DCP Psychosis & Complex Mental Health Faculty

Welcome to the faculty of Psychosis & Complex Mental Health website.


Welcome from the Chair

Hello, we are pleased to welcome you to the Psychosis and Complex Mental Health Faculty. If you are not already a member we very much hope you will join us. We are new co-chairs for the Psychosis and Complex Mental Health Faculty and would like to thank Che Rosebert our past chair for her dedication to the work of the Faculty.

What we do

The Psychosis and Complex Mental Health Faculty promotes the principles of recovery and social inclusion particularly for people who experience hallucinations or altered states of mind, hold unusual beliefs, or have difficulty thinking clearly. We also focus on the needs of those who experience severe changes in mood and difficulties in regulating their emotions or have problems managing inter personal relationship because of aspects of their personality. Most people we work with have experienced repeated traumatic events, particularly but not exclusively in child and early adulthood. We would like everyone to have the chance of being offered a psychological formulation of their difficulties with psychosocial-biological ways of understanding how they have come to be as they are and to have choices of how they would like to be and relate to others. We pay attention to language and how language shapes experience. We work in partnership with Experts by Experience and Carers at every level within the Faculty and have successfully co produced several documents e.g. Understanding Psychosis insert link to the document

We are a very active Faculty with around 700 members nationally and internationally, and growing membership. The core work of the Faculty is to support our members in delivering psychologically informed services that respect diversity and promote social inclusion, recovery, psychologically containing environments for all, as well as providing therapy. Members share innovations in clinical practice and service developments.

We seek the views of our members via electronic surveys and asking for feedback at faculty events. We really do want to encourage active involvement and respond to the needs of members. Faculty membership continues to represent excellent value for money and our Faculty voice is a strong one both within and outside of our home, The BPS.

Networks and Branches

Networks or special interest groups and branches of the Faculty have been established to reflect the service settings and interests of our members. Each group holds at least one annual high quality continuing professional development event which are usually free of charge to Faculty members. We hold an annual conference in November. Each established network has a webpage of information. Current Networks and Branches are as follows:

Acute & Crisis Network 
Assertive Outreach Network
Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) Network
Early Intervention in Psychosis Network
Family Interventions Network
North East Branch
Northern Ireland Branch
Personality and Complex Trauma Network (PACT)
Rehabilitation & Recovery Services Network
Wales Branch
Scotland Branch

Faculty Committee members

Working in partnership

We have a long tradition of working proactively with diversity and co-producing work with service users, carers and other organisations. We have been developing our links with the Faculties, Branches, Special Interest Groups in the DCP and BPS itself. The PCMH Faculty is supported by the Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) Executive in much of its work. A strong voice requires a secure base. We contribute to or jointly deliver conferences with other like-minded organisations. We have particular connections to the Hearing Voices Network in England @HVN_England and The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis @ispsuk.

Raising our voices

We are a Faculty keen to promote the British Psychological Society’s mission to harness the collective power of our members to benefit psychology and society. With this in mind we respond to as many relevant consultations as we can and influence, educate and develop the policy and commissioning of mental health services in particular. We also work closely with experts by experience to produce guidance that furthers our aims. The output from our work developing guidance, involvement in recent consultations and work with other agencies can be found here: 

Old Problems New Solutions (2016) (commission into inpatient mental health care)

Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia – Revised (2017)

A Psychological Perspective on Hoarding (2015)

Bipolar disorder, psychosis and schizophrenia in children and young people

Department of Health: Triennial Review of NICE

Paper copies can be requested from here.

Current priorities

We are currently involved in influencing NICE guidance on Depression, working with colleagues from a number of organisations to develop a Personality Consensus statement, representing the BPS in the All Party Parliamentary Group on prescribed drug dependence, and representing the BPS in the Royal College of Psychiatry’s National Audit of Psychosis. With Understanding Psychosis, we hope to produce a short animated film to promote key messages and workshops based on the UP document are being developed which will be disseminated when ready. We will also be involved in the All Party Parliamentary Group on Applied Psychology.

In addition to representing and supporting our members and responding to consultations, our current priorities are to:

Ensure that the documents we produce are disseminated and used nationally and internationally.
Join with individuals and organisations to campaign for psychological wellbeing for all.

The PCMH strategic business plan can be found here  (update link)

Benefits of being a Psychosis and Complex Mental Health Faculty Member

Membership Announcement & Discussion lists

  • To facilitate quick and effective communication with members, the Psychosis and Complex Mental Health Faculty uses an email announcement list system. Members of the Faculty can join the email list keeping you up to date with information about the Faculty, relevant Society initiatives and forthcoming workshops. The announcement list is also used to alert members to new policy and guidance produced by the Department of Health, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and other bodies. Members of the faculty are automatically linked in to receive the announcement list. 
  • The Discussion Forum is an active, informative and supportive Faculty email list. Faculty members are very generous with their time, knowledge and resources. If you ask a question on line you are sure to get an answer. The e-mail Discussion Forum aims to help individuals working in a psychosis / complex mental health settings exchange information and opinion and to seek views of colleagues about services, policy implementation, employment and other matters. It is also used to enable the coordination of responses to consultations

To subscribe to the Discussion Forum, please contact: [email protected] 

You can also follow the exploits of the Faculty on Twitter @PCMHbps.

For regular updates on our activities please see our newsletter available at: http://www.bps.org.uk/networks-and-communities/member-microsite/dcp-psychosis-complex-mental-health-faculty/newsletters

Faculty Network and Branch Conferences

Members can access most of our Faculty network conferences free. This year conferences included (insert titles).

See the events page for details of forthcoming events.

Supporting Research

We offer small research grants to enable our members to undertake projects that further the PCMH Faculty’s aims. See our guidance on research grants here

Get Involved

If you would like to become more active in the Faculty please do not hesitate to contact any one of the network leads. I sincerely hope you find being part of our Faculty enjoyable, informative and supportive.

Selma Ebrahim & Linda Wilkinson