Education, Training and Practice Committee: lay committee member

We are seeking a lay person (by ‘lay’ we mean not UKCP members or employees, and not from a health or psychological profession) to join our Education, Training and Practice Committee (ETPC). Ideally they will have experience of education and training work within the charity sector and have an awareness of diversity issues. This is a voluntary, unpaid position.

As part of our aim of improving equality and diversity practice within the profession, UKCP is seeking to increase the diversity of its committee members. We would therefore especially welcome applications from under-represented groups including black and minority ethnic people, disabled people and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.


Main duties and responsibilities

  • To attend the ETPC Committee, which meets for a minimum of five meetings per annum.
  • To provide an external perspective on setting, reviewing, and maintaining professional standards relating to the education, training and practice of practising UKCP members.
  • To liaise and, where necessary, work closely with UKCP’s other Regulatory Committees including the Professional Regulatory Committee for Colleges and Faculties (PRCCF), the Quality Assurance Committee (QAC), and the organisation’s Registrar.
  • To liaise and, where necessary, work closely with UKCP’s Executive Committee, the Higher Education Special Interest Group, and the Ethics Committee.
  • To assist the ETPC in assessing and approving models of education, training and practice of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors working with adults and with children and young people. These functions are carried out within a framework informed by best practice in relation to diversity, equality, inclusion and social responsibility.
  • To ensure that the UKCP’s Diversity and Equalities Statement is upheld in the exercise of its functions.


Essential experience

  • A positive interest in mental health wellbeing provision.
  • Experience of working within charitable organisations at committee and policy level.
  • Experience in the training/education/continual development of vocational professionals. This may include: the development of training modules and programmes; and/or the enhancement of trainee experience; and/or experience in the enhancement and continual development of vocational professionals.
  • Involvement in EDI explorations (equality, diversity and intersectionality) within organisations.


Desirable experience

  • An understanding of regulatory and accreditation processes.
  • An understanding of mental health professions.
  • Knowledge of safeguarding.


How to apply

You can find out more about the role by reading the ETPC Lay Member Role Description.

Please send your CV and a covering letter that outlines how you meet the above person specification to by Friday,14 May 2021.

Interviews will be held remotely on Wednesday, 26 May 2021.


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