Other Issues Pertaining to Membership Applications
This would normally be a suitably qualified person, neither related to the applicant nor connected by business, who has had reasonable knowledge of the applicant’s practice throughout the time period relevant to the grade being applied for. Examples of acceptable referees would include: supervisors, clinic directors or practice managers, medical practitioners and other "caring" professionals. The Society’s request for a referee is at its discretion.
Supervision should be appropriate to the number of client hours and type of practice essential for the award and maintenance of professional membership.
The Society holds a register of qualified and experienced Supervisors whose details are listed in the member’s section of the website. If you choose to use a Supervisor who is not a member of the Society please can you ensure they are approved by the Society.
The Society will request evidence specific to all applications, e.g. Diplomas, Case Studies, & Statements from Supervisors. Applicants will become members only on submission of said evidence. The Society requires signed copies of photographic I.D.
Other Professional Bodies
The Society recognises a wide variety of professional bodies as having pre-approved equivalence to certain membership grades.
Each professional member is entitled to a Certificate of Society membership at their respective grade. Certificates will be issued to new members free of charge on acceptance.
Upgraded Certificates will be issued, also free of charge, whenever appropriate. All membership Certificates remain the property of the Society and must be returned on request. Failure to do so may incur a charge.
Members are entitled to apply for appropriate upgrades in status along with the prevailing criteria. Applications must be made on a Membership Upgrade Form, which may be obtained on request from the Society Headquarters.
There is no fee levied for applications for an upgrade in status.
Termination of Membership
Termination for professional issues is in accordance with the current Society Code of Ethics and Complaints Procedure; however, membership is at the discretion of the Society and may be declined or terminated at any time.
Members terminating membership are responsible for cancelling their own payments as continued payment shall be deemed to constitute continued membership. Members terminating membership must return their membership certificates. Payment for membership shall be automatic by standing order for one year in advance, and is non-refundable. Members terminating membership shall not be entitled to a pro-rata refund of dues.
Membership and all membership privileges will automatically lapse where subscriptions are not paid within one calendar month of falling due.
Members' Obligations and Rights
Members of the Society incur no obligations or rights beyond those indicated.
It is a condition of Society membership that practising members must be fully insured for both Professional Indemnity and Public Liability. The Society has negotiated a Block Scheme at preferential rates with the well known Brokers, Howden Insurance (from which no monetary gain is received by the Society) and applicants must either participate within the scheme, or alternatively submit evidence of acceptable insurance obtained elsewhere (e.g. Excluding Southern Ireland and overseas members).
Royal Society for Public Health
The Society has a cooperation agreement with the Royal Society for Public Health which renders our members eligible to join at appropriate grades.