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Lay Chairs for Complaints Panel Hearings

Location: Central London (when in person) or Remotely

Reimbursement: Fixed daily fee of £200 maximum plus expenses in accordance with the UKCP expenses policy (2020)

As part of our commitment to protecting the public, we work to improve professional standards and to respond effectively to complaints against our members. We are looking for five Lay Chairs (someone who has not worked in or studied the field of psychotherapy) who have an active interest in ethics and complaints to sit on our complaints panel hearings.

About the role

A panel comprises of a Lay Chair and two Professional Members (psychotherapists/psychotherapeutic counsellors) who are registered with UKCP.  They are supported by an independent Legal Assessor (barrister) who will give guidance on the law.

A Lay Chair, if selected to sit on a panel, is acting as an individual, independent from UKCP and any other organisation they may be affiliated with. They are appointed for their experience and expertise and their primary duty is to ensure public protection.

The Lay Chair is responsible for the running of the hearing and will work with the Professional Members to reach a fair and well-reasoned decision.  The Lay Chair is also responsible for facilitating discussion between the Professional Members and for ensuring the written decision accurately reflects the decision of the panel.

Download the full role description and person specification.

How to apply

To apply please send your CV and supporting letter by 5pm on 9 August 2020, explaining how you meet the requirements and why you would like the position, to

Interviews will be held remotely on 20 August 2020.