About the Private and
Independent Practice SIG (PIPSIG)
The Private and Independent Practice Special Interest Group was
formed in the 1990s and the membership is increasing. Members
from other Specialities and Faculties of the college are welcome if
they work to any extent outside the NHS.
The group covers private practice, medicolegal and Mental Health
Act work, and doctors visiting and working in independent hospitals
The group seeks to develop the interface
between the College, the independent sector, the insurers and the
Previous annual reports can be viewed on the
website and show the range of activities that PIPSIG covers.
The current challenges include Relicensing and
Revalidation, skills required for independent psychiatric practice
and liaising with other college activities.
The group's concerns have been that those
working outside the NHS have, in the past, not been included in
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
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.
||Year of joining
Dr Daniel Allen
Dr Ajat Sanikop
Dr Lesley Haines
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: