In November 1997 a questionnaire was sent to a large random sample of members, fellows, affiliates and inceptors living in the UK or the Republic of Ireland.
One thousand four hundred and seventy-six completed questionnaires were available for analysis, a response rate of 63%. The College was complemented for raising standards of education and training in psychiatry and criticised for not trying hard enough, or failing, to influence the policies of the Department of Health. A high proportion of respondents highly valued the British Journal of Psychiatry and Psychiatric Bulletin but few made use of the library. A high percentage of Irish, Welsh and Scottish members, and of members of the five smaller faculties, participated in and expressed their appreciation of the activities of the College.
Whatever its other failings the College is not dominated by general psychiatrists and their interests, or by London-based psychiatrists. It is surprisingly successful at involving Scottish, Welsh and Irish psychiatrists, and members of the smaller faculties, in its activities. To some extent, however, the faculties are thriving at the expense of the English divisions.
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