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Professional Conduct Committee

The Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) plays a key role in enabling UKCP to meet its responsibility to maintain professional standards. It oversees the new Complaints and Conduct Process (CCP) and Central Final Appeal Procedure (CFAP).

The remit of the PCC is to oversee the role, function and management of the CCP and the consideration of applications to appeal through the CFAP. This involves working closely with the Complaints and Conduct Officers and other UKCP staff. PCC members review specific complaints to determine whether the application meets the prima facie requirements to be lodged formally, or for an appeal to be taken forward. They then oversee and advise on the subsequent handling of cases.

The Complaints and Conduct Team provide administrative support at the PCC monthly meetings.

Committee members

Committee Chair: Brian Linfield MBE

Carmel Bamford
Clemens-Emanuel Gutwenger
Sheila Foxgold
Graham Briscoe
Kedzie Penfield
Henry Adeane
Barry James Christie (UKCP Ethics Committee representative)

Complaints and Conduct Process Review

During 2014, we conducted a consultation on our current complaints and conduct process to reflect on how it was working and to bring forward improvements where necessary. The consultation was launched in January 2014 and we received a wide range of feedback from therapists, committees and organisations in the mental health field, as well as from members of the public. The consultation was officially closed in April 2014.

Annual Report

UKCP’s Professional Conduct Committee publishes an annual report setting out key statistics for the year(s) covered. These include the number of general enquiries and complaints received, the number of cases considered and accepted, and the types of complaint received.

Cover of the complaints handling 2017 annual report

Professional Conduct Committee report 1 January 2017-31 December 2017


Front cover of the PCC annual report 2016

Professional Conduct Committee report 1 January 2016-31 December 2016


Professional Conduct Committee report 1 January 2014-31 December 2015

Professional Conduct Committee report 1 January 2014-31 December 2015



Professional Conduct Committee report 1 April to 31 December 2013.