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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 2016-17

Our strategic aims for 2016-2020 will be confirmed after our executive meeting in November 2016 but we are intending to highlight the under-recognition and under-treatment of depression.

In these times of rapid change out faculty has chosen to focus on several key issues:

  • DoLS and the recent law commission report - we are working to try and make sure that DoLS is less  bureaucratic and does the job it was initially designed to do - the protection of vulnerable adults without capacity.
  • Recruitment and retention - we need to reach out to medical students and foundation doctors and improve the visibility and attractiveness of psychiatry as a career, and are involved in designing training schemes that are attractive and varied for higher trainees.
  • We are finalising our report that has reviewed integrated services and our recommendations will include the importance of including the mental health needs in any integrated service and increasing the profile of the Old Age Psychiatrist in differing models of care. We will be finalising the recommendations and producing a fact sheet for members.
  • Ageless services - reducing the threat of ageless services .We have put together a resource pack for supportive information against ageless services (see resource section)
  • Liaison accreditation -.there has been successful endorsement of the specialism of Old age liaison (see resource pack for further information )
  • Reviewing and commenting on NICE guidelines relevant to older peoples mental health
  • MindEd - helping to support the development of  a MindEd for older people.

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