Peer Support Psychiatrist

  • Status : 5-year term
  • Salary : Voluntary role

Overview of the role

The Psychiatrists' Support Service (PSS) provides free, rapid, high quality peer support by telephone to psychiatrists of all grades who may be experiencing personal or work-related difficulties.

Peer Support Psychiatrists (PSPs), who are members of the Psychiatrists’ Support Service (PSS) Committee, will have the necessary skills and expertise in providing support to their colleagues in professional difficulty.

Person specification

The PSS welcomes applications from higher trainees, SAS doctors and consultants. As we expand the service, we are particularly seeking applications from SAS doctors

Key responsibilities

In liaison with the Registrar, Head of Training and Workforce and Psychiatrists’ Support Service Manager, the PSP will assist in supporting colleagues in difficulty. This is in the form of telephone support with callers, after they have initially discussed their case with the Psychiatrists’ Support Service Manager. PSPs will maintain individual doctors’ confidentiality, ensuring that cases are not discussed, and that confidential and sensitive material is not sent via email.

Attendance at the Psychiatrists’ Support Service Committee meetings (approximately three times a year) as necessary, which includes contribution to reflective case discussion and peer support.

About the College

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is the professional membership body for psychiatrists and promotes excellent care for people with mental illness.

It has 19,000 members and engages with government and the media as the leading voice of the UK’s mental health services. The College is a values-based organisation and, in 2019, was named Charity of the Year in the European Diversity Awards.

How to apply

If you would like to be considered for this post, please submit a CV and a covering letter demonstrating experience (one A4 side) to

For any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at-

Please see the full JD for this role attached below.

This is a rolling application process. We will review all applications and, if you are successful at this stage, please get in touch to arrange an interview. Interviews are likely to be around 30 minutes long. .

The College values a diverse and inclusive workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community, reflecting the population it serves.

Job description - Peer Support Psychiatrist PSS - April 2022