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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Committees of Council


Policy Committee (PC)

The PC focuses on any central policy issues which affect the work of all members. It

  • overviews, develops, and takes forward College policy across the jurisdictions, ensuring that it is updated when appropriate, often through the establishment of time-limited working groups;
  • co-ordinates and disseminates College responses to Council  and across all College jurisdictions;  
  • ensures a consistent approach to policy and legislation across relevant College jurisdictions, and the sharing of information and expertise; 
  • communicates policy effectively to the membership and the external environment;
  • develops new policy working with College Officers and membership.

Chaired by: College Registrar: Dr Laurence Mynors-Wallis 

Contact person: Helen Phillips

Programmes and Meetings Committee (PMC)

Role: A small advisory committee which is responsible for co-ordinating the timetable of College conferences, including the College’s Annual Meeting, and conferences organised by Faculties, Sections and Special Interest Groups.

Chaired by: The Director of Conferences: Dr Helen Miller

Contact person: Caroline Simms

Public Education Committee

Role: The Public Education Committee (PEC) aims to achieve greater awareness and understanding of mental illness and psychiatry by the media and the general public, and to promote its successes in order to overcome prejudice and fear. The Committee promotes awareness of the College and its functions, and has become one of the main sources of information on mental illness and psychiatry for the media. The Committee also disseminates information to people who suffer from mental illness and their carers, and generates media coverage nationally as well as regionally.

Chaired by: Deputy Registrar (Public Education and Patients and Carers): Dr Peter Byrne

Contact person: Thomas Kennedy

The Public Education Committee has a sub-committee:

  • The PEC Editorial Board

Role: The PEC Editorial Sub-Committee aims to produce, review and disseminate written mental health materials for the general public and ensure the production and distribution of materials of the highest quality

Chaired by: Co-opted member of the Public Education Committee: Dr Philip Timms

Contact person: Deborah Hart

Publications Management Board (PMB)

Role: Deals with all business matters relating to College journals, books and other publications.

Chaired by: Editor: Professor Peter Tyrer

Contact person: Dave Jago

Psychiatric Trainees Committee (PTC)

Role: The Psychiatric Trainees' Committee (PTC) aims to represent the interests of trainees within the College and to maintain and improve the quality of postgraduate psychiatric training. The PTC has produced reports on various aspects of training including: research training, management training, violence and trainees and the Trainees’ Charter, which has been endorsed as College policy. This seeks to increase awareness of trainees’ educational rights while also recognising their clinical responsibilities. The PTC is represented on most College's Committees, including Central Executive (on which the Chair, Vice-Chair and Honorary Secretary are all members), and the Education Training and Standards Committee (on which the Chair is a member). The PTC organises an annual Trainees Forum and a national Trainees residential weekend.


Three elected representatives from each College Division in England, three elected representatives from Wales, two elected representatives from each of the three regions in Scotland, three elected representatives from Northern Ireland, and one elected representative from each of three regions of the Republic of Ireland. A chair, a Vice-Chair, and an Honorary Secretary are elected from the Committee's membership.

Contact person: Rebecca Cove

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