Dear Colleague,

Email sent on behalf of Clare Baguley Co-Chair & Programme Manager PPN North West & Gita Bhutani Co-Chair National & PPN North West & National PPN National Development Lead Psychological Professions Network.


Call for Expressions of Interest: Advanced Clinical Practice - Psychological Professions Independent Portfolio Route Feasibility Study - Closing Date extended to cop 1st June 2021.

The Psychological Professions Network North West (PPN NW) is working with Health Education England (HEE) as part of the national Advanced Practice Programme (the Centre) to examine how non-registered psychological professions can be enabled to take up the opportunity of achieving Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) status. 

Expressions of interest are invited from the following Psychological Professions:

  • Psychological Therapists, Psychotherapists & Counsellors:  i.e. Cognitive Behavioural Therapists / Counsellors / Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists / Adult Psychotherapists / Systemic Family Therapists
  • Psychological Practitioners: i.e. Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners / Childrens Wellbeing Practitioners / Education Mental Health Practitioners

What is Advanced Clinical Practice?

Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACPs) are registered healthcare professionals, educated to Master’s level or equivalent, that are deployed across all healthcare settings and work at a level of advanced clinical practice that pulls together the four ACP pillars of clinical practice, leadership and management, education and research.  A number of Psychological Professions (PPs); including Cognitive Behaviour Therapists, Counsellors, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapists, Adult Psychotherapists, have been identified as being excluded from applying for ACP standing as they are not subject to statutory regulation under one of the 8 regulatory bodies for health care, whilst in all other respects they may meet the criteria for advanced clinical practice and are on a professional register accredited by a The Professional Standards Authority where this is available.

In recognition of this issue, the Centre is working in collaboration with the PPN to extend the Independent Portfolio Route (IPR) feasibility study and are inviting a small cohort of individuals from the psychological professions to join the study in order to explore the validity of IPR in the context of non-statutory regulated professions.

  • The deadline for expressions of interest is cop 1st June 2021.
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