Equality in Action

The College is committed to ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion is embedded within all it does, for existing and future members, associates, affiliates, staff and visitors. Here are some of the actions we are doing to deliver on the Colleges Equality Action Plan.


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RCPsych scoops host of accolades at membership sector awards ceremony

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In 2022, we signed up to the Disability Confident Employer Scheme, which encourages employers to take action to improve how they recruit, retain and develop disabled people. Having received Level 2 status in June, we will continue to review policies and practices to create more inclusive workplaces.

web - silver stonewallIn January 2021 we joined the Stonewall Diversity Champions Scheme and the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (SWEI). We were pleased to receive the Stonewall Silver Employer award for the SWEI and ranked 134th top employer for our commitment to LGBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace. 

lgbtqTo help understand our LGBTQ+ member experiences, we undertook our first ever LGBTQ+ survey earlier this year. The survey revealed worrying levels of discrimination, with one in two psychiatrists experiencing hostility at work because of their sexuality or gender identity. Read our LGBTQ+ Research 2022 report here.

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The Advancing Mental Health Equality Collaborative (AMHE) was established in 2021 by the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH). It uses Quality Improvement to advance equality in mental health care, supporting organisations to implement the  AMHE resource

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We were delighted to be named Charity of the Year at the European Diversity Awards.

The award recognised our commitment and outstanding work in the field of equality, diversity and inclusion, specifically addressing the equalities agenda in healthcare.

Tackling racism in the workplace

The College has established a working group, including representatives from Faculties, members with lived experience, and patient and carer representatives, to develop a guide to tackling racism in the workplace, in mental health services.

The guide is aimed at preventing instances of racism experienced by members in the workplace and ensuring an adequate response is provided and support is available.

An awareness campaign will support the launch and roll-out of the guidance in spring 2023.

Other activity

The College continues to celebrate key diversity events throughout the year. You can access member activity for these events on the links below:

Our SIGs lead on key issues within psychiatry and mental health, such as diversity, marginalised groups and sustainability. Each Special Interest Group has a Chair and an Executive Committee:

  • Women’s SIG – We work to improve the mental health of women, everywhere.

  • Rainbow SIG – We aim to promote and research the mental health of LGBTQ+ people.

  • Transcultural (TSIG) – TSIG supports policy and practise to improve the care of socially excluded and marginalised groups where culture is influential in the expression and management of mental distress.

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