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


Council meets four times a year.

The responsibilities of the council (given in Section XIX of the bye-laws) are:

  • to elect people to fellowship and membership of the college
  • education, policy, professional practice, professional standards, public engagement, quality, research, and training in psychiatry
  • considering and approving applications for pre-membership psychiatric trainees (PMPTs), affiliates, mental health associates, specialist associates and international associate membership
  • to make recommendations to the Board of Trustees for new faculties
  • to make recommendations to the Board of Trustees about the nature, scope and extent of the privileges of membership, including changes
  • making, changing or cancelling regulations about the examinations. (The council has no power to make other regulations but may make recommendations to the Board of Trustees.)

The membership of the council is:

  • President*, chair
  • Registrar*
  • Dean*
  • Treasurer*
  • all UK/Ireland division chairs
  • all UK/Ireland faculty chairs
  • four elected members
  • all council committee chairs
  • one patient representative
  • one carer representative
  • up to five co-opted members.

*Holders of these offices automatically become members of the council.

There are 13 Committees of Council.

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