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

Update from RCPsych in Scotland

Integration of Adult Health and Social Care in Scotland – Consultation on ProposalsIntegration of Adult Health and Social Care in Scotland – Consultation on proposals

The Scottish Government has issued a document setting out their proposals for integrating health and social care services for adults in Scotland. Primarily the changes will affect older people’s services but other services could be included.  A summary of the document and the main consultation questions is on our website. We would welcome responses from any member of the College in Scotland. The deadline for responding is 1 September 2012.


The Alcohol (Scotland) (Minimum Price) Bill

This was passed by the Scottish Parliament in May – a proud day for our Chair, Dr Peter Rice and colleagues from across the various Health organisations and charities who campaigned for this over a long period of time.


Self Directed Support

We responded to the Health and Sport Committee’s call for written views on the Social Care (Self-Directed Support) (Scotland) Bill. Although the College is generally in favour of the bill and its provisions, we have significant concerns about the vulnerability of people who are disadvantaged by mental health problems but who retain capacity to make decisions about their affairs. See our newly revamped Consultation page at the website for a copy of the full response


Consultation on Scotland’s Tribunal SystemConsultation on Scotland’s Tribunal System

We responded to the Scottish Government’s proposals to re-organise all the Tribunals in Scotland, including the Mental Health Tribunal Scotland. See our response.


Establishment of Academic Faculty of the RCPsychiS

As part of the ongoing development of the Faculties in Scotland,the Academics had their inaugural meeting on 17 May 2012 and elected Professor Stephen Lawrie as the Chair and Professor Ian Reid as the Vice-Chair.  Anyone wishing to have more information or to get mailings from this Faculty should contact Angela Currie.


Name change

In line with the College Faculty our Learning Disability Faculty has changed its name to the Faculty of Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability of the RCPsychiS.




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