Position Statements 2022
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).
Delivering better outcomes for young adults – new service models and better transitions across mental health (P302/22)
The purpose of this statement is to identify the challenges in developing better services for young adults aged 0 – 25, with a view to working with stakeholders, including NHS England and the devolved nations’ counterparts, to address them. In considering how the services could work, this statement sets out key principles, identifies challenges and discusses five general and non-mutually exclusive models to inform opportunities to improve transitions for young adults.
‘Acute behavioural disturbance’ and ‘excited delirium’ (PS02/22)
This position statement sets out the psychiatric perspective on ‘Acute Behavioural Disturbance’ and the management of people who are severely agitated, distressed and at risk of a physical health emergency outside of mental health settings.
Occupational mental health: Addressing patients’ occupational, educational and psychosocial needs as an essential aspect of mental health care (PS01/22)
The paper highlights the importance of supporting individuals to take part in appropriate work, wherever possible, as this can positively contribute to the recovery of individuals who have mental health conditions. Therefore, all mental health professionals should formally consider whether employment is a precipitating and/or maintaining factor in someone’s mental health condition, and should view being in appropriate work as a key treatment outcome.
Through the implementation of this paper's recommendations for Government, employers, the NHS and psychiatrists is, we believe a positive contribution can be made to this important issue.