Chair of the Registration Advisory Panel

In 2021 the British Psychological Society launched a new voluntary register for certain roles within the psychological workforce currently without statutory or other registering bodies. This important work ensures that these roles (currently Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners with a view to expand to other roles) ensures public safety, registrant accountability and a framework of fitness to practice including handling and investigating complaints.

To ensure best practice and best governance and to meet the requirements of the Professional Standards Authority (the independent body who we have applied to for accredited register status), the British Psychological Society is establishing a Registration Advisory Panel and are therefore seeking a Chair of this Panel.  The Registration Advisory Panel is responsible for strategic oversight of the Wider Psychological Workforce Register and reports directly into the Board of Trustees with the following role and remit:

  • Provide assurance that competency, safe practice and high standards are maintained for the Wider Psychological Workforce Register and that the register continues to fulfil its objective of public protection.
  • Ensure that voluntary register functions are carried out fairly, effectively, proportionately and transparently and in line with the standards set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
  • Engage with relevant stakeholders and works in partnership with other bodies where appropriate to ensure registrants continue to meet the required standards for entry and maintenance on the Wider Psychological Workforce Register.

The panel aims to hold the society to account against standards set by the PSA and it’s own policies on areas such as complaints, register developments, audit and accountability and reporting.

The Chair of the Board will be a well-respected and experienced professional with a focus on regulatory compliance, complaints and appeals, fitness to practice or other related area.  Someone who is well aware of the challenges faced by registering or regulatory bodies across a relevant sector (inc. Health and Social Care, Regulation, Professional Body, Quality Assurance, Legal, Education and Training etc).  A strategic, considered and objective thinker that is able to quickly understand a complex and varied landscape of psychological practice across all four nations. An individual who is confident on holding the society to account and is comfortable in operating at a strategic level within a large and complex organisation.

The Chair will work closely with the CEO, Head of Legal and Governance and Chair of Practice Board and report to the Board of Trustees, playing a key part in the overall strategy and direction for this arm of the society activity. 

The closing date for applications is Friday September 09, 2022.

Interviews are expected to be held w/c 19 September.

How to apply

For further information, or to request a Statement of Interest form, please contact [email protected]

Interested parties are welcome to speak with Claire Tilley, Head of Workforce Education, Training and Standards at [email protected] or an informal discussion before they put forward their statement of interest. 

The BPS embraces diversity and values equal opportunities.  We are committed to building a Society that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills.  We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.