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About us - Faculty of General Adult Psychiatry

General and Community FacultyThe Faculty of General Adult Psychiatry is the largest of the College Faculties with 40% of College members practising in adult psychiatry. It encompasses a range of specialities involved with the provision of psychiatric care to adults.

The purpose of the Faculty of General Adult  Psychiatry is to liaise with and help educate and inform its members, colleagues within the College and external statutory and voluntary groups and agencies. We believe that this will support the aim of improving the standard of care given to those who look to us for help.

Due to increasing subspecialisation it is important that members views are adequately represented. The Faculty are trying to improve ways of communicating with individuals working within these specialist areas.

Please use this link to view further information on how to update your areas of interest and ensure that you receive information from the Faculty relating to your area of expertise.

It is important that we hear your views to keep this process moving forward. Please email us with feedback, questions or concerns.


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Improving the effectiveness of the Faculty


One of the recent developments within the Faculty is to look at ways to improve the effectiveness of the Faculty and to find new ways to involve members more. The Faculty Executive hope to begin to address these problems by changing the executive structure, function and representation within the College.


The problems that need to be addressed are the increased workload for the General Adult  Faculty as the remit of the Executive is broader than other Faculties, increasing subspecialisation of General Adult Psychiatry, less opportunities for members to contribute to the Executive in proportion to its membership as it follows a similar structure to other Faculties, and lack of knowledge about individual members due to the large number of members. 


View the document "Improving the Effectiveness of the General Adult Faculty Executive Committee" . This outlines a proposal to change the structure of the Faculty and to develop networks within various clinical areas. The first two networks in Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment and Primary Care Liaison will be launched at the Faculty conference in October.




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  • To join one of the Faculty Networks, you must be a member of the College. If you would like to join one of the seven Networks, please email  stating which Network you would like to join (Acute Care Network, Early Intervention Network, Community Diversion and Prison Psychiatry Network, Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders Network, Women’s Secure Network, Adult ADHD Network, Asylum Seekers and Refugees Mental Health Network). You will then be added to a discussion forum for the relevant Network.



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Why QI?  A guide to quality improvement from the Faculty of General Adult Psychiatry

We are delighted to launch our new QI Faculty Guide bringing together stories of members’ experiences with QI to give you food for thought on where to take your own QI journey.




Accreditation for Community Mental Health Services (ACOMHS)

ACOMHS, an initiative of the College Centre for Quality Improvement, sets standards for, and reviews, community mental health services.


Faculty reports


Executive Committee Minutes


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