About us

The private and independent practice special interest group (PIPSIG) was formed in the 1990s and membership is increasing as more psychiatrists opt for portfolio careers. Members from other Specialities and Faculties of the College are welcome if they work to any extent outside the NHS.

The group includes those in private practice, retired working psychiatrists, medico-legal and Mental Health Act work and doctors visiting and working in independent hospitals and clinics.

The group's concerns have been that those working outside the NHS have, in the past, not been connected with college affairs. Current challenges include the requirements of relicensing and revalidation (including appraisal and 360 degree feedback), maintaining skills required for independent psychiatric practice and liaising with other college activities.

The group seeks to develop the interface between the College, the independent sector, the insurers and the NHS.

Previous annual reports can be viewed on the website and show the range of activities that PIPSIG covers.

Member Year of joining Position
Dr Lesley Haines 2013 Chair
Dr Danny Allen 2013 Secretary
Dr Tom Carnwath 2016 Financial Officer
Dr John Sharkey 2013 Committee Member
Dr Katy Briffa 2015 Committee Member
Dr Paul Divall 2015 Committee Member

Important documents to help regulate your practice:


We now have a forum. The purpose is multifold but it will address issues like finding people in your area to form a PDP peer group and will enable exchange of ideas and a broader range of views in response to any queries you may have. 

PIPSIG on Twitter 

PIPSIG is on Twitter! Details of forthcoming events, consultations that might concern PIPSIG members and items of interest are posted.  Please follow @RCPsychPIPSIG

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Should you require a copy of any previous bulletins not currently available on the website, please contact Francis Maunze – the College Archivist.

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