How much should I be paying?
The College Subscription year runs from January to December. In
most cases the rate of subscription you pay is determined by your
circumstances (or expected circumstances) on 1st January in that
year. The subscription demand you receive in this mailing has been
prepared on the basis of what we know currently about your
Most members in the UK pay their subscriptions by Direct Debit.
The College offers a discount of £25 for payment in one Direct
Debit instalment (January) and £15 for payment in two Direct Debit
instalments (January and June). Retired members, PMPTs, and
members overseas pay the lowest rate regardless of payment
To set up or alter a Direct Debit arrangement Members can now
complete an online form through the Secure Members’ Area,
here to access the online Direct Debit page
please download and complete a form below and return it to the
Membership Data Office at the College. If you wish to pay by
two instalments then please include a note with your returned form,
otherwise we will take the subscription out in one instalment.
Please write your College membership number as the reference number
on the direct debit form. Please complete your Direct
Debit form by 20 December 2014.
The membership subscription is automatically tax deductible in
the United Kingdom. At present it will save effectively at least
20% of the cost of the subscription, 40% for higher rate tax
payers. The list under which your college subscriptions are
classified as tax deductible can be located on the HMRC website. Under
P it lists: ‘Psychiatrists, Royal College of’.
Members can now view and print subscription receipts through the
Secure Members’ Area, click
here to access the receipts page.
Part time work, maternity leave or career break
UK Fellows, Members, Specialist Associates and Affiliates
can apply for a reduction of 50% of fees for 2014 if earnings
for the subscription year are expected to be below
£34,061 (figure based upon the BMA
subscription scheme). Please contact the Membership Data Office for
a Declaration Form or download
one here. This concession is available for one year at
a time, so even if you were on this rate for 2013 you should
reapply if your circumstances have not changed.
The College defines retirement as having left one's principal
NHS/Health Board/Academic post and earning no more than 10% of the
mid point of an NHS Consultant's salary from any
continuing professional work (approx £9,000 at the moment).
This earning figure refers specifically to ongoing gross
income from professional practice- pension income is excluded from
this calculation. Please contact the Membership
Data Office for a Declaration Form or click
here to download a copy.
Membership benefits continue without payment of further fees
when a member achieves 40 years in membership (including membership
of RMPA) or from 75 years of age. There is no need to make
application - the Membership Data Office will work from information
on the College database and apply the rate from 1st January
Joint Membership Discount
Fellows, Members, Specialist Associates and Affiliates can
receive the joint membership rate if two members share the same
address and one set of journals. The saving is £30 per person, per
Honorary Treasurer's Discretion
The Honorary Treasurer retains the authority to make other
reductions where special circumstances are not appropriately
addressed by the above categories. If you think this applies,
please write to him in confidence at the College.
From 2002 a banding system has applied for overseas
subscriptions. The scheme aims to address the fact that College
fees can be a disproportionately high percentage of income for
members working in some countries. Overseas rates have been applied
automatically according to the address held for members outside the
UK and you do not need to make any application. The schedule of country bandings is available on the
College Website or on request from the Membership Data Office. It
is based upon a similar scheme operated by the World Psychiatric
Association and upon economic data supplied by the World
Overseas members in Bands C or D can apply for a reduced rate if
their monthly income is below a certain amount. Please click
for more information.
We hope this is helpful. In the event of any queries your
Paul O'Connor (Membership Data Manager) 020 3701 2591
Ameze Ukwuoma (Membership Data Administrator) 020 3701