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

Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry

About the faculty

Our vibrant and active faculty supports old age psychiatrist and trainees, promotes the mental wellbeing of older people and their families, and protects their rights.

New video

This short video explores the symptoms of depression in older people and what help you can get if you are feeling depressed. The video also shows how to cope if you are a friend or family member of an elderly person suffering from depression.


News and events

Notice of Election

Vacancies will arise on the Old Age Psychiatry Faculty executive in 2018 (to take office from 25 June 2018) for the positions of:

  • Financial Officer
  • Executive Committee members (eight vacancies)

Nominations are invited by 9 March 2018.

Contact: Richa Kataria via:


Key results of the 2017 survey of services is now available


NHS Primer on Mental Health in Older People

New NHS guidelines for practitioners in primary care

NHS England and NHS Improvement have published a document aimed at medical practitioners in primary care, in particular GPs, which highlights symptoms often attributed to old age but where a mental health diagnosis and follow-up is more appropriate.








Latest Newsletter



The Faculty is looking for patients or carers willing to talk to the media about depression in older people.

If you have any potential cases please download the letter (opens a Word document) for them and for your trusts. 

Business meeting minutes:


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What we have done in the last 3 months


We’ve put together some of the opportunities and useful information available to trainees in old age psychiatry, including a Higher Trainee group and free online training.

Prizes and bursaries

Prizes and bursaries are available throughout the year.


Best practice guidance, reports, policies and videos.

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