Professional Occupational Practice Committee

UKCP’s Professional Occupational Practice Committee (POP-C), is tasked with being an early-warning group on issues which impact on members' practice. It also engages with stakeholders from the wider health and wellbeing community whose work may impact the UKCP membership – both within the NHS as well as in private practice.

For example, this committee is interested in and working with significant profession and industry issues such as:

  • The growth of IAPT (the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme) and values-based commissioning
  • Work with NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence)
  • The changing healthcare and wellbeing structures such as new clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), the growth of GP clusters and increasingly the private healthcare and wellbeing sector

POP-C works closely with other committees and faculties and welcomes contributions from across practitioner areas, modalities and levels.

Commissioning psychotherapyPOP-C recently published Commissioning Psychotherapy. Our aim  was to demonstrate that UKCP accredited psychotherapy professionals are committed to offering services that commissioners, GPs, patients and the wider community can respect and value as effective and beneficial to individuals, families, couples, children, young people and groups.

This publication has been rolled out to GPs, commissioners and commissioning units in Birmingham and Manchester. It will form the basis of further promotion of the benefits and value of engaging therapists who offer quality care, inclusion and dialogue as standard in their delivery of comprehensive psychotherapy services.

We have a limited amount of hard copies of the Commissioning Psychotherapy booklet (about 200). These are available from the UKCP office for those of you who have personal connections with your local commissioners or are in touch with a therapy-friendly general practice. If you are able to give a copy to your local practice manager, a key commissioner for mental health, or even the head of a commissioning support unit, then please do request a copy. Please also inform them about the website version of the booklet, and ask them to publicise it to their colleagues.

Please email your requests for the booklet to

Committee members

Barbara Monk-Steel, Co-chair
Katherine Murphy
Clare Crellin
Hayley Merron
John James
Catherine Rhodes
Rosemary Dossett
Connie Jehu