I suddenly noticed something on the Professional Standards Authority’s list of Accredited Registers. The UK Council for Psychotherapy are still on the list, but if you click on their page, some eye-opening details are revealed. It seems the UKCP has had their accreditation suspended.
I couldn’t find any mention of this on the UKCP website, which surprised me somewhat.
The UKCP page on the PSA’s Accredited Registers now reads:
Accreditation currently under assessment
The Accreditation Panel met on 11 November 2015 to review UKCP’s accreditation and decided to suspend accreditation. The Panel was not satisfied that UKCP continued to meet the Standards for Accredited Registers. It was not satisfied that UKCP met Standards 7f, 10b, 11b, 11c, 11d and 11e. As a result of shortcomings identified in those Standards, the Panel was not fully satisfied that Standards 2 and 5 were met.
The UKCP has accepted the outcome and is positively engaging with the Authority to provide further evidence to the Panel. UKCP was given until 5 January 2015 to submit the evidence.
The standards they refer to as being not satisfied about are:
7f) Communicates effectively with the public and its registrants. In particular it ensures that the information it provides about its registrants and their occupation(s) helps service users to make informed decisions.
10b) Maintains a register that is accurate, easily accessible to the public and supports all those using it to make informed decisions.
11a) Provides clear information about its arrangements for handling complaints and concerns about a) its registrants and b) itself.
11b) Encourages early resolution of complaints including use of mediation where appropriate and it has adequate monitoring arrangements in place to identify matters that require disciplinary action.
11c) Provides good advice and support for those providing information and evidence in relation to complaints and disciplinary cases.
11d) Focuses on protecting service users and the public where necessary and putting matters right where possible.
11e) Makes sound decisions that are fair, transparent, consistent and explained clearly.
The standards 2 and 5 that they then refer to are:
Standard 2: the organisation demonstrates that it is committed to protecting the public and promoting public confidence in the occupation it registers.
The organisation will need to demonstrate that its purpose and directives are focused on public protection. Additionally, the organisation will need to show that in carrying out its voluntary register functions public interest is paramount and that professional interests do not dominate or unintentionally subvert that interest. Evidence of this might include board or committee discussions where issues have been debated and conflicts of interest identified or the ethical interests of parties weighed in the balance; decisions made about admittance to the register where the documented rationale shows due consideration of public protection; outcomes of complaints; particularities of governance arrangements.
Standard 5: the organisation demonstrates that it has the capacity to inspire confidence in its ability to manage the register effectively.
Factors the Professional Standards Authority will take into account include the organisation’s leadership, its reputation within and outside its field, the skills and experience of those involved in its voluntary register functions, its operational efficiency and its openness.
This is worrying news, particularly to UKCP registrants who may be concerned about their accreditation being at risk. Let’s see what happens after the January 5th deadline.