Credentialing

Credentialing is our process for assessing members' knowledge and experience; it demonstrates that they are experts in the field of mental health pharmacy. Credentialed members are full members of the College and can carry the post-nominals MCMHP.

Credentialing is our process for assessing members' knowledge and experience; it demonstrates that they are experts in the field of mental health pharmacy. Credentialed members are full members of the College and can carry the post-nominals MCMHP.

Full (credentialed) membership is available to pharmacists who have attained an expert level of working. To be eligible for full membership the associate CMHP member pharmacist has to demonstrate one of the following:

  • 5 years active experience in psychiatric pharmacy practice, or
  • 3 years active experience and a pass on the Aston University Postgraduate Diploma in Psychiatric Pharmacy Therapeutics, or
  • 3 years experience and an MSc which contains a large psychiatric component.

Expert level of practice is assessed by submitting a portfolio of evidence and sitting a viva. There are usually two calls for submissions with associated viva sessions per year. One of the viva sessions is held around the same time as our annual conference. Members applying for full membership are required to pay a credentialing fee.

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Credentialed members are expected to recredential every five years demonstrating ongoing expert practice.

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Credentialing gives our members confidence in their abilities and experience. As one member put it:

To me it is provides me with the confidence and reassurance that I continue to work at a clinically robust level. A level worthy of credentialing by my peers. It is a great addition to the CV, makes me more employable and sounds rightfully impressive when mentioned to clinicians.