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

Workforce information


The College plays a major role in workforce planning and aims to ensure a well-trained workforce of psychiatrists working in the UK to deliver safe, sustainable and flexible services for patients.

The Training and Working Unit, based in Professional Standards department in the College, supports and manages a number of workstreams as part of this aim.


Workforce planning

The College works with Health Education England (HEE) and other organisations to support improvements to the planning of education and training programmes from 2015. HEE have published a workforce plan for 2015-16. For the past two years, the College has agreed with its faculties and workforce advisors a written submission in response to HEE's call for evidence to all medical royal colleges. The Royal College of Psychiatrists provided a response in July 2015, setting out the evidence of workforce needs across the psychiatric specialties. The College also works closely with the Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI), who published in 2014 an in-depth study on the future workforce needs in psychiatry.


Royal College of Psychiatrists workforce census

Every two years the College conducts a bi-annual survey of the psychiatric workforce in the UK. The results from the 2015 RCPsych workforce census, the latest survey conducted, are available on the College website. The next workforce census will be conducted in 2017.


Job planning and recruitment

The Training and Workforce Unit supports the network of College Regional Advisors, who have a crucial role in approving NHS job descriptions for psychiatrists. The unit also supports a large network of approximately 500 College Assessors, who attend Advisory Appointment Committee (AAC) panels on behalf of the College and help ensure consultant appointees are of the required standard. 


Contact information

Training and Workforce
Professional Standards
Royal College of Psychiatrists
21 Prescot Street
London, E1 8BB
Tel:   020 3701 2616
Fax:  020 3701 2761
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