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


RCPsych would like to thank the Department for Work and Pensions for encouragement and support in developing guidance for individuals, employers and healthcare professionals on returning to fitness and to work following a period of mental ill health. This is a key area to address given the high numbers of people that experience mental ill health, the fluctuating nature of many mental health conditions and the scarcity of advice on recovery times and return to work.

This website was developed by a multi-professional group including psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational health physicians, HR professionals, employers, service users and carers. We are particularly grateful to the following people. Dr Jed Boardman (Chair of the Steering Group), Gail Adams, Janey Antoniou, Nick Bason, Dr Steve Boorman, Julia Burnside, Leasil Burrow, Dr Deborah Cohen, Emma Donaldson-Feilder, Dr Bob Grove, Deborah Hart, Dr Max Henderson Thomas Kennedy, Professor Sayeed Khan, Dr Paul Litchfield, Emer O’Neil, Dr Lesley Rogers, Dr David Ryan, Susan Scott-Parker, Professor Geoff Shepherd, Dr Philip Timms. We would to thank everyone who tested the website for us.


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