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New guidance for psychological professionals during the Covid-19 pandemic

27 March 2020

The guidance, endorsed by the BPS and eight other professional bodies, says that redeployment of psychological professionals during the pandemic should not be premature, and must be managed in a way that minimises disruption to psychological therapy and treatment that is already underway.

The specific skills of psychological professionals should be taken into account if redeployment is necessary, potentially into areas such as providing psychological support to NHS staff.

These are key inclusions in the statement for psychological professionals, which sets out the principles we are all working to during the pandemic.

The BPS has endorsed the statement, alongside other organisations representing the psychological workforce and the National Psychological Professions Workforce Group

Psychological professionals will be key both in responding to the current crisis and making sure that people who need access to psychological treatment receive it.

It’s vital that services continue to provide essential and life-saving treatment, and this guidance covers the principles behind both maintaining services and managing redeployment if it is necessary.

The document covers five areas:

  • Keeping psychological services and psychological therapies services open through the immediate crisis
  • Maintaining psychological professions training programmes
  • Remote delivery of psychological therapies and interventions
  • Maintaining a psychological approach to prevention, care and treatment
  • Supporting the wellbeing of NHS organisations, teams and staff

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