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College Affiliateship


Affiliateship is open to psychiatrists in the Specialty Doctor,Staff Grade and other Non-Consultant Career Grade posts such as Clinical Assistant and Associate Specialist. Other job titles are sometimes used to describe such posts, and individual consideration might be given to doctors in other grades, not specified above, but who are nevertheless working in Psychiatry.

This grade enables psychiatrists who are not in training grades or substantive consultant posts, and who do not have the MRCPsych, to join the College.

"Any two Members of the College may nominate a qualified Medical Practitioner who is working as a psychiatrist in the United Kingdom, does not hold the MRCPsych qualification, does not hold specialist registration and who has met the criteria for appointment to their post, as set out from time to time by the Departments of Health in United Kingdom, which should not be an approved training post, substantive consultant post or honorary consultant post."

The College is keen to recruit doctors in Specialty Doctor and Associate Specialist posts to Affiliateship, particularly where they may have registered just for the College CPD scheme as non-members - that scheme is now closed.

There are quarterly entry points to the grade (1st January, 1st April, 1st July and 1st October) so you can join from the nearest forward or backward point.  If you join from 1st January 2014 the registration fee is reduced by 50%.  So you pay £89 registration plus £254.25 subscription for registration from April 2014 (total £343.25)

Please send the application forms to Elizabeth Atkinson at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Registered Affiliates will:

  • Receive the British Journal of Psychiatry and The Psychiatrist (formerly known as the Psychiatric Bulletin) 
  • Receive notification of College conferences and events
  • Receive notification of Faculty and Section meetings
  • Receive notification of Divisional meetings
  • Be affiliated to Faculties
  • Be affiliated to a Division
  • Have free online access to Evidence Based Mental Health
  • Have free online access to Advances in Psychiatric Treatment 
  • Participate in the College’s programme of Continuing Professional Development.
  • Be eligible to access the College’s Information Service, which includes the full use of course stock of psychiatric texts and journals for reference purposes as well as on-line electronic journals

Please note that there are no post-nominals associated with the Affiliate grade.  Affiliates may describe themselves in text as "Affiliate of the Royal College of Psychiatrists" but may not write any abbreviation of this after their names, nor imply the holding of any qualification of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

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