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 may use 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 use the post-nominals MCMHP.
Full (credentialed) membership is available to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who have attained an expert level of working. To be eligible for full membership the associate CMHP member 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, or
- experience and knowledge gained through the Foundation Certificate pathway.
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.
Please also see the Overview of Foundation Certificate, Credentialing and Recredentialing Pathways (pdf document updated May 2023) and explore the following pages:Read more about the process of credentialing Read more about the foundation certificate
Credentialed members are expected to recredential every five years demonstrating ongoing expert practice.Read more about recredentialing
Mentoring and support
If you are interested in undertaking credentialing but would like some further mentoring and support or would like to talk to someone who has been through the process please contact [email protected] with your request and they will be able to put you in touch with an appropriate person.
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.