PWP Update Statement

24 July 2017

As part of their work, the BABCP have recently taken the decision to cease the PWP accreditation process in its current form.

Individuals (less than 120) who are currently accredited as PWPs can if they choose to do so, retain that accreditation until it lapses.

The decision was taken to end the current PWP accreditation because the change of the PWP national curriculum made the current accreditation criteria outdated.

Further factors that informed the decision were;

  • The changes in commissioning and resultant increase in use of agencies and/or individuals attached to private sector agencies for delivery of low intensity interventions, and
  • The increasing diversity of settings in which PWP is now being delivered – meaning BABCP can no longer reliably state that PWP delivery is in the context of structured stepped care settings as originally intended.

This means BABCP have no way of reliably assessing this.

The BABCP are actively looking at introducing a reformed accreditation for Low Intensity Practitioners – rather than PWPs alone.

The BABCP Board will need to discuss and plan a way forward regarding this, but the idea of Low Intensity accreditation with relevance across the nations represented in BABCP is an important principle.

If that route is chosen it is likely to focus on the basic training plus the ongoing commitment to CPD and supervision, mirroring the successful format used in BABCP High Intensity (IAPT) that applies through the CBT Practitioner accreditation.

The BABCP Board have also recently approved a new Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Interventions Special Interest Group (SIG).

This replaces the disbanded PWP group that closed several years ago and a temporary committee is already in place and working hard to officially launch this group.

The first AGM of this group will be on Tuesday 5th September 2017 at the University of Sheffield, following the 2nd Northern PWP Conference and more details of both these events will be circulated soon.