Practice Policy 8: 5 Yearly Re-accreditation Policy and Procedure

Introduction

This CSRP Policy is in accordance with the UKCP 5 Yearly re-accreditation Policy August 2014. The purposes of re-accreditation are:

1) to underpin and promote reflective and informed practice and continuing professional development

2) As a result, to underpin and support best practice in a way that is beneficial to both practitioners and service users.

This Statement sets out our policy for Re-accreditation of any practitioner belonging to the CSRP.

All Sexual and Relationship Psychotherapists and Psychosexual Counsellors who are accredited members of COSRT are subject to an annual licensing process by our sole organisational member, COSRT. This requires confirmation of supervision at the required levels, assurance of maintenance of CPD, adherence to the Codes of Ethics and Practice of COSRT, and that there are no outstanding complaints or sanctions against them. Direct Members are not subject to the same annual licensing at present.

In addition to the annual licensing for COSRT members, a five yearly re-accreditation scheme must be in place for all members of CSRP, and this will require evidence of all the above, including insurance cover and attendance certificates for CPD activities. We believe that submission of documents and “a reflective process” are insufficient to evidence proficiency as a Sexual and Relationship Psychotherapist or Psychosexual Counsellor, and that clients’ satisfaction needs to be included along with face to face peer review. (These last 2 elements will be discussed with the membership as a whole, and as yet have not been agreed, so at present they are not a required part of the re-accreditation process. Members who can show confidential evidence of clients’ satisfaction are encouraged to do so.)

Evidence required

  1. Confirmation of a minimum of 100 hours clinical work per year, and record of supervision in accordance with the CSRP Supervision Practice Policy.
  2. List of all CPD meetings, conferences, seminars, with copies of attendance certificates where possible, and reflections of learning and any changes to practice as a result of the CPD.
  3. Record of private study, book or journal clubs relevant to practice, any other activities that enhance professional effectiveness.
  4. Record of organisational work, teaching, lecturing, training undertaken/given.
  5. Copy of professional indemnity insurance cover.
  6. Declaration of adherence to the Code of Ethics and Practice of their organisational member and of CSRP and that no complaints or sanctions are outstanding.

NB. Members must show that their practice and CPD reflects the Diversity and Equality Policy of UKCP. This will include such things as demonstrating an understanding of power, prejudice and the impact of oppression, and the needs of the diverse group of clients with whom they work. A statement of not more than 250 words, in addition to the CPD reflections above, is requested for this purpose.

Other points for consideration

This process must be undertaken once every five years, although individuals may opt for parts of it more frequently.

Sexual and Relationship Psychotherapists and Psychosexual Counsellors will need to keep a journal or log book of all relevant activities in order to be able to provide the above required evidence.

The submissions will be assessed by a number of psychotherapists who have volunteered for the role of peer assessor and have had induction as to what is required. Successful submissions will then be endorsed by a COSRT Assessor, as COSRT is the organisational member through which re-accreditation is conducted. All members will pay a fee to COSRT for this assessment and endorsement.

A moderation process will also be installed to ensure a consistent level of assessment across all peer assessors.

Invoking the Procedure

The College Chair or representative notifies the Member when re-accreditation is due. The Member should submit their reaccreditation documents, together with the appropriate re-accreditation fee, to COSRT within six weeks of the initial request from CSRP. If there are specific difficulties that make that time frame difficult the Member should contact CSRP as soon as possible so that a way forward can be agreed. this is when an applicant is unable to meet the full criteria due to exceptional circumstances such as illness, pregnancy or bereavement etc.

COSRT will respond within six weeks of receiving the member’s submission.

If further information is required, the member will have four weeks to submit this. COSRT will respond to the re-submission within four weeks.

If reaccreditation is successful a certificate will be issued with the date of the next reaccreditation.

Failure to meet requirements or to respond to requests will lead to a referral to the UKCP Registrar. (see below) COSRT implements the re-accreditation procedure when requested by the representative of CSRP, and informs the member, CSRP and UKCP, when it has been completed.

Appeals

If an application for re-accreditation is not successful, the member may appeal on the grounds that correct procedure has not been followed. The member should write to the Vice Chair of CSRP within 3 months of notification, outlining the reasons for appeal.

If the appeal is not upheld by CSRP and the member remains unsatisfied, they may then appeal to UKCP by contacting the UKCP membership committee and implementing their referral process below.

Referral to the UKCP Membership Committee

Any Registrant who is deemed, by a College or COSRT, to fall short of requirements or who has not responded to the required requests and deadlines, will be referred to the UKCP Registrar. When referring a matter to the Registrar CSRP will list all steps that have been undertaken to obtain the necessary information, including the relevant dates.

If the Registrar concludes that the CSRP process has been exhausted, the Registrar will refer the matter to the Membership Committee and inform the registrant and the CSRP.

On receipt of the referral the Membership Committee will inform the registrant in writing of the date on which the Membership Committee will consider the matter, and offer the opportunity for the registrant to provide a written response in time for the meeting.

The Membership Committee will co-opt a member of CSRP who has not been directly involved in the re-accreditation process of the referred registrant. The co-opted member will act in an advisory capacity in relation to the CSRP’s reaccreditation policy.

The Membership Committee will decide whether the person has failed the reaccreditation process.

The Membership Committee will notify the registrant and UKCP’s Registrar of its decision. If the Membership Committee decides that the registrant has not undertaken reaccreditation in a satisfactory manner the Membership Committee will decide to:

suspend the individual’s registration pending specified action by the registrant to address concerns*; or remove the individual’s registration and require the completion of a full re-registration/re-accreditation process.

*The Membership Committee will specify a time period for the suspension along with details of what action is required on the registrant’s part. A time limit will be set for achieving this and the matter will be referred back to the College to monitor.

The decision of the membership committee is final.