Introduction to the UK workforce for newly registered HCPC Clinical and Counselling Psychologists

23 November 20235:00pm - 6:30pm
  • Clinical
  • Counselling and psychotherapy
  • NHS
  • Work and occupational
Free to attend
A sign for an NHS trust, with Big Ben in the background.jpg
Online workshop
Division of Clinical Psychology
Division of Counselling Psychology

This event is aimed at overseas-trained psychologist recently registered with the HCPC, health and social care professionals, clinical psychologists, counselling psychologists, those working in the NHS, HCPC Overseas applicants.

The event will be held online, via Zoom, and is free to attend (registration required).

Attendees will learn about where Psychologists work in the NHS:

  • The range of work settings and specialty: Adult, Perinatal, Children, Learning Disability, Older people, Physical Health
  • Agenda for Change and job banding
  • The categories of work: face to face, consultation, research and audit, psychiatrists, social workers, Multidisciplinary Teams 
  • Job Planning
  • Supervision.
  • Experts by Experience / co-production.

The learning outcome of this event is to better understand the working environment and processes in the NHS and practising as a qualified practitioner psychologist in the UK.


The event will feature useful information on:

  • HCPC
  • Unite the Union
  • Work Context in the UK
  • BPS Membership
  • BPS Member Networks
  • BPS Practice Guidance
  • Your Professional Body
  • Benefits of BPS Membership

If you have any queries please contact [email protected].

Nigel Atter, British Psychological Society

Nigel has worked for the BPS for over 20 years.  He is a Policy Advisor working in the Society’s Policy Team supporting, amongst other things, the development of the Society’s Supervision Guidelines.  Nigel also has an important liaison function with the Health and Care Professions Council working with a wide range of HCPC colleagues.

Dr Khushi Haria, British Psychological Society - Executive Committee member for the Division of Counselling Psychology

Dr Haria is a Consultant Counselling Psychologist working in the NHS and also has a small private practice. Dr Haria has supported the Division of Counselling Psychology and the BPS for two years on several projects. She is also the lead for the Education and Training cluster for the Division of Counselling Psychology.

Dr Masrita Ishaq, British Psychological Society- Executive Committee member for the Division of Counselling Psychology (DCoP)

Dr Ishaq is a Principal Counselling Psychologist working in the NHS and has worked in independent practice and private hospitals. Dr Ishaq has supported DCoP since 2015 in various roles and is currently the Past Chair.

Professor Tony Lavender

Professor Tony Lavender’s training in Clinical Psychology was at the Institute of Psychiatry and Doctorate from Kings College London (1977-1979). He has played a leading role in workforce development nationally with the Department of Health, British Psychological Society, National Institute of Mental Health and NHS Digital. He has published extensively on services and therapies for people with psychosis and personality disorder, workforce planning, the history of clinical psychology and more recently anorexia.

He held roles as Dean of a large Faculty and then Pro-Vice Chancellor (covering research, internationalisation, sustainability and equality and diversity) at Canterbury Christ Church University. Prior to this he directed the Clinical Psychology Programme (at Salomons) for 21 years, most of this time employed within the NHS until the Programme moved into the University. He retired in December 2016 but continues, as an Emeritus Professor, to maintain an active involvement in reseach, mentoring, organisational consultancy, and workforce planning.

He is currently a member of the Division of Psychology (DCP) Executive and chairs the DCP Workforce and Training Group. He is a member of the BPS’s Practice Board and chairs the Practice Board’s HCPC Working Group. He is also a member of the NHSE/I/HEE National Psychological Professions Workforce Advisory Group.

Florence Milliken, Professional Liaison Consultant HCPC

Florence qualified as a physiotherapist from The University of Ulster at Jordanstown in 1995 and has worked in the NHS for most of her career.

Clinically, her speciality was in musculoskeletal health and Florence believes that, whilst good, up-to-date clinical knowledge and skills are vital, it is one’s attitude towards values, professionalism and accurate self-reflection as these skills are delivered that can bring both a deeper job satisfaction and excellent patient care.

Florence enjoys working as a Professional Liaison Consultant in the HCPC supporting registrants in Northern Ireland in achieving these goals.

You need to be logged in to book on to this event

BPS membership gives you access to a host of benefits:

  • Benefit 1
  • Benefit 2
  • Benefit 3
Create your portal account