The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is the leading professional body for the education, training, accreditation and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. As part of our commitment to work for public benefit, we strive to improve access to psychological therapies, support and disseminate research, improve standards and respond effectively to complaints against members. We also hold a national register of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors, listing those practitioner members who meet exacting standards and training requirements.  


About the role

Job Title: UKCP Ethics Committee Members
Salary: Positions are not remunerated but travel and other expenses are payable
Location: Central London

We’re now looking  for 2 lay members to join our Ethics Committee which oversees, reviews and maintains UKCP’s Ethical Principles, Code of Professional Conduct and associated policy, guidance and standards. The work of the Committee is significant in our field, as it consults and comments on ethical developments in the relevant professional areas and works to promote ethical practice through national conferences, seminars and workshops. The Committee also supports UKCP in responding to requests for an opinion on ethics and ethical considerations, including those to do with probity and legislation.  

The Committee has to consider, debate and address issues from a range of perspectives. We’re particularly interested in people who offer a background as a professional ethicist, philosophical background, psychology background, applied philosophy in practice, disability therapy, clinician or user of psychotherapy or psychotherapeutic counselling services.

We are particularly keen to recruit someone with a legal background or in the legal profession.

You may have other experience which is of value to the Committee in line with our broader requirements, but whatever your background and expertise, you’ll be well-informed, interested and engaged in the issues.

UKCP and its committees work in a complex, sometimes sensitive area. You’ll bring wisdom and perspective to the group and will demonstrate high analytical capacity, with the ability to explore and discuss complicated ethical and moral issues to arrive at a sound judgement. With outstanding interpersonal skills, you will be someone who performs at their best as part of a diverse and dynamic team. In return, these appointments offer an excellent opportunity to be part of a formidable new team working together to get to the heart of the matter.

Please click here to download the Committee terms of reference

Please click here to download a complete role description including person specification

How to apply

To apply please send your CV and covering letter explaining how you meet the personal specification, skills and competencies to [email protected]

Closing Date: Tuesday 31 October 2017
Successful interviewees will be notified by 10 November 2017
Interviews to take place on Friday 17 November 2017