Priority regions

Our International strategy 2020-2023 sets out the following priority regions and nations for our services.

WhatWhereWhy
Expand our volunteer scheme, from around 15 to 100 members a year 
  •  Sub-Saharan Africa
  • India
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Myanmar
  • Other territories to be considered using existing principles and to be signed off by IAC, SMT and FMC
 
  • To share best practice in low- and-middle income countries
  • To provide opportunities for members, who want to donate their time to services in low- and-middle income countries
  • To upskill mental health provision in low-and-middle income countries
  • To share learning from those working in low resource settings
  • To roll out base line funded College support to low-and- middle income countries.
 Contine to run our existing MRCPsych exam centres
  •  Ireland
  • Oman
  • Malta
  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore
  • India
 
  • Building on existing success of international exam development
  • Strong partnerships already in place
  • Postgraduate training follows a similar model to UK training, making the MRCPsych appropriate and practical for trainees
  • Allows service delivery through sustainable finance model.
 Expanded CASC capacity
  •  India
  • A Nation (TBC) accessible to Middle Eastern and African trainees
 
  • To support the next generation of members
  • Build on existing success of international exam
  • Strong partnerships already in place
  • Postgraduate training follows a similar model to UK training, making the MRCPsych appropriate and practical for trainees
  • Allows service delivery through sustainable financial model.

 Explore opportunities to develop tiered qualifications for mental health workers, including an RCPsych International Certificate

  • India
  • China
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Middle East and North Africa
  •  Support professional development of the frontline mental health workforce in under-resourced settings
  • Share evidence-based knowledge and skills
  • Already have interest from potential partners
  • Allows service delivery through sustainable financial model
Expansion of Train the Trainer courses
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • India
  • China
  • • Build on success of existing volunteer projects
  • Sustainable model for improving skills and knowledge
  • Already have interest from potential partners
  • Allows service delivery through sustainable or base line funded financial model, depending on the nation.
Clinical skills training courses
  • China
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • India
  • Share evidence-based best practice
  • Already have interest from potential partners
  • Allows service delivery through sustainable financial model.
Expansion of training courses for trainees (e.g. CASC training)
  • India
  • Oman
  • Malta
  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore
  • Support the next generation of members
  • Share evidence-based best practice
  • Training is already being requested by trainees
  • Allows service delivery through sustainable financial model.
Roll out of international events
  • India
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Far East
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Support international members with their professional development
  • Share evidence-based best practice
  • Large membership base
  • Strong links with potential partners
  • Allows service delivery through sustainable financial model.
Further develop the MTI scheme
  • United Kingdom
  • Support international trainees to further their medical education in the UK
  • Support UK NHS services
  • Facilitate learning within UK services from ideas generated in other nations
  • Engage with international psychiatrists and develop a network of ambassadors
  • Allows for generation of sustainable funding.
Increase promotion of quality networks, offering standards-based quality assurance and review
  • Worldwide
  • To help drive up standards and quality in mental health services around the world
  • To generate sustainable funding.
Develop evidence-based mental health clinical guidelines and mental health care pathways in country specific context
  • Worldwide
  • To help drive up standards and quality in mental health services around the world
  • To generate sustainable funding.
Continue to give guidance to patients on various conditions via our mental health information materials (many translated in other languages) which are promoted via our website
  • Worldwide
  • To give patients, carers, psychiatrists and other mental health staff access to high-quality evidence- based information
  • To maintain the reputation of the RCPsych as a world leader in mental health information and advocacy
  • To deliver base line funded evidence-based mental health information
Consider translating RCPsych books and journals
  • China
  • To share mental health research as widely as possible.
Improve the joining process for international members
  • Worldwide
  • To create a better membership experience.
Expand our international membership to include medical students
  • Worldwide
  • To encourage medical students to choose psychiatry
  • To improve all medical student’s knowledge of psychiatry
Continue to support the advocacy of parity of esteem
  • Worldwide
  • To maintain the reputation of the RCPsych as a world leader in mental health information and advocacy
Continue to support the international divisions
  • Worldwide
  • To engage with psychiatrists locally
We will closely track the roll out of our expanded international strategy
  • All projects
  • To ensure that the income generated by the sustainably- funded workstreams generate enough income to fund and expand our work.