Grades of membership

The normal route to Membership of the College requires 24 months post foundation/internship experience in psychiatry AND a pass in ALL components of the MRCPsych exams.

Full details of Examinations are available via the Examinations section of the website.

Full details of Membership are sent to successful candidates.

Specialist Associateship of the College is open to registered medical practitioners working in the United Kingdom and who meet the following criteria:

  • At least five years experience in psychiatry.
  • Specialist training which has been assessed in the United Kingdom as being at least equivalent to a full programme of specialist training in psychiatry in the United Kingdom.
  • Registered on the GMC Specialist Register.
  • Support from two sponsors who are subscribing Members or Fellows of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

We have quarterly entry points (1 January, 1 April, 1 July and 1 October), to register from 1 October 2018 the fees are: £183 (one-off registration fee) and £110.25 (subscription fee) making a total of £293.25.

Please send the application forms to membership@rcpsych.ac.uk or by post to the Membership Office at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Once your Specialist Associateship has been approved you will be contacted with regard to making payment.

Please find information and application forms below.

Affiliateship is open to psychiatrists in the Specialty Doctor, Staff Grade and other Non-Consultant Career Grade posts.

Other job titles are sometimes used to describe such posts, and individual consideration may be given to doctors in other grades, not specified above, but who are 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.

Affiliateship of the College is open to registered medical practitioners working in the United Kingdom and who meet the following criteria:

  • Have support from two sponsors who are subscribing Members, Fellows or Specialist Associate of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Do not hold the MRCPsych qualification
  • Do not hold specialist registration
  • Are not in an approved training post, substantive consultant post or honorary consultant post

We have quarterly entry points (1 January, 1 April, 1 July and 1 October), to register from 1 October 2018 the fees are: £183 (one-off registration fee) and £88 (subscription fee) making a total of £271.

Please send the application forms to membership@rcpsych.ac.uk or by post to the Membership Office at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Once your Affiliateship has been approved you will be contacted with regards to making payment.

The Pre-Membership Psychiatric Trainee grade is for all doctors in a Core Trainee post, and entitles trainees to access the Portfolio Online and the College journals online.

All trainees are required to be registered with the College as set out in the "Gold Guide".

Find out more details about Pre-Membership Psychiatric Trainee.

Fellowship of the College is awarded as a mark of distinction and recognition of contributions to psychiatry. As 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 to also 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.

Nominations are considered annually by the Nominations Committee.

All Members who have achieved 10 years in Membership as at 1 January 2019 are encouraged to consider applying for Fellowship for the 2019/2020 round. The deadline for submission is 30 June 2019. All completed 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 Kataria, Head of Membership Operations on 0203 701 2759 / 2589 or by email at membership.operations@rcpsych.ac.uk.

Sponsors

Nominations for the College Fellowship must be supported by two Sponsors, both of whom must be subscribing Members of the College, and one must be a faculty or division chair.

Please read the guidance notes before completing the nomination forms.

Please print and complete the CV form, Citation form - Fellowship and Good Standing Form and send to the Membership Operations Unit at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Can I join?

International Associateship is open to psychiatrists with five years’ experience in psychiatry who do not hold the MRCPsych, but who hold a specialist qualification in psychiatry and who reside outside the UK.

How much does it cost each year?

Fees are banded according to World Bank classifications.   

International associates  Standard rate 2018 
 Band A £227 
 Band B £182 
 Band C £136 
 Band D £91 

How do I join?

Download the application forms and either email to membership@rcpsych.ac.uk or post to the Membership Office at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

You will need to include copies of your certificates of medical registration and psychiatric qualification, with English translations if not in English. We must have these to process your application.

 

What happens next?

Your application will be sent to the Chair of the International Division who will make a decision.

You will then receive an email with the decision and information on how to pay the fee.

Any queries?

For further information on International Associateship please email membership@rcpsych.ac.uk.

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