Council

The College’s Council discuss the affairs of the organisation and make recommendations to the Board of Trustees on many of the biggest decisions the College has to make.

What is Council responsible for?

Council has overall responsibility for education and psychiatric training, policy, professional practice, professional standards, public engagement, quality improvement and research.

Other responsibilities include:

  • to elect people to fellowship and membership of the College
  • education, policy, professional practice, professional standards, public engagement, quality, research, and training in psychiatry
  • considering and approving applications for pre-membership psychiatric trainees (PMPTs), affiliates, mental health associates, specialist associates and international associate membership
  • to make recommendations to the Board of Trustees for new faculties
  • to make recommendations to the Board of Trustees about the nature, scope and extent of the privileges of membership, including changes
  • making, changing or cancelling regulations about the examinations. (The council has no power to make other regulations but may make recommendations to the Board of Trustees.)

There are 11 Committees of Council.

Headlines from the most recent meeting

Council last met on 8 July 2022. Below are some of the key decisions:

  • Council endorsed the nominations of Dr Kate Lovett, Professor Russell Razzaque and Dr Lade Smith as candidates for Presidential election this winter, to replace Dr Adrian James as RCPsych President when he demits office next summer.
  • Council voted to put two new proposals to an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) in September this year 
    1. to extend voting rights to Affiliates and
    2. for routine College AGMs and EGMs to be held online moving forward.
  • Council also voted to put forward two other proposals to the AGM next year
    1. for International Division Chairs to become full members of Council
    2. for a name change of the Council to become ‘Council of the College’.

Council minutes

Council minutes are not classified as public records. Access is restricted according to the RCPsych Access to Archives Policy.