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

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Service Users' Forum and Carers' Forum

The first meetings of the Service Users’ Forum and Carers’ Forum were held in January 2008 and the Fora continue to meet four times a year. Both Fora have up to 30 members, with representation from RCPsych in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Carers and SURF annual meeting 2009



  • To support and provide input into the work of the College to ensure that all policy and activity will be informed by the experiences and perspectives identified by service users and carers.

This would be achieved through a regular forum which will:

  • respond to and initiate strategic policy;
  • contribute to the development of good practice guidelines;
  • contribute to the training of College members;
  • signpost to a wider constituency of service user and carer groups and individuals;
  • improve mutual understanding with College members;
  • contribute to supporting good practice.

How do the Service User Forum and Carers Forum contribute to the work of the College?

  • Respond to external policy documents and College policy
  • Get involved in consultation workshops on different aspects of College work
  • Are represented on the following Committees:
    • Academy of Royal Medical Colleges Patient Lay Group
    • Council
    • Curriculum and Assessment Committee
    • Informatics Committee
    • Multi-Agency Mental Health Act Group
    • Patient Safety Expert Working Group
    • Policy and Public Affairs Committee
    • Promoting Recruitment into Psychiatry Committee
    • Psychiatric Trainees’ Committee
    • Public Engagement Editorial Board
    • Revalidation and CPD Committee
    • Professional Practice and Ethics Committee
    • Special Committee on Human Rights
    • Westminster Parliamentary Liaison Committee


There are currently no vacancies on the Service Users’ and Carers’ Fora, however there are vacancies for service user and carer involvement on other College Division and Faculty Executive Committees. Please see the posts for members area of the website for more information.



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