Our values and behaviours 

Our values underpin everything we do. Below are each value and the behaviours which we expect from our staff and members involved in College work.


  • Champion the specialty of psychiatry and its benefits to patients
  • Take every opportunity to promote and influence the mental health agenda
  • Take pride in our organisation and demonstrate self‐belief
  • Promote parity of esteem
  • Uphold the dignity of those affected by mental illness, intellectual disabilities and developmental disorders.


  • Embrace innovation and improve ways to deliver services
  • Challenge ourselves and be open to new ideas
  • Seek out and lead on new and, where possible, evidence‐based, ways of working
  • Have the confidence to take considered risks
  • Embrace the methodology of Quality Improvement to improve mental health services and the work of the College.


  • Promote diversity and challenge inequalities
  • Behave respectfully – and with courtesy ‐ towards everyone
  • Challenge bullying and inappropriate behaviour
  • Value everyone’s input and ideas equally
  • Consider how own behaviour might affect others
  • Respect the environment and promote sustainability.


  • Work together as One College – incorporating all members, employees, patients and carers
  • Work professionally and constructively with partner organisations
  • Consult all relevant audiences to achieve effective outcomes for the College
  • Work together with patients and carers as equal partners
  • Be transparent, wherever possible and appropriate.


  • Learn from all experiences
  • Share our learning and empower others to do the same
  • Value and encourage personal feedback
  • Use feedback to make continuous improvements
  • Create an enabling environment where everyone is listened to, regardless of seniority
  • Positively embrace new ways of working.


  • Deliver outstanding service to members, patients, carers and other stakeholders
  • Promote excellent membership and employee experience
  • Always seek to improve on own performance
  • Promote professionalism by acting with integrity and behaving responsibly
  • Demonstrate accountability in all that we do
  • Uphold the College’s Core Values for Psychiatrists.
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