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‘recognised specialties’, with higher training schemes leading to a
Certificate of Completion of Training from the General Medical
Council. They are listed in College Bye Laws and need approval from
the Annual Meeting and Privy Council to be set up or disbanded.
The definitions for Faculties
and are set out in the
College Bye-Laws and Regulations. A member of the College
can join whichever Faculty or Special Interest Group they choose
(to join a Faculty or Special Interest Group, please contact the
Membership Department), and can
be a member of more than one at a time.
The fact that a College
member belongs to a particular Faculty or Special Interest Group
does not necessarily mean that they work in that
field. Equally, it is not a requirement for any psychiatrist
to belong to a particular Faculty to work in that area of
A Faculty will normally only be established
where a specific branch of psychiatry can be identified with a
cadre of practising specialists who will have acquired higher
training in that recognised specialty and where, in the Council’s
opinion, there exists a substantial body of experience which the
College needs to consult.