News and reports

See the latest news, reports and resources from the Faculty of Intellectual Disability psychiatry.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists was disappointed to learn that women with intellectual disability were abused in the Yew Trees unit, Cygnet Health Care, Essex as reported by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on 23 September 2020 (PDF). 

We are concerned about the impact such abuse has on the women. We acknowledge the responsible action taken by managers of Cygnet Health Care to report the incidents to CQC.

The College is concerned that people with intellectual disability in in-patient services continue to suffer from abusive practices since the scandal of Winterbourne View Hospital in 2011. We will work with CQC, other professional bodies and families to support people to receive high-quality in-patient care where necessary.

Read the College statement following abuse scenes shown on Panorama on 22 May 2019.

Faculty of ID Psychiatry Newsletter: Call for Articles

We are now accepting articles for the 2023 spring edition of the Faculty of ID Psychiatry Newsletter!

We will consider any article that may be of interest to our readers in the RCPsych Intellectual  Disability Faculty. This includes articles about:

  • Current debates
  • ID in culture eg book reviews/film reviews etc
  • ID at work eg achievements in your services
  • Projects including audits/QI/research
  • Learning from Conferences
  • Medical student reflections
  • And many more…..

This Newsletter encourages submissions from clinicians, students, service users, carers and members of the wider multidisciplinary workforce.

Articles guidelines:

  1. Use accessible language
  2. Ideally include some pictures
  3. Around 2 pages of A4, or 800 words
  4. No more than 5 references should be included for each article

Articles should be emailed to


Submission deadline is 31 March 2023

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