Position Statements are approved by the College’s Policy and Public Affairs Committee and are concise statements of College policy.
These statements are available to download in PDF format (free of charge).
How the mental health and wellbeing of psychiatrists can be supported.
How to work with transgender and gender-diverse people if they seek mental health services.
Improving the quality of mental healthcare in a way that respects and values the principles of diversity and inclusion.
Tackling the complex subject of for assessing decision-making capacity of detainees in immigration removal centres and looking to find ways of making progress.
Our advice on good practice in the use of clinical job titles.
Advice on how psychiatrists can recognise and deal with competing interests.
Our position on maintain safeguards for vulnerable people with a history of torture, trafficking or other serious ill-treatment.
Guidance on office accommodation and administrative support for consultant posts.
The College's position on mental illness, terrorism and psychiatrists' engagement with counter-terror services.
- Ethical considerations arising from the government's counter-terrorism strategy (supplement to Counter- terrorism and psychiatry) (PS04/2016S November 2017) (pdf)
Supplementary ethical considerations for psychiatrists engaging with counter-terrorism.
What we can do to limit the psychological impact of large-scale events, including terrorism.
The College's definition of the health-based place of safety and crisis assessment sites, and to lay out the standards required for quality provision.
There is an urgent need to provide people who have mental health problems in the context of long-term physical health conditions with more integrated physical and psychological healthcare to improve their quality of life.
Sustainability in mental health care will deliver better outcomes for patients now and in the future, in the face of environmental, economic and social constraints.
NMS is a rare and serious complication of antipsychotic therapy and is best considered a medical emergency and is properly managed in an acute hospital.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists considers that sexual orientation is determined by a combination of biological and postnatal environmental factors and there is no evidence that any kind of choice into the origins of sexual orientation.
The College’s position on Mental Health Payment Systems.
Guidance clarifying the boundaries of good practice of considering spirituality and religion in psychiatric practice.
How commissioners should provide services for S136 of the Mental Health Act.
- PS02/2013 - Survey(pdf)
A blank survey to enable a review of the key components of the commissioned service for Section 136.
The College’s position on the use of Personal Budgets in social care and Personal Health Budgets in the NHS as tools for recovery.
Improving mental health outcomes for those affected by violence across genders, all age groups and all violence categories.
Research can bring major benefits and whenever and wherever possible, ethically sound, high-quality research should be facilitated.
Research is essential to our understanding of mental health and illness and every psychiatrist should have a good grasp of the latest research in their field of practice.
Mental health is a central public health issue and provides an essential contribution to a wide range of health and social outcomes for individuals and society.
Examples of excellent best practice across the UK and how we can improve the care of people at risk of suicide and self-harming behaviour.
The College’s view on the principles underpinning the process of clinical supervision.
Making all services available to people on the basis of need not age and that comprehensive specialist mental health services for older people are essential to meet need across the life cycle.