Our values

Our values underpin everything we do, and what we expect from our staff and members involved in College work.

  • Courage
  • Innovation
  • Respect
  • Collaboration
  • Learning
  • Excellence

Additional information and associated behaviours are available.

Core Values for Psychiatrists

Additionally, We have developed a set of Core Values for Psychiatrists. The Values Framework should contribute to shaping clinical practice, policy, and planning in mental health care. It covers patients of all age ranges and specialties within psychiatry.

It can be used as a training tool, a reference point and a measuring tool for evaluating practice. It underpins the therapeutic relationship between the patient and the doctor, which in turn influences the quality of recovery.

‘Unlike ethics, which seeks to determine ‘right outcomes’, the values-based practice relies on ‘good process’, in particular, good clinical skills, as the basis of balanced decision-making where values conflict.’ (Fulford, 2011)

The Core Values are open to future revision and they can operate alongside the Royal College of Psychiatrists Code of Ethics in clinical practice.

They have been developed by RCPsych Wales led by Professor Keith Lloyd, Consultant Psychiatrist, Swansea Bay University Health Board and Ms Veryan Richards, Patient Representative, RCPsych Wales and in consultation with the Executive Committee and Welsh membership.

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