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

Volunteering and International Psychiatry Special Interest Group (VIPSIG)


Volunteering and International Psychiatry Special Interest GroupWelcome 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 globally.

You can also find information on current and past global volunteering projects and access a wealth of other VIPSIG resources.

ANNOUNCEMENT

Dr Sophie Thompson to become VIPSIG chair from June 2017.

 

Join VIPSIG

 

Register for the RCPsych volunteer scheme

 

Events

 

More about VIPSIG


Join VIPSIG

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 join VIPSIG:

If you are not already a Member of RCPsych and would like to become one, register online.

Non-College members wishing to join VIPSIG should email Dr Sophia Thomson.

 

Register for the RCPsych volunteer scheme

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.

Events

This Event is now soled out. To add your name to the waiting list please email jonathan.bennett@rcpsych.ac.uk.

VIPSIG Annual Day Conference 2017 - September 29
'Global Mental Health and Human Rights'

Booking is now open for our annual day conference. We hope you will see that we have arranged stimulating and experienced speakers about the challenges as well as WHO Response to Human Rights. You can download a copy of the full programme here.

This conference is open to all interested professionals and hence please feel free to pass on to any colleagues who may be interested.

Essay Prize

We would also like your ideas and experiences, so we have set up an essay prize competition. This competition is open to Medical students, foundation trainees, psychiatry trainees, SAS and specialty doctors. Your submission should be an original essay on the subject of Global Mental Health and Human Rights and under 2000 words.

Submissions closed on 1 September 2017. The two best essays will be acknowledged on the day and receive a free place at the conference.

 

About VIPSIG, news and further information

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:

  • Promote volunteer work overseas and expand the population of people interested in this work.
  • Be a voice that will inform the College and serve as an agent in this work.
  • Have a fundraising role in order to develop more volunteer possibilities.
  • Produce a newsletter in order to celebrate volunteerism in the UK and globally.
  • Establish e-groups in order to promote this field by regular discussion.
  • Promote appropriate training materials for volunteers overseas.
  • Explore web-based psychiatry training to assist training sites in mental health.
  • Establish links with non-governmental organisations and Diaspora communities.
  • Promote overseas electives for medical students and encouragement of psychiatry as a career.
  • Promote the overseas experience in psychiatry as a desirable attribute for the NHS.

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.

 

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VIPSIG

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).

  • Friday 15 December 2017 (RCPsych, London)