Pre-retirement Add-on

We are pleased to launch an addition to the full-clinical grade of membership designed to support members who are winding down their clinical practice with a view to retiring.

The Pre-retirement Add-on is available to registrants who will retire from all clinical practice within two years. Eligible members will:

  • pay a membership fee which is 25 per cent less than the usual full clinical fee
  • be exempt from the annual random audit and reaccreditation process.

We would like to thank everyone who contributed to our research and consultations and helped shape the Pre-retirement Add-on. We continue to consider how best to support our members and will monitor the Add-on over the coming year to see if any improvements can be made.


How to apply

To update your membership and avail the Pre-retirement Add-on, please apply for a new membership grade online.

If you have not been reaccredited within the last three years, you will also need to complete a Review form.


How our Organisational Members/Colleges are supporting the Add-on

Thank you to our organisational members who contributed to our consultations. We appreciate your support for this process.

Organisational members (and colleges, for direct members) will support the process by reviewing applications only for those members who have not reaccredited in more than three years.

Registrants with the Pre-retirement Add-on will not need to be reaccredited. However, if they decide to return to full clinical practice rather than retiring and their reaccreditation date has passed, organisations (or colleges, for direct members) will need to reaccredit the registrant.


Frequently Asked Questions

How will the Pre-retirement Add-on change my membership status?

It won’t. Apart from the two benefits listed above, those with the Pre-retirement Add-on will still be registrants so will receive the same membership benefits as before – for example, you will still be listed on our National Register and receive a membership certificate. You will also be required to uphold the same high standards of practice such as maintaining the usual amounts of supervision and CPD, and will still be subject to our ethical codes and complaints procedure(s).

Can I change my mind about retiring?

Yes, we know that circumstance can change. Registrants with the Pre-Retirement Add-on can choose to have the Add-on removed from their membership grade. However, you can only choose to do this once and will be asked to pay the difference in fee for the standard Full Clinical membership grade. A re-instatement fee of £50 will also be charged. Additionally, they will be required to undertake the re-accreditation process if their normal five-yearly re-accreditation was due during the time of the Add-on.

What happens after two years?

After two years as a full clinical member with the Pre-retirement Add-on, you will be offered UKCP’s retired membership grade. You can move to the Retired grade at any point during the two years if you finish your clinical practice earlier.

If you have further questions not answered here, please email


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