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

About the Faculty of Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability

Faculty of the psychiatry of learning disabilityAims of the Faculty

The Faculty aims to actively engage its nearly 900 members in expanding knowledge about the psychiatry of intellectual disability and in the development of policy that promotes the well-being of people with intellectual disabilities. To achieve this the organisation of the Faculty is as follows:



Academic activity

In addition to the Faculty contribution to the College annual conference, the Faculty holds a day conference each spring and a residential conference each autumn. These aim to be both informative and enjoyable and the residential conference includes a dinner and entertainment. Well over a hundred people routinely attend these meetings.


Strategic objectives 2013 - 2014

Dr Ian Hall, Faculty Chair:

This document summarises the Faculty’s main strategic objectives for the coming year, that were formulated at a meeting of Faculty Executive and Regional Representatives in July 2013.

With our initial work for the Winterbourne Concordat nearing completion, we aim to build on that this year by focussing our work around 4 main themes: Quality, Evidence, Commissioning and Communication.

We would welcome feedback about the strategy, so if you have any comments about the strategy, please email


Communication with membership

The members of the Executive Committee communicate with the Faculty membership through the Newsletter, Website and the Business meetings that are held at each Faculty conference. In addition the lead for the sub-groups and working parties often arrange consultation workshops with the membership at conferences. The Regional Representatives should arrange to meet regularly with the members in their area. They also have an annual joint meeting with the Executive Committee and attend the annual Strategic Planning away day. Direct individual approaches from members of the Faculty to their Regional Representative or Executive Committee members are always welcome.


How to join

If you are a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists working or training in Intellectual Disability Psychiatry, you can join the Faculty by calling +44 (0)20 7235 2351, ext. 102 or by email.


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Election results: Find out who has been elected into the Executive Committee.


New appointment: Congratulations to Dominic Slowie on his appointment as the new Clinical Director for Learning Disability at Public Health England.



Latest: January 2015



Mon 11 May 2015 - Intellectual Disability Faculty Spring Conference, RCPsych, London


30 September - 1 October  2015 - Intellectual Disability Faculty Annual Conference, Newcastle


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