Are you a member yet? Membership is open to all and is the first step towards accreditation.
Therapists can work entirely privately or alongside an employed practice.
The BABCP Independent Practitioner
SIG (Special Interest Group)
can offer specialised support with starting your own practice
There are no BABCP or legal requirements to prevent PWPs having an independent practice, however if you are still employment you should check with your trust that it doesn't breach your terms of contract. NHS England doesn't support PWPs working privately as they are only qualified to work within an integrated system of stepped care.
You should ensure that you always work within our Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics [PDF].
These pointers have been provided by our Independent Practitioner Special Interest Group.
You might find it helpful to join the SIG, attend their workshops and consult them for further
guidance on any of these questions at