Our public affairs team work with parliamentarians, arms lengths bodies and other political stakeholders to champion mental health and psychiatry in Westminster and beyond.
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.
In the run-up to the 2019 General Election, we published our manifesto which called on the next government to:
- Provide high-quality care close to home
- Make NHS mental health services a great place to work
- End the NHS pensions crisis
- Double the number of medical school places
- Give mental health a fair share of capital spending so patients can be treated safely and with dignity
- Give every patient with a mental illness their own private room
- Change the way we commission addiction services
- Implement the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act and tackle inequalities in mental health care
- A cross-governmental mental health strategy overseen by a Cabinet Committee
- Tackle the mental health social care crisis
- Invest in research to find better treatments for mental illness.
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.
For further information, please email Jonathan Blay.
APPG virtual session on COVID-19 and mental health
On 27 April 2020, we helped the APPG host a virtual session on COVID-19 and mental health.
Jeff Smith MP hosted the event with contributions from Danielle Hamm from Rethink Mental Illness, Dr Kate Lovett Dean of the RCPsych, Professor Sir Simon Wessely former RCPsych president and College adviser on COVID-19 and Conor D’Arcy from Money and Mental Health. While there were a few technical issues with an online event, it was a really useful discussion. You can watch the session below.
APPG report 'On the road to parity'
The APPG on Mental Health's report 'On the road to parity' (PDF) 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:
- Investing in core services for adults severely affected by mental illness
- Increasing the mental health workforce
- 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.
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