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The Wider Psychological Workforce Register is a voluntary register for a number of psychological practitioner roles that are not regulated by law.
Individual registration provides a recognised framework that demonstrates registered practitioners have the necessary knowledge, skills and competence to practise.
It provides employers and the public assurance that competency, safe practise and high standards are maintained through a code of practise, continuing professional development and supervision requirements to maintain registration.
As part of the registration process applicants are required to read and agree to abide by the Fitness to Practise Framework.
They will also be expected to meet the necessary training and employment requirements for the role they are registering with and provide evidence that they are operating within the scope of practise for the role.
There are a number of roles on the register, these include:
Wellbeing Practitioner roles:
Associate Psychology roles:
Find out more about registration of these psychological practitioner roles across the four nations and our work with NHS England and the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) on the registration scheme for Wellbeing Practitioner roles.
To be eligible to join the register you need to be a BPS Member or Affiliate Subscriber (find out more about membership).
You will then need to meet the requirements listed for the specific role you would like to register for.
If you have any questions about the Wider Psychological Workforce Register please contact the Membership & Customer service Team on 0116 254 9568 or via email at [email protected]
Completion of a BPS accredited PWP training programme (search our list of accredited PWP programmes).
Confirmation of current employment in a specified system of care. In order to meet requirements for individual registration, PWPs will operate within a clearly identified stepped-care pathway such as an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service returning data to NHS Digital in England. This means that the service within which they work will allow seamless stepping-up and stepping-down of treatment. Registrants will be delivering evidence-based interventions across the adult age span, working with common mental health problems and long term physical health problems with a psychological component. They must be receiving case and clinical supervision for their work. They will also use routine outcome measures. This will be evidenced through the provision of a supervisor reference.
Six months experience of working within the specified system of care that ensures the right pathways of referral on/stepping up in a stepped-care pathway and good clinical governance. The six months can include time spent working as a trainee.
A registrant will either register as a CAAP-Child (working with children and young people as their specified client group), or a CAAP-Adult (working with adults as their specified client group), depending upon the training they have undertaken.
The requirements to register as a CAAP are:
Completion of a BPS accredited CAAP training programme (search our list of accredited CAAP programmes).
Confirmation of current employment as a CAAP. In order to meet requirements for individual registration, CAAPs will work with specific or particular client groups delivering psychological assessments, formulations, interventions, evaluation and research within their scope of practise. CAAPs work is limited to a defined range and severity of problems experienced by a particular client group, and will be carried out with the support and under the supervision. Clinical supervision of CAAPs is provided by clinical psychologists or in circumstances judged appropriate by the Health Board Professional Lead for Psychology, may be delegated to other applied psychologists or CAAPS with two years post qualification experience and the relevant supervision training (NES Training in Generic Supervision Competences for Psychological Therapies NES:GSC is required).
Six months experience working as a CAAP and with the population you have trained to work with. This six months can include time spent working as a trainee.
To apply complete the online application form along with the payment of a non-refundable application assessment fee of £27.
If you meet all the requirements for registration and your application is successful you will need to pay a registration fee to appear on the register.
The cost of registration is £50 for Wellbeing Practitioner roles (PWP, CWP and EMHP) and £62 for Associate Psychology roles (CAAP and CAP).
Once your application is approved and you have paid your registration fee you will appear on the register so that members of the public or employers can search to see if you are listed on the register.
The register will display your name, unique register ID, registered role and location of your employing organisation
To remain on the register you will need to pay the registration fee annually, which you’ll be invoiced for each year around the anniversary of your joining.
The registration fee is £50 for Wellbeing Practitioner roles (PWP, CWP and EMHP) and £62 for Associate Psychology roles (CAAP and CAP).
You will also need to meet the required supervision and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities for your role.
You can record your supervision and CPD activities on the MyCPD platform which is available to all members and can be found under your account profile on the BPS website.
A supervision and CPD audit will take place every two years. This audit will be on approximately 5% of individuals or 20 registrants, whichever is greater, on the register for each role.
Those selected for audit will be contacted via email with further information on the submission requirements.
You will receive a reminder three months before your registration is due for renewal and will have three months to make the payment to continue your registration. If we do not receive your renewal payment your registration will lapse and you will no longer appear on the register.
By paying your registration fee you confirm that you continue to meet the requirements to be registered with the role and continue to abide by and operate within the Fitness to Practise Framework for the Wider Psychological Workforce Register.
If you need to take a Leave of Absence please download and complete the Leave of Absence Form.
The society seeks to deliver the best possible service to its members and the public.
In doing so we intend to consider fairly all complaints received about our members, products and services, including our staff and volunteers acting on behalf of the BPS, in an open and transparent way.
For the Wider Psychological Workforce Register, the society will investigate issues relating to the fitness to practise of registrants in line with its objectives of maintain public protection.
The Complaints Procedure: Guidance for registrants provides further information about how the BPS manages fitness to practise complaints concerning registrants.
If you can’t find what you need, please contact the Complaints Team by emailing us at [email protected] or phoning us on 0116 252 9919.