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Fellowship of the College is awarded as a mark of distinction and recognition of contributions to psychiatry. Because it is a College award, candidates and citators are asked to demonstrate and evidence significant contributions to the core purposes of the Royal College of Psychiatrists:

  • Setting standards and promoting excellence in mental health care.
  • Leading, representing and supporting psychiatrists.
  • Working with service users, carers and their organisations.

Candidates are invited also to document their contributions to the College's stated aim of patient centred practice through: Professionalism, innovation and research, lifelong learning, fairness and inclusion, ethical practice and multi-disciplinary working. If successful, Fellows are entitled to use the designation ‘FRCPsych’ once they have paid the prescribed registration fee.

Nominees for the Fellowship must be subscribing Members of the College at the time when nominations are submitted. Sponsors will be notified if this is not the case.

Nominations are considered annually by College committees.

All Members who have achieved 10 years in Membership as at 1 January 2020 are encouraged to consider applying for Fellowship for the 2020/2021 round. The deadline for submission is 30 June 2020.

All applications received will be submitted to the Nominations Committee for consideration. The outcome of the decisions made by the Nominations Committee will be sent to the applicants in October / November.

For any further information about Fellowship please contact Richa Sharma, Membership Operations Manager on 020 3701 2580 / 020 3701 2589 or by email at


Nominations for the College Fellowship must be supported by two Sponsors, both of whom must be subscribing Members of the College.

Sponsors must not be members of the Education, Training & Standards Committee at the time of submitting their nomination.

The Job Description review process is in place to ultimately support one of the College’s priorities – recruitment and retention.

As part of our on-going commitment to improving processes and procedures the College has produced an Exemplar Job Description Template to be used as a guide and reference tool for the creation of Job Descriptions.

We feel that by following the format of the Exemplar and noting the level of detail contained within it will help to improve the quality and speed of the Job Description review process.

The College strives to return comments on submitted Job Descriptions to Trusts within a 15 working day period. Please be aware that during this timeframe, there may be occasions whereby additional time is needed to review a Job Description but we will always endeavour to meet the 15 working day target. By using and referring to the Exemplar Job Description this should allow for a quicker turnaround time and a higher probability of the submission being approved upon the first review.

Download the job description template, including person specification.

We want to ensure a robust system is in place and will continually look at how we can support the process and we welcome any feedback which can be sent to

Statutory responsibility for administrating the approvals function in the South of England is the England South Approvals Panel.

The Approval Panel has psychiatric and GP membership from across the South of England.

Every application receives individual consideration in light of the criteria set by the Panel.

A list of contact details for Regional S12 Administrators is available to download. 

Here you can find useful information for retired, or soon to be retired, members of the Division.

Useful links:

  • BMA Financial Planning
  • When you retire from Professional Practice you may be entitled to pay a lower subscription fee. See the retirement declaration form (doc) for further eligibility details.
  • Psychiatrists' Support Service provides a confidential support and advice service for members, trainee members and associates of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • CPD and revalidation information
  • For an opportunity to contribute towards the history and development of Psychiatry you can help with the conservation and repair of the Colleges antiquarian book collection by donating to the Adopt-a-Book scheme
  • Information on Legacies and Donations to the Royal College of Psychiatrists

The College can support Members and Fellows through the revalidation process.


This page provides links to current policy documents.

There are currently no consultations requiring responses.

Please visit the policy and parliamentary pages for details of current projects and previous consultation responses.

Visit our mental health information section for readable and accurate information about mental health problems.

There are fact sheets and leaflets available to download and print.

Some more useful links:

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