The regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors
On 16 February 2011, the coalition government issued a command paper 'Enabling excellence: autonomy and accountability for healthcare workers, social workers and social care workers' (Cm 8008) setting out the government strategy for reforming the system for regulating healthcare workers in the UK and social workers and social care workers in England. It marked a change in direction in the government's approach to regulation.
Following on from this, on 3 December 2012, the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA; formerly the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE)) launched its accredited voluntary registers scheme.
Writing in UKCP Bulletin 20, UKCP Chief Executive David Pink said: "The UKCP Board is very keen that UKCP should apply for accreditation as early as possible, and that the recognition of our register should work in the public interest, and in our members' interests as well."
News and information on work leading up to the PSA accredited voluntary registers scheme
The following articles explain the current situation. Below, in the regulation archive, you can find details of UKCP's previous work on former government plans for statutory regulation.
This year, CHRE (Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence) launched a public consultation on their draft set of standards and approach to accreditation organisations holding voluntary registers - such as UKCP. UKCP took the opportunity to repond.
We are currently preparing our consultation response to the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence document: Consultation on accreditation standards for organisations that hold voluntary registers for health and social care occupations.
This summary of the assured voluntary regulation situation is to update you on the 'provisional' look of the scheme being developed by The Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE)
Carmen Joanne Ablack, UKCP Advisor and Regulatory Lead (External), reports on continuing work on the assured voluntary registration scheme.
An advisory paper from Carmen Joanne Ablack, UKCP Advisor, Regulation Lead (External) and Chair psychotherapy in the workplace committee
BPC and UKCP welcome the clarity that the government has finally brought to the question of the regulation of the psychotherapy and counselling professions in Command Paper 8008, 'Enabling Excellence: Autonomy and Accountability for Healthcare Workers, Social Workers and Social Care Workers'.
|Memorandum submitted by UKCP to the Health and Social Care Bill debate|
This Bulletin is about a government command paper issued on Wednesday, 16 February and how it affects the regulation of psychotherapy and counselling.
A Government Command Paper affecting the regulation of psychotherapists and counsellors was issued on Wednesday 16 February. Here are our initial thoughts on the relevant features. We will use our next Bulletin to make a longer statement in response to this announcement.
HPC regulation archive
Details of UKCP's previous work on former government plans for statutory regulation.
UKCP work with the Health Professions Council (HPC) and the Professional Liaison Group (PLG)
For information on the work UKCP undertook with HPC and PLG including copies of our submissions, please click here.