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

Recruitment Campaign

This week we launched #Choose Psychiatry – a six week campaign aimed at increasing the number of people who enter this exciting profession.

At the heart of this largely social media focused campaign is an empowering, sharable video which we believe shows how psychiatry makes a difference and is a varied, challenging career to be in.


Choose Psychiatry – key messages of the campaign

  • With more psychiatrists needed in the NHS it’s a perfect time to choose psychiatry as your career offering diversity, work-life balance and more opportunities than you might think;
  • As a psychiatrist, you will get to really know a patient, sometimes better than friends and family
  • You treat the whole person, addressing their physical and mental health needs
  • Every day presents different challenges, calling on your medical expertise and problem-solving skills
  • In a recent NHS survey, the top three trusts where medical staff were in training felt personally satisfied with the quality of work and care they delivered were from the mental health sector
  • When you treat someone with a complex mental illness, such as perinatal psychosis you’re helping them, their family, their friends and society – the ripple effect is immense
  • Psychiatry saves lives
  • It’s is a job for the clinically curious who are fascinated by human behaviour.


How can you help

We want to get the message out to sixth formers, medical students and foundation doctors.

The college’s communications department has put in place a range of ways to tell these groups about the campaign.

But you can help too. Please help us cascade if you can. Your help is appreciated.


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