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


Parliament and Public Affairs



The College's public affairs team works to support and promote the interests of psychiatrists, service users and carers through developing links with Parliament and providing information and advice on psychiatric and mental health matters to politicians, civil servants and other opinion formers.

The College's parliamentary work is directed by the College's Westminster Parliamentary Liaison Committee. The Scottish, Welsh, and Northern Ireland offices carry out public affairs work in their respective countries.

We gather political intelligence to inform our approach, and work closely with government ministers, shadow spokespeople and other MPs and Peers. We pursue College priorities through briefings on legislation, debates, parliamentary questions and consultation responses. We also meet with parliamentarians from all parties on a regular basis and attend party conferences.

As the parliamentary voice of the College, we are always eager to hear from College members about any recent developments or concerns in your area. We can also help you to develop links with local politicians to discuss issues affecting your area.
To find out more information, or to see how you can get involved, please contact:
Jonathan Blay, Public Affairs Manager on or 020 3701 2549