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The College Policy Unit coordinates,
develops and advises on issues affecting, mental health policy and
The unit works closely with College members to represent the
expertise of the psychiatric profession both internally and to a
range of external audiences.
We aim to bring about change for the benefit of those affected by
mental illness by producing expert reports and advice, influencing
key organisations and decision makers, and raising the profile of
mental health and the positive impact of psychiatrists.
The unit is also closely involved with the Parliamentary
and Public Affairs work of the College and works with
government departments, patients and carers, parliamentarians and
many professional bodies, health and social care charities and
Parliament & Public Affairs
Main areas of
Health Taskforce and strategy
Jonathan Blay is the Public Affairs Manager
and can be contacted on 020 3701 2549 or email: Jonathan.Blay@rcpsych.ac.uk
The College switchboard number is 0207
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The Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health is a new
collaboration between 17 leading organisations with an interest in
mental health and learning disabilities.
The JCP-MH publishes best practice guidance on the key values and
principles for effective mental health commissioning.