RCPsych in Parliament

Our public affairs team work with parliamentarians, arms lengths bodies and other political stakeholders to champion mental health and psychiatry in Westminster and beyond.

Parliamentary briefings

Our parliamentary briefings will let you know what the College thinks about the key policies being discussed in Parliament.

For more information on any of our briefings, please email Jonathan Blay at Jonathan.Blay@rcpsych.ac.uk.

Our manifesto

In the run-up to the 2017 General Election, we published our manifesto Five steps to fairness which set out our vision for achieving fair, equal and equitable access to treatment for people with mental illness.

Our manifesto called on the next Government to:

  1. Implement the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health in full by 2021
  2. Ensure fair access to mental health treatment and support
  3. Improve the mental health of children and young people
  4. Improve the recruitment and retention of the mental health NHS workforce
  5. Set a greater ambition for the nation’s future mental health.

All Party Parliamentary Group on Mental Health

We help coordinate this cross-party group of MPs and Peers who have a particular interest in promoting the mental health agenda in Parliament.

The group regularly hosts events to:

  • hold the Government to account on their mental health strategy
  • inform other parliamentarians about key mental health policy issues
  • call on NHS organisations, health professionals, research bodies and people with experience of mental illness to give evidence at their meetings.

Find out who is on the APPG.

For further information, please email Olivia Clark at Olivia.Clark@rcpsych.ac.uk.

APPG report 'On the road to parity'

The APPG on Mental Health's report "On the road to parity" is the product of an in depth inquiry into the progress of the government's mental health strategy, the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health.

The report comes at a critical time: halfway through the FyFV-MH, and as we await the NHS long-term plan for mental health. We hope this report, and particularly its recommendations, will go some way to influencing that plan.

The inquiry received over seventy pieces of written evidence, held two oral evidence sessions and a service user and carer focus group, and facilitated a visit to Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust to hear from frontline clinicians.

The report's findings can be split into three main themes:

  1. Investing in core services for adults severely affected by mental illness
  2. Increasing the mental health workforce
  3. Better oversight and collective responsibility for mental health

Parliamentary scholar scheme

This scheme gives the chance for higher specialty trainee psychiatrists (ST4-6) to spend one day a week as part of their special interest session at the House of Lords.

Successful candidates work with Peers with an interest in mental health and learning disability to develop the skills to influence mental health policy.

We run an annual recruitment process for trainees to take part in the scheme. If you would like more information, please email Jonathan Blay at Jonathan.Blay@rcpsych.ac.uk.

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