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Guidance on the use of the title ‘Consultant Psychologist’

This document updates and replaces earlier guidance from the BPS and will be reviewed every five years

11 May 2023

BPS Guidance

By Practice Board

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance and advice to individual psychologists, and to those involved in the recruitment and employment of psychologists about the appropriate use of the title.

This guidance will be of value to (among others):

  • Employers who are considering whether a post should be described as a Consultant level position.
  • Those considering employing or commissioning services from someone who describes themselves with a Consultant title.
  • Individual psychologists who are considering applying for Consultant grade posts.
  • Individual psychologists who might wish to use the title to describe themselves to others, either colleagues, other organisations or the public.

For full details, please consult the PDF below:

Download the guideline