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

Position Statements

Position statements are approved by the College’s Policy and Public Affairs Committee and are concise statements of College policy.

These statements are available to download in PDF format (free of charge). 

Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of psychiatrists
PS03/18 July 2018

Supporting transgender and gender-diverse people
PS02/18 March 2018

Racism and mental health
PS01/18 March 2018

Decision-making capacity of detainees in immigration removal centres (IRCs)
PS03/2017  November 2017

Guidance on use of the title ‘Consultant Psychiatrist’
PS02/2017  May 2017

Competing interests: guidance for psychiatrists
PS01/2017  March 2017

Definition of torture in the context of immigration detention policy
(Position statement also officially supported by RCGP)
PS07/2016  Dec 2016

Guidance for office accommodation and administrative support for consultant posts
PS06/2016  Nov 2016

Counter-terrorism and psychiatry
PS04/2016  Sep 2016

Responding to large-scale traumatic events and acts of terrorism
PS03/2016  Aug 2016 

Defining a health-based place of safety (S136) and crisis assessment sites for young people under 18
PS02/2016  Aug 2016

Providing evidence-based psychological therapies to people with long-term conditions and/or medically unexplained symptoms
PS02/2015  Dec 2015

Sustainability in mental health care
(Joint statement with the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare and other organisations)
PS01/2015  Oct 2015


Royal College of Psychiatrists' and Royal College of Physicians' statement on neuroleptic malignant syndrome
PS03/2014  Dec 2014

Royal College of Psychiatrists' statement on sexual orientation
PS02/2014  April 2014

Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Statement on Mental Health Payment Systems
PS01/2014  Jan 2014

Recommendations for psychiatrists on spirituality and religion
PS03/2013  Nov 2013

Guidance for commissioners: service provision for Section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983
PS02/2013  April 2013
PS02/2013 - Survey

The integration of personal budgets in social care and personal health budgets in the NHS
PS01/2013  March 2013

Managing the impact of violence on mental health, including among witnesses and those affected by homicide
PS01/2012  July 2012

Ethics of psychiatric research
PS02/2011  March 2011

Research priorities for psychiatry
PS01/2011  March 2011

No health without public mental health: The case for action
PS04/2010  Oct 2010

Self-harm, suicide and risk: a summary
PS03/2010  July 2010

Supervision for career-grade psychiatrists in managed settings
PS02/2010  July 2010

Age Discrimination in Mental Health Services: Making Equality a Reality
PS02/2009  Oct 2009

Mental Health and Social Inclusion
PS01/2009  June 2009

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