College publishes new strategic plan

Online news
02 January 2019

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has today published its strategic plan for 2019-20, called Excellence in psychiatry: High-quality, person-centred care (pdf).

Strategic plan 2019 front cover

Through the plan, the RCPsych – which has 18,400 members and 1,500 mental health services signed up to its quality networks – sets outs Its top priorities for the next two calendar years.

Its major objectives are:

  • Delivering education and training, and promoting research in psychiatry
  • Promoting recruitment and retention in psychiatry
  • Improving standards and quality across psychiatry, and wider mental health services, and supporting the prevention of mental ill health
  • Being the voice of psychiatry
  • Supporting psychiatrists to achieve their professional potential, by providing an excellent member experience, and
  • Ensuring the effective management of resources, and providing an excellent employee experience, so as to efficiently deliver agreed priorities.

The strategic plan also sets out a new vision for the organisation, which is of: “A strong and progressive College that supports its members to deliver high-quality, person-centred care across the UK, and all over the world.”

The work of the College, during 2019-20, will be underpinned by its values of:

  • Courage
  • Innovation
  • Respect
  • Collaboration
  • Learning, and
  • Excellence

RCPsych Chief Executive Paul Rees said: “The College’s mission is to secure the best outcomes for people with mental illness, intellectual disabilities and developmental disorders by promoting excellent mental health services, supporting the prevention of mental illness, training outstanding psychiatrists, promoting quality and research, setting standards and being the voice of psychiatry. 

“Our new strategic plan sets out, in some detail, how we aim to achieve our vitally important mission, vision and objectives, over the next two years.”