Statutory Regulation latest update 14 August 2009
I have been asked by the President to issue further guidance regarding the Use of Title following statutory regulation. The guidance below has been developed in conjunction with the HPC, although both they and the Society wish to make it clear that as the designation 'Chartered Psychologist' belongs to the Society then advice around use of the designation is the advice of the Society rather than that of the HPC. I apologise if any of the previous advice on this matter has caused any confusion.
Director of Communications
The British Psychological Society
Further guidance on the 'Use of title
Further to the Society's official guidance sent out on 5 August on the 'Use of title' following Statutory Regulation many members have asked for more specific examples of what should be used.
The basic premise regarding usage is to not mix up titles that now 'belong' to two different organisations, therefore the Society's title is 'Chartered Psychologist', and the HPC titles are the seven domain titles (clinical psychologist, educational psychologist, counselling psychologist, occupational psychologist, forensic psychologist, health psychologist, sport and exercise psychologist) and the two generic titles (registered psychologist, practitioner psychologist). If you are, therefore, both Chartered (by the Society) and registered (with the Health Professions Council) then the titles should look like this:
Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) and
Clinical Psychologist and/or
Counselling Psychologist and/or
Educational Psychologist and/or
Health Psychologist and/or
Occupational Psychologist and/or
Forensic Psychologist and/or
Sport and Exercise Psychologist and/or
[(you may use combinations of the above seven domain titles if you are qualified in more than one area (e.g. Counselling Psychologist and Sport and Exercise Psychologist)].
In addition you may use the two generic titles:
Registered Psychologist, or
For example, a forensic psychologist who is a Chartered Member of the Society and registered with the HPC and could use any of the following:
- John Smith C Psychol, Forensic Psychologist, or
- John Smith, Chartered Psychologist and Forensic Psychologist, or
- John Smith, Chartered Psychologist and Registered (or Practitioner) Psychologist and Forensic Psychologist
A Chartered member who is qualified in more than one domain may use, in addition, more than one of the HPC titles in combination. For example:
- Jane Smith C Psychol, Occupational Psychologist and Health Psychologist
Just for completeness the HPC are happy for trainees on training routes approved by them to use: 'Trainee Counselling or (XXXX domain) Psychologist', or 'Counselling or (XXXX domain) Psychologist in Training'.
In addition to the above you may wish to add a formal job title (e.g. Consultant Clinical Psychologist; or Senior Educational Psychologist) which contains a protected title providing you are on the HPC Register. The HPC has informed us that they will be undertaking work with employers to raise awareness about the regulation of practitioner psychologists, including advising employers about the use of protected titles.
If you have any queries about the above guidance above please do not hesitate to contact the Society, and/or the HPC.
Statutory Regulation - President's Update - 5 August 2009
Use of adjectival titles - clarification
The Health Professions Council (HPC) have confirmed the legal position that the Society's 'adjectival titles' could only be used by those registered in the relevant domain on the HPC's Register. The HPC will make their own independent decisions based on their procedures concerning the admission of individuals to their Register and thus access to the protected titles.
The Society is no longer responsible for registration standards for practice, and therefore it is important that there should be no confusion between the functions and titles of the HPC and the Society. The Trustees and the Chairs of the relevant Society Divisions have agreed that retention of the adjectival titles could encourage confusion on the part of members of the public.
The titles, therefore, no longer perform their original function and the decision stands that 'Chartered Psychologist' (CPsychol) should be the sole title awarded to those with Chartered Membership of the Society, and therefore the title that Society 'Chartered' members should use.
The HPC's advice regarding use of their titles is very clear. HPC Registered Psychologists may use:
- Registered Psychologist
- Practitioner Psychologist
- XXXX (one of the seven protected titles) Psychologist