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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Special Interest Groups

Royal College of Psychiatrists Special Interest Groups

The main specialties within psychiatry are represented within the College by Faculties and Sections. The College also has Special Interest Groups which provide a forum for Members to come together in a particular area of psychiatry.

Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry  

Gay & Lesbian


Private and Independent Practice


Transcultural Psychiatry

Women and Mental Health

Volunteering and International

Induction Pack for Financial Officers   

How to join

A member of the College can join whichever Faculty, Section and/or Special Interest Group they choose, (to join a Faculty, Section or Special Interest Group, please contact the Membership Department) and can be a member of more than one at a time. 


The fact that a College member belongs to a particular Faculty, Section or Special Interest Group does not necessarily mean that they work in that field. Equally, it is not a requirement for any psychiatrist to belong to a particular Faculty or Section to work in that area of psychiatry.


Members and Associates may join by completing our online application form or emailing the College Membership office. Others may be invited to join at the discretion of the relevant Chair.



Regulation XXIB

The main objects of a Special Interest Group are to facilitate the exchange of information, to promote discussion and to generate interest in a particular field of psychiatry. Council sets up or disbands Special Interest Groups.


(Note: the name of the Central Executive Committee has been changed by consent of the Privy Council to ‘Council’. The Regulations will be amended to reflect this name change).


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