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Welcome to the Volunteering and International
Psychiatry Special Interest Group (VIPSIG). On
this page you can sign up to the VIPSIG
community and register for the volunteer scheme at the
college and start promoting and supporting mental health
You can also find information on current and past global
volunteering projects and access a wealth of other VIPSIG
Dr Sophie Thompson to become VIPSIG chair from
VIPSIG is open to all members and
associates of the College. We do also consider non-College
membership from other disciplines on a case by case basis.
There are two ways Members of the College can
If you are not already a Member of RCPsych and would like to
become one, register
Non-College members wishing to join VIPSIG should email
Dr Peter Hughes.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists is committed to supporting
mental health care across the world, particularly in countries that
are known to suffer from an acute shortage of psychiatrists. The
College’s volunteer scheme aims to facilitate contact between
hospitals, clinics, projects and communities in need of psychiatric
expertise and training, and psychiatrists who are willing to offer
their time and support.
To register with the RCPsych volunteer scheme, you will need to
complete and return the volunteers registration form.
To be announced
The aim of the Volunteering and International
SIG is primarily altruistic. VIPSIG will promote and support mental
health accessibility to all regardless of location and means.
VIPSIG hopes to support training and education
in the international arena and will aim to:
As well as having an international focus,
VIPSIG will also be a forum for volunteer work in the UK. This is
an area that needs some development and will fit into the
Government’s objectives. VIPSIG will function by e-groups, virtual
and face-to-face meetings. We will aim to have our meetings
throughout the UK.
If you don't have an account please
Click here to Register
Please join us at our committee meetings,
2:00-4:30pm. (1:30-2:00pm for executive meeting). All disciplines,
students, training grades and non-psychiatrists very welcome.
(Please email SIGadmin@rcpsych.ac.uk beforehand
to inform of your attendance as per building security policy).