Empowering members to shape the future of RCPsych: the story of College's first ever full membership survey

Dr Adrian James, Dr Santoshkumar Mudholkar, Dr Trudi Seneviratne

50 minutes


June 2022

Congress webinar


The Royal College of Psychiatrists in it's 180 year history, did not seek views from College membership regarding how they view the College and which direction they would like the College to take in future. In 2016, Dr Adrian James, RCPsych President, in his previous role as Registrar, saw a need to improve College members' involvement in College activities, understand the views of those less well engaged with the College. So the post of Associate Registrar (Membership Engagement) was created. The idea of carrying out a full membership survey was initially proposed by Dr Santoshkumar Mudholkar in his role as Associate Registrar (Membership Engagement) in 2017. This was agreed by the Council in 2019 and planned for 2020 only to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The full membership survey (involving over 19,000 U.K. and international members) was undertaken in May-June 2021 and the findings were shared with College Council in July 2021. Dr Adrian James will chair the session. Dr Mudholkar and Dr Seneviratne will present and summarise methodology, main findings of the survey and it's implication for future direction of travel. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet the College President and Registrar face to face, interact with them, share their ideas and become part of future College strategy of membership engagement.


Chair: Dr Adrian James, President, Royal College of Psychiatrists

RCPsych Membership survey - Dr Santoshkumar Mudholkar, Associate Registrar (Membership Engagement) 2016-2021, Royal College of Psychiatrists

RCPsych Membership survey - Dr Trudi Seneviratne, Registrar, Royal College of Psychiatrists

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