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Independent quality mark for Humanistic Psychology Practitioners

Today, the UK Association for Humanistic Psychology Practitioners’ (UKAHPP) register has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, an independent statutory body, accountable to Parliament.

Under the Accredited Registers programme, practitioners on the UKAHPP register will be able to display the Accredited Register quality mark, a sign that they belong to a register which meets the Professional Standards Authority’s robust standards.

Derek Lawton, UKAHPP Chair said: That attaining Accredited Registration is a monumental achievement for UKAHPP. This achievement is a continuation of UKAHPP history as a well established organisation committed to the advancement of psychotherapy and psychotherapeutic counselling in the interest of public protection and choice within an ever changing field.

I am delighted that the UKAHPP has achieved the exacting standards set by the Authority and that its register has been awarded Accredited Register status. I would like to thank everyone within the UKAHPP and the Authority who have made this possible in recent years, particularly Sylvy Early, my predecessor who started the ball rolling. The next step is to continue to build on this work.

Harry Cayton, Chief Executive of the Professional Standards Authority said: We are very pleased to accredit the UK Association for Humanistic Psychology Practitioners. Bringing these practitioners into a broad framework of assurance is good for service users and the public and is the best way to promote quality. The programme offers a layer of protection for people receiving health services, and gives Humanistic Psychology Practitioners the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to good practice.

Accreditation does not imply that the Authority has assessed the merits of individuals on the register. This remains the responsibility of the UKAHPP. Accreditation means that the UKAHPP’s register meets the Professional Standards Authority’s high standards in governance, standard-setting, education and training, management of the register, complaints-handling and information.

Accredited Registers encompass a growing range of occupations and organisations and the Professional Standards Authority may accredit more than one register in any particular occupation. Further information about Accredited Registers is available at www.professionalstandards.org.uk/what-we-do/accredited-registers

ENDS

Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social CareContact:

Christine Braithwaite

Director of Standards and Policy

Tel: 020 7389 8030

christine.braithwaite@professionalstandards.org.uk

Notes to the Editor

  1. The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care oversees nine statutory bodies that regulate health and social care professionals in the UK.
  2. We assess their performance and report to Parliament. We also conduct audits and investigations and can appeal fitness to practise cases to the courts if we consider that sanctions are insufficient to protect the public and it is in the public interest.
  3. We also set standards for organisations holding registers for health and social care occupations not regulated by law and accredit those that meet them.
  4. Accredited registers can encompass a wide range of occupations and organisations and the Professional Standards Authority may accredit more than one register in any particular occupation. Those accredited are entitled to use the Authority’s accreditation mark so that they can be distinguished easily.
  5. Accredited registration is different from statutory professional registration. It is voluntary, not compulsory. Whilst practitioners can work in unregulated occupations without being on any register, the Authority’s Accreditation Scheme now offers people the option of seeking practitioners on a register that has been vetted and approved.
  6. We do this to promote the health, safety and wellbeing of users of health and social care services and the public. We are an independent body, accountable to the UK Parliament.
  7. Our values are at the heart of who we are and what we do. We are committed to being impartial, fair, accessible and consistent in the application of our values.
  8. More information about our work and the approach we take is available at www.professionalstandards.org.uk.