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

Regional Advisors & Regional Specialty Representatives


This page is the central source of information for the College’s Regional Advisors, Regional Specialty Representatives and their deputies.


These roles are senior College positions, between them representing the College on all matters relating to postgraduate education, professional development and the formulating and approval of appropriate job descriptions in psychiatric posts.


Lists of vacancies for these positions are kept up to date on the divisional pages of the College website. Holders of these positions have a vital role in carrying out College functions, and the divisions are always interested in hearing from qualified members who are keen to get more involved in College policy.


College members holding these positions are also expected to become College Assessors, representing the College on AAC consultant interview panels, providing a crucial link to the workforce intelligence held by the College. Read more about the work of College Assessors and how to access training for this role.


Training and induction

The College provides induction and training for all new and existing Regional Advisors, Regional Specialty Representatives and deputies. This training is provided annually in the College's main building in London. The next induction and training day will be held on the afternoon of Wednesday 7 March 2018 in London. For further details and to book a place please get in touch with the workforce team or your local division


Job descriptions

Job descriptions for each of the posts in England and Wales, and in Scotland, can be found below. The job descriptions in Scotland differ from those in England and Wales, reflecting the different nature of the role, especially around the approval of NHS job descriptions.

Approval process for psychiatrist job descriptions

There is a national process agreed by all the divisions in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for assessing and approving consultant and specialty doctor job descriptions. Details of this process are below. The College also provides a 'baseline' consultant job description for use by trusts developing their own JDs for approval by the College. Using this baseline JD will make the approval process for JDs quicker and more efficient.

Useful documents

The following documents are essential reading for all Regional Advisors, Regional Specialty Representatives and deputies.


Contact details and further 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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