Panel members play a vital role in the work of BACP Professional Conduct, protecting the public and maintaining high professional standards by counsellors and psychotherapists.

We’re looking for practitioners, who are current members of BACP, to become panel members. We also need lay panel members who have no professional association with counselling and psychotherapy. 

Panel members must be able to demonstrate integrity and reach considered and unbiased decisions affecting other people. If appointed, you'll sit with other registered and lay members, making decisions that have important consequences for those involved. You'll need to be able to consider evidence with an open mind, read through often long and detailed documents, work collaboratively with others and communicate clearly.

Training will be given and you will have the opportunity to shadow experienced panel members before formally taking on the role.

Panel members are appointed on a contract for service basis, initially for three years. Fees vary according to the various types of hearing, up to £225 for a full day hearing. We also pay reasonable expenses. The number of days required varies according to case numbers and panelist availability, so we cannot guarantee a minimum number of days. 

Panels are currently meeting by Microsoft Teams but we expect that later this year, and in the future cases will be heard by a mix of Teams and physical meetings. Physical hearings usually take place at our offices in Lutterworth or at nearby premises, but are occasionally held at other UK locations.

How to apply

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Please return your complete application form by email to contracting@bacp.co.uk. We cannot accept CVs.

The deadline for applications is 22 April 2021, with interviews held via Microsoft Teams between 19 and 28 May 2021.

If you have any queries relating to the role, please contact Claire Needham at claire.needham@bacp.co.uk.