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

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 13 Committees of Council.

 

Who's on Council?

  • Our President*, chair
  • Registrar*
  • Dean*
  • Treasurer*
  • All UK/Ireland division chairs
  • All UK/Ireland faculty chairs
  • Four elected members
  • All council committee chairs
  • One patient representative
  • One carer representative
  • Up to five co-opted members.

*Holders of these offices automatically become members of Council.

 

Agendas and minutes

The agendas and minutes for Council meetings are published in the Members section of the website.

 

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