Committee on ECT and related treatments

The Committee on Electroconvulsive Therapy and Related Treatments deals with matters relating to ECT practice across the UK and practice in relation to other physical treatments.

The ECT Handbook – fourth edition

The ECT Handbook, published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, presents the latest clinical guidelines on the prescription and practical administration of electroconvulsive therapy and related treatments.

Training and accreditation

The committee runs annual ECT Training Days.  For further information and registration view the training courses section.

Position statements on ECT and related treatments

The committee has produced statements setting out its position on ECT and related treatments:

ECT good practice guide

The aim of this guide is to promote good practice within the current curricular requirements of the psychiatry training programme. It is hoped this guide will promote understanding of ECT and suggest ways in which trainees can gain the mandatory required competencies contained within the curriculum.  When curricular requirements appear to be exceeded, please follow the relevant curriculum.

ECT good practice guide Nov18


ECT Committee Lecture

The Committee has produced a set of lecture slides as a way of addressing widespread negative attitudes to ECT.  It is designed to be delivered by health professionals with a specialist knowledge of ECT to explain ECT to an audience which might include Trust Boards, clinical commissioners, medical psychiatric trainees and associated health professionals new to psychiatry, general hospital staff, general practitioners, medical students, patient and interested public groups. 

The lecture slides, plan and associated notes are available on request from Stella Galea, Faculty & Committee Manager



To contact the committee email Stella Galea, Committee Manager.