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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.
|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.
|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.
A Unified Approach
Description: Clinical and service guidelines for supporting people with learning disabilities who are at risk of receiving abusive or restrictive practices.
|Child Protection Position Paper (2nd edition)|
Description: Safeguarding children and young people from abuse, harm and neglect – the responsibilities of Chartered Psychologists.
|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
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.
|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.
|Generic Professional Practice Guidelines, 2nd Edition|
Description: Defines good psychological practice for all psychologists and provides guidance on legal and regulatory issues.
Description: Guidance for applied psychologists in their work with sexual and gender minority clients.
|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.
|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
Description: Good practice guidelines related to physical activity, weight-loss surgery, pharmological interventions, applied psychology and obesity management and psychological interventions.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
For the NICE guidelines visit National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence.