Grandparenting for practitioner psychologists is ending soon

Our members are encouraged to note that grandparenting for practitioner psychologists is ending soon.

Anyone currently practising and using one of the following titles should register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) right away:

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Counselling Psychologist
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Health Psychologist
  • Occupational Psychologist
  • Sport and Exercise Psychologist
  • Registered Psychologist
  • Practitioner Psychologist

The deadline for submission of applications is 30 June 2012.

From 1 July 2012 these titles will be legally protected. Anyone using them must be registered or they will be committing a criminal offence.

Questions about grandparenting:


What is grandparenting?

Grandparenting is a transitional process. It refers to the process for people who practised as a psychologist before the HCPC Register opened, who do not hold an approved qualification, but apply for registration with the HPC. They would need to be eligible in order for their application to be successful.

The grandparenting arrangements enable individuals who were not on the relevant BPS or AEP registers which transferred to the HCPC - and do not hold an approved qualification but were practising before the HCPC Register opened - to apply for registration.

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How does it affect non-HCPC registered Society members?

At the end of the grandparenting period, the only route on to the Register for UK-trained individuals will be via an approved course. Any Society Members who qualified for Chartered Membership/Full Division Membership via historic Society ‘grand-parenting routes’ will find that the current flexibility adopted by the HCPC will no longer be available after the 30 June 2012 deadline.

Members are reminded that psychologists who practise or wish to practise under any of the nine titles now protected by the HCPC must be registered with the HCPC.

Those Members that the Society automatically transferred to the HCPC’s Register in July 2009, but have since not renewed their registration are not directly affected by the closure of the grandparenting route. 

Members who have previously been registered with the HCPC and need to renew their registration may do so via the criteria for re-admission.

Should you have any queries regarding entry onto the HCPC’s register or the application process, please visit the HCPC website or contact the HCPC directly at +44(0)845 300 4472.

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How does it affect HCPC registered Society members?

It doesn’t. If you are currently registered with the HCPC then you can carry on using the titles that they have granted you. And if your registration ceases, for example, because you take a career break, you should be able to apply for re-admission as and when you need it. 

You can find the criteria for re-admission at the HCPC re-admission webpages

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New HCPC telephone numbers

From Monday 27 February 2012 the HPC will be changing its telephone numbers.

New reception number: +44 (0)845 300 6184

New Registration Department number: +44(0)845 300 4472

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