The aim of the Volunteering and International SIG is primarily
altruistic. VIPSIG will promote and support mental health
accessibility to all regardless of location and means.
VIPSIG hopes to support training and education in the
international arena and will aim to:
- Promote volunteer work overseas and expand the population of
people interested in this work.
- Be a voice that will inform the College and serve as an agent
in this work.
- Have a fundraising role in order to develop more volunteer
- Produce a newsletter in order to celebrate volunteerism in the
UK and globally.
- Establish e-groups in order to promote this field by regular
- Promote appropriate training materials for volunteers
- Explore web-based psychiatry training to assist training sites
in mental health.
- Establish links with non-governmental organisations and
- Promote overseas electives for medical students and
encouragement of psychiatry as a career.
- Promote the overseas experience in psychiatry as a desirable
attribute for the NHS.
As well as having an international focus, VIPSIG will also be a
forum for volunteer work in the UK. This is an area that needs some
development and will fit into the Government’s objectives. VIPSIG
will function by e-groups, virtual and face-to-face meetings. We
will aim to have our meetings throughout the UK.
VOLUNTEER SCHEME AT THE
The Royal College of Psychiatrists is committed to supporting
mental health care across the world, particularly in countries that
are known to suffer from an acute shortage of psychiatrists.
The College’s volunteer scheme aims to facilitate contact
between hospitals, clinics, projects and communities in need of
psychiatric expertise and training, and psychiatrists who are
willing to offer their time and support.
Volunteering and International
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