Royal College of Psychiatrists

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The Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) is the professional and educational body for psychiatrists in the UK. Their aims are stated as being to: set standards and promote excellence in psychiatry and mental healthcare; lead, represent and support psychiatrists; and work with service users, carers and their organisations.

External links

RCPsych website

RCPsych, 'Being sectioned (in England and Wales)' (November 2011)

Royal College of Psychiatrists, 'CR159: Standards on the use of Section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983 (England and Wales)' (July 2011). The document contains 24 recommendations under the following headings: (1) Place of safety; (2) Staffing issues; (3) Conveyance of patients; (4) Local Policy and monitoring of standards.

Julian Mason et al, 'Compulsion under the Mental Health Act 1983: audit of the quality of medical recommendations' (2012) 36 The Psychiatrist 11 (subscription required)

Royal College of Psychiatrists, 'CR171: Independent Advocacy for People with Mental Disorder' (February 2012). This document contains the following chapters: (1) Introduction and context; (2) Definition of independent advocacy; (3) Key principles in individual advocacy; (4) How do advocates work?; (5) Different types of advocacy; (6) Statutory advocacy; (7) Advocacy and equality; (8) Advocacy in different clinical areas; (9) Myth busting; (10) Useful contacts