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

RCPsych is a certified member of The Information Standard

Embargoed until 05 January 2010

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has been certified as a quality provider of health and social care information by The Information Standard – a new certification scheme for health and social care information.

The College has demonstrated we have the necessary processes and systems to ensure our information meets the rigorous quality criteria of The Information Standard. We have consequently been awarded The Information Standard quality mark, which we can display on our information materials as a mark of quality and reassurance for the public.

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The majority of the general public (71%)1 feels overwhelmed by the health and social care information available to them. The Information Standard was launched by the Department of Health as an initiative to give the public a quick way of identifying good quality health and social care information, and to drive up standards amongst producers.

Angela Coulter PhD, Hon FFPH, Hon FRCGP an independent healthcare analyst who advises on the scheme commented: “Those organisations that are able to display The Information Standard mark will immediately be able to differentiate themselves from competitors, as producing high quality information that people can rely upon. The rigorous certification procedure will help to raise information production standards and inspire confidence in organisations that they are performing to the highest standards.”

Deborah Hart, director of communications and policy at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: “The College has been producing mental health information for almost 20 years. Our award-winning leaflets provide evidence-based information on common mental health problems and treatments, and are used by millions of people in the UK and worldwide. We are delighted to be recognised as a quality provider of information, meaning people can be confident that the information produced by the College is always reliable and up-to-date.”

There are more than 50,000 organisations producing health and social care information in England. Any of these can apply to join the scheme and become certified, whether they are a public sector organisation (NHS or local authority), a voluntary sector organisation, or a commercial company.

For further information, please contact:
Sarah Nevins
Press & Social Media Officer
Telephone: 020 3701 2543
Claire McLoughlin
Media & Communications Manager 
Telephone: 020 3701 2544
Out of hours contact number: 07860 755896



1. Omnibus survey of 1,000 adults commissioned by DH and carried out by TNS in March 2007


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