About the Private and
Independent Practice SIG (PIPSIG)
The Private and Independent Practice Special Interest Group 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.
Membership is open to all Members of or Associates of the
College. Others may be invited to join at the discretion of the
Chair. To join, please complete our online
application form or email the College Membership
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. Please join it here.
PIPSIG is on Twitter! Details of forthcoming events,
consultations that might concern PIPSIG members and items of
interest are posted. Please follow @RCPsychPIPSIG
||Year of joining
|Dr Lesley Haines
|Dr Danny Allen
|Dr Tom Carnwath
|Dr John Sharkey
|Dr Katy Briffa
|Dr Paul Divall
Should you require a copy of any
previous bulletins not currently available on the
website, please contact Francis Maunze – the
Important documents to help regulate your practice: