Change from Reaccreditation to
Maintaining Quality and Standards of Practice

Please be aware that BABCP is currently changing from a process of reaccreditation to a new methodology for Maintaining Quality and Standards of Practice (MQSP).

There is an immediate cessation of the existing reaccreditation process. As such, we will no longer be able to accept applications for reaccreditation as Practitioner, Trainer and Supervisor. Members who are due to reaccredit from today, up to 31 May 2017 will remain accredited and on the register until the implementation of the MQSP. Members will be notified of their due date (their annual accreditation date) falling after 31 May 2017.

Examples

Due to some feedback from members who are unsure of what to do in the new process the following examples are provided:

1. If you were due to re-accredit between now and 31 May 2017, you will have nothing to do until your due date next comes round in early 2018.
Then you will be invited in advance – to go online and sign the declaration.

2. If you were due to re-accredit after 31 May in second half of 2017 – e.g. September 2017, you will receive an invitation some weeks in advance - to go online and sign the declaration in e.g. September 2017.

3. If you were due to re-accredit in the second half of 2018 or later, under the old system- then you will need to sign the declaration in 2017 on your annual date (if it is after 31 May). You will be invited in advance to do this.

NB In all three cases, you won’t need to submit anything unless selected for random audit, at the earliest a year later. In the meantime, we recommend you continue to record your CPD and supervision for your own reference only on the current forms. Updated forms will be available in 31 May. Members will only be asked for 12 months of records at audit.

4. Some members have received letters stating they would have been due to re-accredit before 31 May 2017, even though the anniversary of their last accreditation/re-accreditation is not until later this year.

We apologise-this wording was confusing.

If this does apply to you, please disregard the letter and refer to guidance 2 above.

If you received the letter and your re-accreditation date was before 31 May 2017, please refer to guidance 1 above.

FAQs concerning change from Reaccreditation to Maintaining Quality and Standards of Practice

I am writing to you on behalf of the Board to provide further background on the planned changes from reaccreditation to a new methodology for Maintaining Quality and Standards of Practice (MQSP) announced in the recent article in CBT today. [President's message]

The change places the onus of responsibility for Maintaining Quality and Standards of Practice on the practitioner thereby making them more self-accountable for their practice.

This document aims to address various questions that are likely to be frequently asked. This list will also be available online at www.babcp.com and will be updated from time to time as other common queries become apparent.

About accreditation

• What is happening to Accreditation?

There is no change at all to the process of accreditation. It is only the process for reaccreditation that is changing to Maintaining Quality and Standards of Practice.

• I am wanting to apply for accreditation.

There is no change to the costs or process of accreditation – please apply in the usual way.

About the change from reaccreditation to MQSP

• What are the key changes in the reaccreditation process?

Self-declaration is simply that every accredited practitioner is saying that they are in good standing in terms of CPD and supervision. No paperwork needs to be submitted.

A move to a 12-monthly cycle for Maintaining Quality and Standards of Practice (from the current five years).

Online portals will be made available for members to record both supervision and continuing professional development.

Supervision can be by an accredited supervisor – or a supervisor trained and qualified to postgraduate level or equivalent in CBT; currently utilising CBT within their own practice; and in receipt of CBT specific supervision.

Supervision can be by phone, skype as well as face to face.

The same defined list of recommended supervision practice continues (e.g. live sampling), and practitioners should agree with their supervisors which elements are suitable for your practice. Some of the elements should be present.

The introduction of a quality audit of CPD and supervision for a significant number of people each year.

Overall the aim is to build on our robust procedures and enhance good practice. The 12-monthly cycle and increased audit will contribute to this.

• When will the changes start?

31 May 2017 – please note this is a change from that announced in BABCP Today. The added time is needed to make sure the online portals are available and all new processes are well-implemented.

• I have recently submitted my reaccreditation application

These applications will be processed as normal but certificates that will be issued will be valid only until 31 May 2017.

• What if I am coming up to re-accreditation between now and 31 May?

There is an immediate cessation of the existing reaccreditation process – with members remaining on the register until implementation of the MQSP. Members will be notified of their due date (their annual accreditation date) falling after 31 May 2017.

• What is the annual cost of reaccreditation?

We expect this will be less than £20 per year plus the current annual maintenance charge of £30. Detailed costing models are being currently created and we expect to confirm the fee well in advance of 31 May 2017.

• I have just paid the fee for re-accreditation and this covers five years. When will I next have to pay?

The five year fee is currently paid retrospectively. You will need to pay the annual accreditation fee (in advance) on the anniversary of your accreditation.

• Will I have to keep my online activity log up to date?

It is to be highly recommended that on-line records are kept but that it is entirely up to members how they fulfil MQSP so long as they can produce records if selected for quality audit - ie. key paperwork and supervision logs required to evidence your activity will need to be retained for use if you are audited (e.g. CPD attendance certificates).

• How often will I be audited?

It is important that the audit is robust enough to result in confirmation that accreditation can be maintained but also there is sufficient opportunity or chance that a member is audited in any particular year. Therefore, it is unlikely, but possible that you will be audited in consecutive years.

We hope the new self-regulated process of Maintaining Quality and standards of Practice will build on the high quality of our well-respected accreditation process. Employers, practitioners and the public value this clear statement of the training completed, and commitment to maintaining skills and knowledge through a self-maintained and robust process of supervision and CPD.

Thank you

Professor Chris Williams
President BABCP