Are You Fit to Practise? From Ethical Framework to Model of Good Behaviour – Programme

A one-day conference in association with The Academy of Psychoanalysis

Saturday 6th June 2009, 10am – 5pm

Room MAL BO4
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HX
Lunch & refreshments provided.


Before 15th May: £60 (non-members); £50 (members); £20 (trainees).
After 15th May: £70 (non-members); £60 (members); £30 (trainees).

Please send cheques (payable to ‘The College of Psychoanalysts – UK’) to:
The College of Psychoanalysts – UK, BCM Box 2629, London WC1N 3XX.

Enquiries: and

The Health Professions Council is moving to regulate the talking therapies in the UK. If this goes ahead, practitioners will be subject to its ‘fitness to practise’ policy and procedures. The HPC explains:

‘Fitness to practise involves more than just competence in a registrant’s chosen profession. When we say that registrants are fit to practise, we also mean that they have the health and character, as well as the necessary skills and knowledge, to do their job safely and effectively. We also mean that we trust our registrants to act legally. Our main responsibility is to protect the public… The type of complaints we can consider are about whether a registrant’s fitness to practise is ‘impaired’ (affected) by: their misconduct; their lack of competence; a conviction or caution for a criminal offence (or a finding of guilt by a court martial); their physical or mental health; and a determination (a decision reached) by another regulator responsible for healthcare. We can also consider allegations about whether an entry to the register has been made fraudulently or incorrectly. There is no time limit on considering complaints.’ (