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The main specialties within psychiatry are represented within
the College by Faculties and Sections. You can read more
about them below.
A Section will also represent a specialty but
will not lead to a Certificate of Completion of Training. It will
be a field that, while it is an accepted area of practice, is
normally of more recent development. The Sections are not
listed in the Bye Laws but can be set up or disbanded by
A member of the College can join whichever
Faculty, Section and/or Special Interest Group they choose,
(to join a Faculty, Section 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, Section 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 or Section to work
in that area of psychiatry.
A Section 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 sub-specialty or branch and where, in the Central
Executive’s opinion there exists a substantial body of experience
which the College needs to consult.
(Note: the name of the Central Executive Committee has been
changed by consent of the Privy Council to ‘Council’. The
Regulations will be amended to reflect this name change).
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