Equality and diversity

The College is opposed to all forms of prejudice and believes that everyone should be treated fairly regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership status, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.

We are committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion for our existing and future members, associates, affiliates, staff and visitors in all our practices and arrangements. We actively advocate for, and support, equality of access, experience and outcomes for all College staff, all members and for all mental health patients and carers.

In Scotland, this extends to support for representatives within the College who input into how the College in Scotland addresses these challenges. This includes our Ethnically Diverse Communities Group, and we recognise that across our membership and beyond, those with protected characteristics need our support and advocacy.

Issues to address include:

  • A lack of representation at senior levels in psychiatry, by gender and ethnicity
  • Failures to register patients' ethnicity, creating data gaps.
  • Addressing higher prevalences of mental ill health and suicide rates among our LGBTQ+ population

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On this and accompanying pages, the terms used are based upon those used by the Equality & Human Rights Commission.