BPC Head of Professional Practice

Head of Professional Practice

£75,000 FTE
Part time: 17.5 – 21 hours per week
Flexible working hours possible to fit around other clinical commitments, please do contact us to discuss this further.

Deadline: until 24 June. Submit your application as soon as possible, as recruitment may close early if a suitable candidate is found. 

We are acutely aware that the background of regulation is changing and moving towards a more standardised approach across different professions. Whilst we believe it is essential that we set rigorous standards for our Registrants in order to maintain patient safety, we believe it is critical to remain grounded in a psychoanalytic approach and stay true to our psychoanalytic underpinnings. To do this we need strong clinical expertise in our Senior Leadership Team to complement our practical, legal and strategic capability.

This is a new post, bringing clinical and professional practice skills and experience directly into the heart of our Executive team.

If you believe you have what we are looking for (further information in the job description and person specification below) then we very much look forward to hearing from you.

To apply, please send a CV and a cover letter (no longer than two pages) explaining how you meet all the essential criteria in the person specification to jobs@bpc.org.uk.

Please contact jobs@bpc.org.uk if you would like to book in an informal conversation about the role with our Chief Executive.

Job Description



  • To work as part of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and contribute to the development and implementation of the new strategy; outlining our role as an organisation and what we are capable of providing to the profession in the future
  • To provide written and verbal clinical and professional practice advice and recommendations on profession-related matters, and clinical input across the organisation
  • To improve employees’ and affiliates’ knowledge and understanding of psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy and counselling.

Professional Engagement:

  • To develop and contribute to New Associations, BPC’s Newsletter and other publications
  • To work with the Head of Operations and the Communications Manager, develop and curate the BPC’s training and conference activities providing expert knowledge on potential speakers and themes and the needs of Registrants
    To work with the Communications Manager, develop an effective Registrant communication strategy
  • To contribute to public policy and marketing matters where professional expertise is needed and, where required, acting as spokesperson to the press etc.
    To develop and maintain strong relationships with our Member Institutions (MIs), finding ways to better understand their needs and how far the BPC can support them, as well as giving further context to the BPC about the MIs position.

Fitness to Practise / Complaints:

  • To provide written clinical and professional practice advice and guidance on Fitness to Practise allegations and other matters, as and when requested by the Head of Regulation.

Membership Institution Development:

  • To work with the Registration Committee, develop and oversee the accreditation and re-accreditation of training programmes
  • To review and develop criteria for accreditation of training programmes alongside the Registrar, ensuring the BPC’s reputation of high standards of accredited training is maintained as well as implementing changes where needed

Membership / Registration:

  • To provide clinical and non-clinical advice and guidance on the improvement of the registration journey and experience
  • To work with the SLT and develop the current and future membership categories to meet the BPC’s organisational objectives
  • To support the Head of Operations and Professional Standards Committee on the implementation and improvement of the CPD audit process
  • To look for opportunities to grow the BPC’s membership base and to assist with the development of relationships with new psychoanalytically informed training organisations.

Policy Development:

  • To work with the Head of Regulation, the Professional Standards Committee and Ethics Committees, write and operationalise policies relating to professional practice to support Registrants
  • To work collaboratively with your equivalents in other professional standards regulators such as BACP and UKCP on the development of shared professional practice policies and competency frameworks such as SCoPEd, explaining the nuances of psychoanalytic practice where needed
  • To write and operationalise policies which inform and promote equality and diversity both within the BPC and within our Member Institutions.

Person specification


  1. Current or previous BPC Registrant without restriction or adverse fitness to practise history (BPC or otherwise), who is up to date with current practice
  2. Evidence of successfully working collaboratively within teams / functions, shaping and influencing their direction
  3. Excellent communicator with proven experience of communicating highly technically knowledge, principles, and issues effectively to people without a background in psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy and to a range of stakeholders including a board of trustees
  4. Experience of having worked as a trainer or supervisor within the psychoanalytic profession
  5. Demonstrable ability to provide profession-related and clinical advice and guidance at a senior level
  6. Demonstrable ability to develop and write policy documents
  7. A proven role model for respectful, open and honest behaviour including a demonstrable commitment to equality and diversity in service delivery
  8. Awareness of the importance of a complaints handling / Fitness to Practise processes.


  1. Experience in strategic planning and objectives defining, in complex environments that are subject to significant on-going change
  2. Experience of working in a similar organisation
  3. Knowledge of statutory professional regulation
  4. Knowledge of professional associations or membership bodies.

BPC Head of Professional Practice Job Description and Person Specification

Head of Professional Practice JD updated Mar 22
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