Source description last updated: 5 November 2018

In brief: The Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) is the professional and educational body for psychiatrists in the United Kingdom.

Coverage on
BJPsych International (Special or Analytical Report)
Covered quarterly on for countries of priorities A-E (all available countries)

“The Royal College of Psychiatrists is an independent professional membership organisation and registered charity representing over 15,000 psychiatrists in the UK and Internationally.” (RCPsych website: Royal College of Psychiatrists welcomes Dr Ian Davidson as its Autism Champion, 2016)

“The College works to secure the best outcomes for people with mental illness, learning difficulties and developmental disorders by promoting excellent mental health services, training outstanding psychiatrists, promoting quality and research, setting standards and being the voice of psychiatry.” (RCPsych website: About the College: What do we do?, undated)

“We’re committed to improving the understanding of psychiatry and mental health. We want there to be a greater understanding of the interaction between mental and physical health and the social and cultural context in which people live. The College is at the forefront in setting and achieving the highest standards through education, training and research. We lead the way in developing excellence and promoting best practice in mental health services. We promote research and publish the results in our world-class psychiatric journals.” (RCPsych website: About the College, What do we do?, undated)

The RCPsych publishes “the British Journal of Psychiatry, BJPsych Open, BJPsych Bulletin, BJPsych Advances and BJPsych International […].” (RCPsych website: About the College, What do we do?)

“BJPsych International is an open access journal published on behalf of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and provides useful information and links in global mental health. The journal provides an overview of current policy and practice in psychiatry in different countries and will help all mental health professionals to learn about and keep abreast of what is happening elsewhere.” (Cambridge University Press website: BJPsych International: About BJPsych International, undated)

BJPsych International “publishes original and scientific papers, country profiles and opinion pieces” (Cambridge University Press: BJPsych International: Instructions for contributors, undated)

“The College’s main sources of income are membership fees and grants from or contracts with other organisations, in particular the NHS.” (RCPsych: Annual Report and Financial Statements, 31 December 2017, p. 22) “The total income for the College for 2017 was £23,445k (2016: £20,942k), with charitable activities representing 86% of income (2016: 93%).” (RCPsych: Annual Report and Financial Statements, 31 December 2017, p. 21)

Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: all countries
Thematic focus: policy and promotion of mental health, administration of mental health services, psychiatry training and practice, substance use disorders, mental health information systems, mental health law, mental health of asylum-seekers

Contributors to BJPsych International are “expected to be aware of and comply with best practice in publication ethics, including (but not restricted to) avoiding multiple submission, plagiarism and manipulation of figures/data. […] Patient consent should be obtained and submitted with the manuscript if an individual patient is described. […] Research papers and special papers are reviewed by a minimum of two peers.” (Cambridge University Press: BJPsych International: Instructions for contributors, undated)

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