Wishing you all the very best for 2017 from everyone at UKCP!
Our reaccreditation with PSA
We’re delighted to share with you the news that the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) has reaccredited our register for another year.
Many of you will remember that the reaccreditation process did not go so smoothly last year. We are pleased to say that this year we have been reaccredited without being issued with any requirements, instructions or learning points.
Looking back on 2016
This has been a busy and challenging year for UKCP. One of us became chair, the other chief executive. It has been an interesting time of transition as we adjust to our new roles and we are honoured to serve and represent our profession.
At the end of November, we launched our new website. Behind the scenes, the site is powered by a CRM (Customer Relationship Management database) which has meant changing all our internal processes and enabled us to improve Find a Therapist.
We would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the development of this site, particularly the Digital Delivery Project Board, which comprised members and staff, and which met monthly throughout the last year to complete the project. As we have said in the correspondence on the new website, this is just the beginning. We have plans to grow the website and to promote Find a Therapist. This is why we need all our members to update their profiles and add a photograph.
We have also been able to implement two of Martin’s manifesto pledges. In July, the Board approved free student membership and bursaries for trainees. There has been a huge amount of interest in the bursaries scheme – more than we anticipated. We were pleased to be able to award 28 bursaries.
We are looking forward to our professional conference in March next year. We have had a tremendous response and tickets are almost sold out. Our thanks to vice-chair Pat Hunt for leading on this conference and to Fiona Biddle and the Communications Team. They have put together a top-notch programme.
Our recent members’ survey showed strong support for us to improve our engagement with the public, media, employers (public and private) and government. We intend to publish the results in the New Year.
As an organisation, we have undergone fundamental change during the last few years and now is the time for us to look firmly to the future.
The UKCP office will be closed from 3pm on Friday 23 December, reopening on Tuesday, 3 January.
We’d like to take this moment to wish you a very well-earned break from the important work that you do, and to say that we look forward to working for you and alongside you in 2017.
With very best wishes for the year ahead,
Martin Pollecoff Janet Weisz
UKCP Chair UKCP Chief Executive