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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Frequently asked questions and resources

Queries about membership

Membership at the Royal College of PsychiatristsFind out whether you can receive a reduction, participate in the CPD scheme, and make the most of what you're entitled to.





Q: Can I pay my Membership subscription by Direct Debit?
A: Yes. Find out more information on paying by Direct Debit.


Q: I think my circumstances may entitle me to a reduction in my College subscription - how do I find out more?

A: Reductions are available - for example, working part time or taking a career break. See Payment methods for a summary or contact the Membership Data Office.


Q: Why have I not received information/journals to which I am entitled?
A: You must keep the Membership Data Office informed of any changes of home or work address to ensure that your journals or any communications from the College do not go astray. Journal subscription is also one of the benefits of membership that is suspended if you fail to pay your membership fee!


Q: Is it easy to get in touch with College Officers?
A: They are all contactable via the College. Telephone messages can be passed via their secretaries.


Q: How can I find out College policy on a given issue?
A: College policy documents are called 'Council Reports'. A full list of these is available freely from the College. They can be viewed on the College website or obtained from the Book Sales office. The Information Service can help obtain further information on subjects where a policy document has not been published, or to trace historical changes in policy through the College Archives.


Q: I know I keep up-to-date - why should I participate in the College's CPD scheme?
A: While it is accepted that the majority of psychiatrists keep abreast of modern practice it is increasingly necessary for all medical practitioners to be able to show that they are up-to-date. Participation in the College's scheme enables a psychiatrist to demonstrate that certain standards have been met.


Q: Can the College help me find the information I need for my research project?
A: Yes. The Information Service maintains many databases and on-line systems to offer members help with enquiries, obtain copies of journal articles, and perform literature searches. If you cannot get to the College's London premises to use the Information Service yourself, telephone 020 3701 2712, or e-mail:


Q: How can I find out about and register for conferences and academic meetings?
A: Upon joining the College you will be placed on the mailing lists that pertain to your speciality. Mailings about each meeting include a registration form that should be returned to College Conference Office with remittance by post or by fax. Unfortunately, as yet we cannot take bookings over the phone.


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In the event of any queries your contacts are:

  • Paul O'Connor (Membership Data Manager)

    Tel: +44 (0)20 3701 2591