The HCPC set up a working group of stakeholders, known as a Professional Liaison Group or ‘PLG’ to consider and make recommendations to the Council about how psychotherapists and counsellors might be regulated, in light of the statements made in the whitepaper.
The HPC held a public consultation on the PLG recommendations, which ran for three months in 2009. Following the consultation, the PLG was reconvened and had its last meeting on 2 February 2011.
In February 2011, the Government published a Command Paper entitled Enabling Excellence, which sets out the Government’s policy on professional regulation. The paper outlines a system of ‘assured voluntary registration’ and says that in the future statutory regulation will only be considered where there is a ‘compelling case’ and where ‘voluntary registers are not considered sufficient to manage this risk’.
In mid-February, the HCPC’s Chief Executive wrote to Anne Milton MP, Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Public Health, seeking clarification of the coalition government’s policy on the statutory regulation of psychotherapists and counsellors.
At its meeting on 31 March 2011 the Council discussed the response received from Anne Milton MP. The letter said: ‘…it is not currently our intention to proceed with statutory regulation of psychotherapists and counsellors’ but that the Government would ‘keep this under review in light of the experience of assured voluntary registration’.
Psychotherapists and counsellors professional liaison group
These meetings will be held in public, with seating for a maximum of 20 people in the public gallery. Organisations or individuals with an interest in sitting in the public gallery should contact the secretary to the group by e-mail (details below). Due to the expected level of interest, each organisation should send only one person to sit in the public gallery. Anyone wishing to sit in the public gallery should also read the document below.
Please see the list below for membership of the group.