The College Subscription year runs from January to December.
In most cases the rate of subscription you pay is determined by your circumstances (or expected circumstances) on 1 January in that year.
You can pay your subscription online or see the sections below if you need to amend your membership subscription in any way.
From 1 January 2021
|Pre-Membership Psychiatric Trainees||£148 (or £192 with printed copies of the BJPsych and the BJPsych Bulletin)|
|Mental Health Associates||£169|
|Over 40 Years membership, or over 75 years of age||NIL|
A banding system has applied for overseas subscriptions. The scheme aims to address the fact that College fees can be a disproportionately high percentage of income for members working in some countries.
Overseas rates have been applied automatically according to the address held for members outside the UK and you do not need to make any application.
From 1 January 2021
|Pre-Membership Psychiatric Trainees|
|Retired (all grades)|
|Over 40 years Membership, or over 75 years of age||NIL|
The schedule of country bandings is available on the College website or on request by emailing the Membership Data Office. It is based upon a similar scheme operated by the World Psychiatric Association and upon economic data supplied by the World Bank.
Overseas members in Bands C or D can apply for a reduced rate if their monthly income is below a certain amount.
Find out more information about the reduced rate of subscription.
UK Fellows, Members, Specialist Associates and Affiliates can apply for a reduction of 50% of fees for 2021 if earnings for the subscription year are expected to be below £46,000.
Please contact the Membership Data Office for a Declaration Form or download one.
This concession is available for one year at a time, so even if you were on this rate for 2020 you should reapply if your circumstances have not changed.
The College defines retirement as earning no more than £16,000 from all professional income in 2021.
This earning figure refers specifically to ongoing gross income from professional practice - pension income is excluded from this calculation.
Most members in the UK pay their subscriptions by Direct Debit. You can set up your Direct Debit to be taken in one instalment (January), two Direct Debit instalments (January and July) or we have recently set up the option to pay in quarterly
Direct Debit instalments (January, April, July and October).
To set up or alter a Direct Debit arrangement members can now complete an online form - access the online Direct Debit page.
Alternatively, please download and complete the form below and return it to the Membership Data Office at the College. If you wish to pay by two or four instalments then please include a note with your returned form, otherwise we will take the subscription out in one instalment.
Please write your College membership number as the reference number on the direct debit form. Please complete and return your form by the middle of December before the year you wish to pay by Direct Debit.
The membership subscription is automatically tax deductible in the United Kingdom. At present it will save effectively at least 20% of the cost of the subscription, 40% for higher rate tax payers. The list under which your College subscriptions are classified as tax deductible can be located on the HMRC website. Under R it lists: Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Members can now view and print subscription receipts through the Secure Members’ Area.
Membership benefits continue without payment of further fees when a member achieves 40 years in membership (including membership of RMPA) or from 75 years of age.
There is no need to make application - the Membership Data Office will work from information on the College database and apply the rate from 1 January following entitlement.
Fellows, Members, Specialist Associates and Affiliates can receive the joint membership rate if two members share the same address and one set of journals.
The saving is £30 per person, per year.
We hope you'll find the answers to your queries in Your membership. If you still have any questions or wish to discuss your membership further, please contact the Membership Data Office using the details below:
Paul O'Connor (Membership Data Manager)
Rachel Archer-Lee (Membership Data Administrator)
Tel: +44 (0)20 8618 4100