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

About the Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry

We are a vibrant and active faculty that exists to promote the mental wellbeing of older people and their families. We strive to improve the experience of being an old age psychiatrist or trainee, and promote and protect the rights of older people with mental health problems.

The day-to-day business of the faculty is carried out by an Executive Committee of representatives and directly elected officers.


What we have done in the  last three months

  • Sent written responses to House of Commons enquiry into Adult Social Care and Suicide reduction
  • Replied to NICE guidances
  • Met with the Law Commission in relation to DoLs
  • Met with the incoming chair of the Royal College of GPs

Our strategic aims for 2017

The Faculty Executive met on 24th November 2016 and agreed the following strategic aims:

  1. To raise the profile of the Old Age Faculty to ensure it is seen as a go-to wherever the mental health of older people is concerned
  2. To identify and mitigate the current barriers to improving recruitment within Old Age Psychiatry across all levels of training, aiming to improve recruitment rates to those currently seen in other popular Psychiatry specialities
  3. To improve how the Faculty engages with its members and ensures member retention
  4. To increase awareness of mental health conditions in older people

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Contact us

Email: oldage@rcpsych.ac.uk

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