Welcome to the Accredited Registers e-bulletin – January 2015
This year the Accredited Register programme celebrated its second anniversary. We have seen the addition of eight new registers to the programme in 2014, with a further three registers currently being assessed. Nine registers have successfully completed their first annual review and the team have received declarations of interest from registers wishing to apply for accreditation. This brings our total to 17 Accredited Registers covering 25 occupations and over 60,000 practitioners.
New Accredited Registers
Since our last e-bulletin five new registers have been accredited by the Authority: the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS), the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP), the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT), the British Psychoanalytical Council (BPC) and the Society of Homeopaths. Our newest Accredited Register the AHCS, celebrated its success with a launch at the Department of Health and a supporting statement from the Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter MP.
Accredited Registers Seminar
In October the Authority hosted their annual seminar for senior representatives of the Accredited Registers, focussing on the sharing of information between registers. Speakers for the morning session included Dawn Monaghan from the Information Commissioner’s Office and Chris Harris from the Department of Health. In the afternoon delegates were asked to consider the provision of information when handling complaints. Speakers included Teena Chowdhury and Douglas Bilton from the Professional Standards Authority and Dawn Devereux from The Clinic for Boundaries Studies.
Accredited Registers Rebrand – Extended Deadline for Registrants
In November we amended our brand so registers are now Professional Standards Authority’s Accredited Registers. The change in name was accompanied by a new quality mark (shown below) and a makeover for our website http://www.professionalstandards.org.uk/what-we-do/accredited-registers
All the Accredited Registers have been provided with the new quality mark. The Authority extended the deadline for registrants on accredited registers to make electronic changes – the deadline is now 31 March 2015. The Authority is aware that it will take longer to change printed materials and so has provided an extended deadline for changing these. It is expected that all printed materials produced by an Accredited Register and their registrants will be using the new quality mark by 30 November 2015.
The new website has been designed to be easier to navigate and the information easier to find and understand. We hope that you find the website more user friendly, exciting and easier to navigate. The Accredited Registers programme website can be accessed here: About Accredited Registers
The AVR team has also changed their name and email address following the rebrand. The team are now called the Accreditation Team and can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow us on Twitter
The Professional Standards Authority now has a Twitter account.
We can be found at https://twitter.com/prof_standards if you wish to follow us.
Following the rebrand the Authority has begun to intensify its stakeholder engagement to raise awareness of Accredited Registers. Recently Christine met with Dr Sloane Harper, the Director of Integrated Care from the Health and Social Care Board in Northern Ireland, to discuss Accredited Registers and their potential benefits to primary care in that country. This will be followed up in 2015 with the aim of providing information about Accredited Registers to GP’s in Northern Ireland.
The Authority is continuing its work to increase awareness of the Accredited Registers and have sent letters out to relevant charities, discussing Accredited Registers and the benefits of using practitioners on a register. We will continue to send these letters out to relevant charities throughout 2015 seeking meetings with senior staff to promote the programme. We will also be targeting major employers in the private sector to raise awareness of the programme within the wider community.
In 2015 the Authority will continue to meet with key stakeholders to raise awareness of Accredited Registers, including key figures from central, regional and local governments, NHS, Arm’s Length Bodies, private health providers and insurers, charities and other relevant organisations. It is hoped that meeting with these and other key stakeholders will increase their awareness of the benefits of using Accredited Registers.
The Authority has responded to several consultations since our last e-bulletin. In December we responded to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) consultation about ‘Prioritising Principles’. The Authority supports the intention to introduce prioritising principles when allocating regulatory resources. The Authority welcomes the assessment approach that is being suggested as it is a risk based approach and in line with the principles of Right Touch regulation. The Authority also suggested that ASA might want to consider reviewing some of its guidance to take the knowledge base of Accredited Registers into account. A full copy of the response can be found here. The Authority has been invited by the Committee of Advertising Practice to participate in the review of their Help Notes on Substantiation for Health, Beauty and Slimming Claims in early 2015.
The Authority has responded to an Ofsted consultation ‘Better inspection for all’ in which Ofsted are proposing to introduce a common framework. The Authority agreed that this approach would lead to greater consistency and comparability across education providers and suggested ways in which the Accredited Registers could be considered. The full response can be found on our website.
The Authority has responded to the Public Health Wales consultation on developing a scheme for recognising advanced practice in public health. The Authority was pleased to see that the proposed scheme will promote use of the UK Public Health Register (UKPHR), an Accredited Register. However, the Authority was unsure how they intended to communicate who was accredited as an advanced practitioner and was worried that there could be confusion between registration with the UKPHR and Public Health Wales accreditation. A full copy of the response can be found on our website.
MoU on Gay Conversion Therapy
The UK Council for Counselling and Psychotherapy (UKCP) working with the Department of Health bought together 14 signatory organisations, including the Royal College of GPs and the Royal College of Psychiatrists, to produce a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) recognising that efforts to try to change or alter sexual orientation through psychological therapies are unethical and potentially harmful. It sets out an agreed framework to tackle the issues raised by the practice of conversion therapy in the UK. UKCP’s register is accredited by the Authority. All the other accredited registers in counselling and psychotherapy in England signed up to the MoU, they are: The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, the British Psychoanalytical Council and the National Counselling Society. The Authority supported their action – see our press release.
Publication of First Accredited Register Report
The Authority is preparing a report to be published early in 2015 highlighting the contributions being made by Accredited Registers to the public’s health and wellbeing.
Events in 2015
The Accredited Registers Annual Conference will be held in June 2015 (date to be confirmed). The theme of this year’s conference is ‘unlock, unblock and promote’ and will provide the opportunity for the Accredited Registers to discuss key issues that are blocking the use of Accredited Registers and the potential solutions with key stakeholders. More information will become available closer to the time.
The next Accredited Registers webinar will be held on15 April 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 email@example.com.
Accredited Registers’ News
Congratulations to Dr Hadyn Williams on his new appointment as Chief Executive Officer and Dr Andrew Reeves as the Chair of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. The Authority and the Accreditation team would like to wish Hadyn and Andrew every success in their new roles.
The UK Public Health Register (UKPHR)’s Registrar, Professor Nairn Wilson CBE is standing down as the Honorary Registrar this year to take up the role of President of the British Dental Association. The Authority and the Accreditation team would like to thank Professor Wilson for all his support to the programme and wish him well in his new role. The UKPHR is recruiting a new Honorary Registrar, for more information please visit the UKPHR website.
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.
So far we have accredited the following registers:
Academy for Healthcare Science
Alliance of Private Sector Practitioners
Association of Child Psychotherapists
British Acupuncture Council
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
British Association of Play Therapists
British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers
British Psychoanalytic Council
Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland)
Federation of Holistic Therapists
National Counselling Society
National Hypnotherapy Society
Play Therapy UK
Society of Homeopaths
UK Council for Psychotherapy
UK Public Health Register
Next Issue and Feedback
The next issue of the bulletin will be published in the Spring. If you have any comments or suggestions for future issues of this bulletin please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0207 389 8037.
The Accreditation Team would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year.