Special Edition: NCS Accredited Register Programme
This week we have a special episode of the Counselling Tutor Podcast with Rory speaking to Meg Moss, head of policy and public affairs at the National Counselling Society (NCS) – soon to be the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society.
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Listen as Rory and Meg discuss the NCS Accredited Register Programme:
- The programme was set up in 2012 by the Department of Health (now the Department of Health and Social Care).
- It was set up to provide protection around services related to health care such as counselling, psychotherapy, acupuncture, etc.
- The programme was administered by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
- Counselling is not a regulated profession/protected title.
- The PSA looks at public safety in relation to standards of training and practitioners - it’s about safety and transparency.
- Within the NCS Accredited Register Programme, you can trust the complaints process has been under the scrutiny of the PSA and complaints are handled properly and reviewed annually.
- Robust level of oversight – extra safety and security.
- Practitioners who have had a complaint held against them and been sanctioned and removed from an accredited register, can’t simply rejoin or ‘hop’ to a new accredited register.
- This allows the public to feel more assured when choosing a practitioner from the accredited register.
What are some of the benefits of the NCS Accredited Register Programme?
- You can be assured by the knowledge that the society/ethical body you’re with is held to meet certain standards – the management of the register is checked regularly.
- As a counsellor, you’ll know you’ve met the standards necessary to be on the register, and you can share this with clients and prospective clients.
- Because the register is required to meet high standards, it will offer improved quality.
- You know that complaints will be dealt with fairly and thoroughly – support is also offered to the counsellor.