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

College Reports


Reports produced by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and made available for general distribution fall into one of three categories:

College Reports (previously known as Council Reports) constitute official College policy.

Position statements are concise statements of College policy.

Occasional Papers are produced by Departments or Sections of the College with the aim of providing information or provoking discussion.

(Reports are generally only published online, however, you may be able to buy print copies of some older reports.)

More about the work of the College Policy Unit.

Other policy consultation responses.

Report Approval Process

  • Faculties are an integral part of the College, and any legal obligation arising from their publications rests with the College.

  • College Reports, Position Statements and other guidance for publication need to be sanctioned by the College via the Policy and Public Affairs Committee.

  • Faculty reports for publication and Occasional Papers need to be sent to the Policy and Public Affairs Committee for information only.

  • All publications are sent to Council for information.

Guidance for Writing College Reports

The College has prepared formal guidance for the preparation, writing and approval of official policy. It includes procedures on creating and running a policy working group, formatting and referencing, and submitting reports to the Policy and Public Affairs Committee. The guidance also offers information on the College’s Race Equality Action Plan, brief legal and media advice, and administrative support provided by the library.  

Download the Preparation of College Policy (2014) document.

Please note this guidance is only for use by members of the relevant working party.

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