a school leaver or undergraduate medical student:
History of the College
The Royal College of Psychiatrists has been in existence in some form since 1841. First as the "Association of Medical Officers of Asylums and Hospitals for the Insane" (later changed to the Medico Psychological Association) then, in 1926 it received its Royal Charter to become the "Royal Medico Psychological Association, and finally, in 1971 receiving a Supplemental Charter to become the "Royal College of Psychiatrists"
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