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


StartΨell is a Consultant-led initiative for psychiatrists in their first five years as a Consultant or Locum Consultant. StartΨell focusses on six elements to support you in your first consultant role with the intention to establish good habits in your career.

The College divisions hold a number of StartΨell events throughout the year. You can find out more about those on the divisional pages.

New guidance for StartΨell consultants

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The College has now launched a comprehensive guidance document for new consultants, focussing on the six StartΨell elements.


Making connections

Understanding your place within the College, health organisation structures and engaging with your employer, faculty and division.

Look out for College Roles on our vacancies page.


Using support effectively

Building a support network by making links with your faculty and division, and engaging with mentoring and coaching.


Personal resilience

Maintaining a work-life balance, accessing personal therapy and maintaining boundaries.


Clinical leadership

Team working, quality improvement, working with external agencies, demand and capacity mapping and supervising trainees


Career development

Becoming an educator, research, leadership and management,

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