How to join
‘recognised specialties’, with higher training schemes leading to a
Certificate of Completion of Training from the General Medical
Council. They are listed in College Bye Laws and need approval from
the Annual Meeting and Privy Council to be set up or disbanded.
The definitions for Faculties and are
set out in the
College Bye-Laws and Regulations. 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.
A Faculty will normally only be established
where a specific branch of psychiatry can be identified with a
cadre of practising specialists who will have acquired higher
training in that recognised specialty and where, in the Council’s
opinion, there exists a substantial body of experience which the
College needs to consult.