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We are a voluntary regulator
One of our functions is to act as a voluntary regulator of the profession. We publish an annual register of those practitioners who meet our fitness to practise standards. This is in line with the recommendations made by the Government’s report The regulation of the non-medical healthcare professions. The report states that the function of a regulator is to:
The BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations, ensuring that they meet our minimum training standards. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC’s register.
BPC registration is governed by a range of fitness to practice requirements. These are:
Failure to meet these requirements will mean that the practitioner’s registration will be suspended or terminated. Our over-riding priority is to protect the public and maintain public confidence in the profession we regulate.
The BPC’s register is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
We are a leading voice of the profession
The BPC acts as a leading voice for the psychodynamic and psychoanalytic sector of psychotherapy. Whilst not the only representatives of this sector, we are seen as an authoritative and influential ambassador for this therapeutic approach, at the same time as working in close partnership with other representative organisations.
We have made significant responses to, for example, the Department of Health’s review The regulation of the non-medical healthcare professions and the Skills for Health consultation on National Occupational Standards. We worked closely with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, British Psychological Society and others around a profession-wide response to the Government’s White Paper Trust, Assurance and Safety – the Regulation of Health Professionals in the 21st Century.
We aim to build strong links between research, clinical practice and public policy. The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust’s Psychotherapy Evaluation Research Unit provides an important bridge between research evidence and clinical practice for us, though we have a range of links with other research institutions. BPC works with these and other institutions to advance a scientific, evidence-based practice for psychodynamic psychotherapy.
We were one of the co-organisers of the annual conference, Psychological Therapies in the NHS. In 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2015 we organised the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy NOW conferences, which have been acclaimed as marking a ‘turning point’ for the profession. The next ‘PP NOW’ is being held in 2017.
We are a service to the public and our profession
Finally, our role is to provide a service both to members of the public and to our profession.
One of the key services we provide is information. Our Register is part of that, and our website provides a key service with the Finding a Therapist section.
But we are keen to develop our website as a crucial forum for information and debate in the world of psychotherapy, contemporary psychology and mental health. We are keen to hear from you if you have any thoughts about how we can improve our service to the public and our profession.
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