Public affairs and policy

We engage with external stakeholders to promote awareness of psychoanalytic thinking and psychotherapy to achieve our objective to facilitate and increase access to psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

We have worked with successive governments to promote the importance of good mental health and provided expert advice on a wide range of subjects – from depression and anxiety to complex needs, early intervention and the importance of a relational approach to public and social policy.

Our Public Affairs and Policy Priorities:

Urging Government to acknowledge and maximise the role of counselling and psychotherapy through the coronavirus crisis. We are doing this with BACP and UKCP and 22 organisations, including other professional bodies, service providers, think tanks and training institutions.

Securing the continued provision and expanded availability of psychoanalytic and psychoanalytic informed therapies in the NHS, reversing the trend that has seen complex mental health issues being responded to with a one size fits all approach usually involving only short-term therapies.

Introducing the requirement for commissioners and providers to deliver the full range of approved therapies in the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme (IAPT), including dynamic interpersonal therapy (DIT) which is a evidence-based manualised therapy based on psychoanalytic theories.

Campaigning to modify the NICE draft guidance on Treatment for Depression in Adults to ensure the guidance is fit for purpose and millions of people suffering from depression continue to be able to access a wide selection of evidence-based treatments.

Promoting the expansion of relational and reflective approaches in the public sector at strategic and operational level to improve staff resilience. We are working to urge Commissioners to recognise the unique role of psychoanalytic approaches in supporting the mental health of NHS front line staff.

Supporting the extension of VAT exemption to psychotherapists and counsellors on the accredited registers of the Professional Standard Association (PSA) to remove a significant barrier to people accessing care privately and to address the lack of parity between physical and mental health and between mental health practitioners.

Promoting diversity in the profession through better access to training and to psychotherapy treatments that are inclusive and culturally sensitive. To do so effectively we also need government support.  The cost of training is a major barrier to entering the profession and this acts as a significant barrier for many and especially for BAME groups.  It would be a significant and positive step if government committed to supporting psychotherapy training through expanding higher education funding.

Some of our key policy documents and statements

GENERAL ELECTIONS 2019 - Manifesto Submission
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The BPC, UKCP and BACP Election Manifesto calls for the next government to provide adequate funding matched by the delivery of a range of longer-term and shorter-term talking therapies to address the different needs of each individual.
62 MPs and Peers Sign Letter on NICE Draft Guideline
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62 MPs and Peers sign a second cross-party letter to express serious concerns over NICE’s draft guidelines on depression and overwhelmingly support the position statement of the BPC and the wider stakeholder coalition calling for their ‘full and proper revision’.
BPC response to the NHS Long Term Plan
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The BPC response to the NHS Long Term Plan acknowledges the commitment to improving mental health provisions but calls for clearer action towards a comprehensive mental health strategy that addresses complex and long term needs.
Consensus Statement on Welfare Sanctions
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A consensus statement on the use of sanctions in the benefits system
Memorandum of Understanding Against Conversion Therapy 2
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The BPC reiterates its opposition to conversion therapy alongside 15 other leading organisations with the signing of the second Memorandum of Understanding on conversion therapy. The latest version of the MOU2, following a 'light touch' review in 2019, can be accessed here.


Consultation on Standards of conduct, performance and ethics

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