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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness


Parliament and Public Affairs



The College's public affairs team works to support and promote the interests of psychiatrists, service users and carers through developing links with Parliament and providing information and advice on psychiatric and mental health matters to politicians, civil servants and other opinion formers.

The College's parliamentary work is directed by the College's Westminster Parliamentary Liaison Committee. The Scottish, Welsh, and Northern Ireland offices carry out public affairs work in their respective countries.

We gather political intelligence to inform our approach, and work closely with government ministers, shadow spokespeople and other MPs and Peers. We pursue College priorities through briefings on legislation, debates, parliamentary questions and consultation responses. We also meet with parliamentarians from all parties on a regular basis and attend party conferences.

As the parliamentary voice of the College, we are always eager to hear from College members about any recent developments or concerns in your area. We can also help you to develop links with local politicians to discuss issues affecting your area.

To find out more information, or to see how you can get involved, please contact:

Jonathan Blay, Public Affairs Manager on or 020 3701 2549

Co-chairs of the Westminster Parliamentary Committee

Dr Juli Crocombe and Dr Jon Goldin are both experienced passionate campaigners for better mental health and help lead the charge as the college continues to hold the Government to account to make parity of esteem between physical and mental health a reality.

Dr Juli Crocombe“I am thrilled by this opportunity to represent and promote the College’s priorities, policies and campaigns within Parliament. Jon and I are committed to ensuring that your voices are heard by Government and look forward to collaborating with service users and other stakeholders to ensure that mental health services receive the recognition they need and deserve.”


Dr Juli Crocombe



Dr Jon Goldin"I am delighted to have been appointed as co-Chair of the WPLC and look forward to working with Juli, Jonathan and other colleagues to ensure that the voices of Psychiatrists are heard by politicians and others at Westminster. It is a crucially important time to fight for parity of esteem and to work to ensure that mental health services get the resources they need for the benefit of our patients and their families."


Dr Jon Goldin


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