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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness
'What is more interesting than studying the workings of the mind? It is capable of the strongest emotions, defines our personality and houses our treasured memories. Every day is different, hugely rewarding and intellectually stimulating. I am proud to be a psychiatrist.' Neel Halder, Psychiatrist

Work in psychiatry

Supporting members and services



Find information on how to acquire new knowledge and skills as well as maintain and improve standards across all areas of your practice.


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Faculties & Special Interest Groups

The main specialities in psychiatry are represented by College Faculties and Special Interest Groups (SIGs).


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Quality improvement

Through their national initiatives, the College Centre for Quality Improvement (CCQI)  creates an enhanced role for clinicians and their professional bodies.

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Divisions & International Affairs unit

These regional offices represent the College locally and provide professional advice where required.

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Find out how the College's global unit is changing the face of mental health.


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Workforce & Revalidation


Workforce assesses the number of psychiatrists working in the UK.

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Revalidation is the process by which licensed doctors will have to demonstrate to the General Medical Council (GMC) that they are up to date and fit to practise and that they are complying with the relevant professional standards.

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Leadership & management

The most successful medical organisations are those in which doctors take clear leadership roles.  The Leadership and Management workstream aims to support and develop psychiatric leadership at all career stages


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Recruitment strategy

Find out how the College aims to encourage more doctors into psychiatry.


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NICE MH guidelines and Quality Standards set out best practice in all areas of clinical practice. All psychiatrists in the NHS (and many private services) are expected to follow these guidelines as they are used as the basis for most MH quality improvement work.



Specialty Doctors

Made up of representatives from around the UK and from the Faculties which have large numbers of SAS doctors in the workforce.

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