ACP-UK Interim Committee in action in Birmingham, June 29th 2018

Our Vision

To be a strong voice for clinical psychologists in the UK

Our Mission

To act for the good of our clients and communities by promoting, publicising, supporting and developing clinical psychologists

Our Values

We aim to be Bold, Ethical and Member-led. This means that we will:

  • Act resolutely, offering leadership to clinical psychologists and speaking out on behalf of our members
  • Act with integrity for the benefit of our clients and communities, promoting clinical psychology and standing up to prevent its misuse
  • Be accountable to our members, responsive and transparent in our communications, and guided by their concerns

Why are we here?

All professions need professional representation if they want to influence the shape of services and their role within such services. Service users, the public, managers and policy makers do not simply and automatically accept that clinical psychologists have relevance to health and social care. Clinical psychologists need a voice at national and local level to explain and publicise the contribution and potential of the profession and its benefits for service users, multi-disciplinary teams, carers and healthcare organisations.

As healthcare provision continues to become increasingly fragmented and professionally isolating, we aim to provide professional support to clinical psychologists at the coal face. A clear and high profile national voice for clinical psychology has been lacking for many years, whilst a medical discourse tends to dominate national, societal and healthcare narratives. The ACP-UK aims to provide that national psychological voice and to promote not only the discipline but most importantly the profession of clinical psychology.

Where are we going?

Cochrane reviews and NICE recommendations for common mental and physical health problems have increasingly identified the efficacy of psychological interventions devised and delivered by clinical psychologists. These findings have not been reflected in the political landscape of healthcare, with clinical psychology often included as an afterthought (if at all) in both national and local discourses. The ACP-UK is working for a future in which clinical psychologists have a much greater influence over the nature, management and organisation of psychological aspects of health and social care than hitherto.

Arabella Kurtz, Director of Operations, and
Ruth Stocks, Director for Scotland