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Education and Training Consultation
Last year the Professional Standards Authority commissioned a review of Standard 9 – the education and training standard for Accredited Registers. One of the recommendations from this review was that the education and training requirements for entry to an accredited register should be clear to the public.

As a result of this review, the Authority is proposing to change the wording of Standard 9 to make this requirement clearer. The Authority is also proposing to amend its assessment process to take this change into account.

The Authority is now seeking feedback about these proposed changes. If you would like to give your views, more information about the changes and how to respond to our consultation can be found on the consultation pages of our website. The closing date of the consultation is 30 June 2015.

Accredited Registers Report

The Professional Standards Authority published its first Accredited Registers report in March - Accredited Registers: Ensuring that health and care practitioners are competent and safe.  The report was praised by leaders across the NHS with Danny Mortimer, Chief Executive of NHS Employers stating:

“I welcome this report and the positive contribution which Accredited Registers are making as part of the health and care workforce. Good quality, integrated care is reliant on a range of providers and practitioners on Accredited Registers are an important part of that. I encourage all employers to look for the Accredited Registers mark when recruiting practitioners.”

The report describes the contributions that the 63,000 practitioners on Accredited Registers are making to the public’s health and wellbeing. It explains how they help to provide care and improve the health of service users and goes onto explain that they have the capacity to do much more.

Annual Conference

Following on from the success of the Accredited Registers report, the Professional Standards Authority is hosting a round table event on 1 July in London to discuss how the Accredited Registers can help achieve key health and wellbeing objectives. Stakeholders from a variety of organisations have been invited to participate in this event to explore the future potential of the workforce on Accredited Registers.

Other Events in 2015

The next Accredited Registers webinar will be held on 16 September 2015. This workshop is hosted by the Accreditation team for organisations holding voluntary registers that are planning to apply for accreditation. It will outline the application process and give delegates the chance to ask the team any questions. If you would like to attend please contact accreditationteam@professionalstandards.org.uk.

BACP research conference

We attended BACP’s 21st annual research conference at Nottingham University in May. Registrants and academics presented 89 research studies carried out in collaboration with 24 UK Universities, 4 US Universities, 3 NHS Trusts, a University in Canada, a hospital in Hong Kong and other charities and training institutes.

Amongst the many interesting studies, three factors caught our attention.  First, research studies showing the benefits of counselling for people with physical conditions including people with diabetes, coming to terms with sight loss, and supporting the armed forces following combat experience.  Second, a study comparing outcomes for counselling for depression, acupuncture and usual treatment showing both counselling for depression and acupuncture were beneficial and lower cost. We wondered what the effect might be if patients received both counselling and acupuncture.  Third, studies conducting research from the patients’ perspective, including a survey designed by young people.

If you need a practitioner check our Accredited Registers Directory

If you need a practitioner in counselling, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, acupuncture, play therapy, foot health practice, complementary health therapies, sports rehabilitation, public health or healthcare science you should visit our directory of Accredited Registers.