Practice guidelines & policy documents

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Please note: All documents below are PDF.

Assessment of Effort in Clinical Testing of Cognitive Functioning for Adults 

Description: This document is for professional psychologists who are trained in clinical assessment of cognitive function in adults.
Author: Professional Practice Board
Publication date: 2009
Size: 149KB; 27 pages
Cost: FREE

Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Guidance for Chartered Psychologists Working with Children and Young People 

Description: Outlines the professional practice framework for all Chartered Psychologists working with children and young people up to the age of 19 years.
Author: Professional Practice Board
Publication date: 2006
Size: 66KB; 6 pages
Cost: FREE

Audit Tool for Mental Capacity Assessments

Description:  Aims to set standards, guide and enhance practice within professions and organisations in assessing mental capacity. It builds on the earlier guidance published by the Society to promote awareness and good practice in the assessment of capacity in adults.
Author: Professional Practice Board and Social Care Institute for Excellence
Publication date: 2010
Size: 401KB; 29 pages
Cost: FREE

Challenging Behaviour:
A Unified Approach
 

Description: Clinical and service guidelines for supporting people with learning disabilities who are at risk of receiving abusive or restrictive practices.
Author: Royal College of Psychiatrists, British Psychological Society and Royal College of Speech and Language Therapist
Publication date: 2007
Size: 493KB; 79 pages
Cost: FREE

Child Protection Position Paper (2nd edition)

Description: Safeguarding children and young people from abuse, harm and neglect – the responsibilities of Chartered Psychologists.
Author: Professional Practice Board
Publication date: 2014
Size: 180KB; 23 pages
Cost: FREE

Psychology Concise Guide for Stroke Description: This concise guide contains selected recommendations from the National Clinical Guideline for Stroke, 3rd Edition.
Author: Royal College of Physicians
Publication date: 2008
Size: 59KB; 4 pages
Cost: FREE

Connecting Communities: A New Horizons Strategy for Local Well-being Service Networks - Discussion Paper 

Description: Provides a detailed explanation of the proposed Connecting Communities model.
Author: Dr John Hanna
Publication date: 2009
Size: 163KB; 12 pages
Cost: FREE

Database of Disaster Resources 

Description: Helps psychologists gain access to relevant resources in their work with those psychologically affected by disasters and other major incidents.
Author: Disasters, Crisis and Trauma Working Party
Publication date: 2008
Size: 87KB; 18 pages
Cost: FREE

Generic Professional Practice Guidelines, 2nd Edition 

Description: Defines good psychological practice for all psychologists and provides guidance on legal and regulatory issues.
Author: Professional Practice Board
Publication date: 2008
Size: 332KB; 40 pages
Cost: FREE

Guidelines and Literature Review for Psychologists Working Therapeutically with Sexual and Gender Minority Clients

Description: Guidance for applied psychologists in their work with sexual and gender minority clients.
Author: Professional Practice Board
Publication date: 2012
Size: 362KB; 100 pages
Cost: FREE to members and concessions. £4.80 to non members.

Guidelines on the use of Electronic Health Records

Description: The guidance discusses the professional, ethical and legal responsibilities of members contributing to electronic health records which are being implemented in the NHS and other organisations. 
Author: Professional Practice Board
Publication date: 2011
Size: 175kb; 12 pages
Cost: FREE

Mental Capacity Act 2005: Short Reference Guide for Psychologists and Psychiatrists Description: A summary of the main points of the Mental Capacity Act (2005) intended as a brief guide to implementation for clinicians.
Author: The BPS, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Department of Health
Publication date: 2007
Size: 112KB; 2 pages
Cost: FREE

Obesity in the UK: A psychological perspective

Description: Good practice guidelines related to physical activity, weight-loss surgery, pharmological interventions, applied psychology and obesity management and psychological interventions.
Author: Professional Practice Board
Publication date: 2011
Size: 489.6KB; 84 pages
Cost:FREE

Polygraphic Deception Detection - A Review of the Current Scientific Status and Fields of Application 

Description: A review of the current scientific status and fields of application of polygraphic lie detection.
Author: Professional Practice Board
Publication date: 2004
Size: 115KB; 31 pages
Cost: FREE

Psychological Health and Well-being: A New Ethos for Mental Health 

Description: The National Service Framework for Mental Health (NSF, Department of Health, 1999) outlined a clear and positive framework for the provision of mental health care. This document considers what a new service framework should contain.
Author: Working Group on Psychological Health and Well-Being
Publication date: 2009
Size: 167KB; 34 pages
Cost: FREE

Psychological Services for People with Parkinson’s Disease 

Description: Parkinson’s disease (PD) affects thousands of people in the UK; the impact of the condition on individuals and their families can be devastating.
Author: Professional Practice Board
Publication date: 2009
Size: 156KB; 22 pages
Cost: FREE

Socially Inclusive Practice discussion paper

Description: Discusses some of the activities and processes required to support the integration of people with mental health problems as fully contributing and valued citizens.
Author: Professional Practice Board
Publication date: 2008
Size: 152KB; 26 pages
Cost: FREE

The Provision of Psychological Services via the Internet and Other Non-direct Means

Description: Highlights recent changes in information and communication technologies and the implications for ethical practice in delivering psychology services over the internet and mobile telephone networks.
Author: Professional Practice Board
Publication date: 2009
Size: 163KB; 13 pages
Cost: FREE

For the NICE guidelines visit National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence.

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