Our Role in Professional Regulation
The Executive Board
PTUK follows the principles of a Community Interest Company
(CIC), being a business with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are
reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community, rather than
being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners.
It was decided, at the time of formation, that strong
leadership, unencumbered by unnecessary layers of management and committees,
was required to build the organisation from scratch. This has been achieved through the Executive
Board of two Directors, Monika Jephcott and Jeff Thomas, who founded the
organisation. This structure provides
the public and its members with confidence that the organisation can respond
quickly to events making fast but informed decisions.
PTUK is still a relatively young and small organization in
an emergent profession. For this reason
we need to keep decision taking streamlined and flexible whilst maintaining
good corporate and clinical governance which assures the public that each of
our Registrants’ work is measured.
Any major changes of policies or standards proposed by the
Executive Board are put to members at our annual conference and/or by means of
a referendum to obtain a majority approval.
They are also scrutinised by the British
Council for Therapeutic Interventions With Children.
This policy has been effective, witness our growth of
membership, influence and the number of successful innovations. (First therapy
profession to: introduce competencies as a basis of training and practice; to create
a demand model to assist the efficient allocation of resources; first to require outcome measures from
practitioners for clinical governance to assure quality; first to manage a
continuous national programme evaluation to demonstrate the effectiveness of
play therapy to commissioners and funders of services). It gives us the agility
to adapt to the fast pace of change in developments in areas such as
neurobiology, genetics and information technology and at the same time ensures
Avoiding Conflicts of Interest
Monika and Jeff are also Directors of the Academy of Play
and Child Psychotherapy (APAC), whose training course are accredited by PTUK.
To avoid any conflicts of interest in this area PTUK decisions impacting upon
APAC are referred to an independent organisation, the British Council for Therapeutic
Interventions With Children for approval.
PTUK also has a code of practice for declaring and resolving
conflicts of interest which may be obtained on request from: firstname.lastname@example.org
PTUK Policy on publication of our Executive Board agenda and
We make our agenda available so that registrants and any UK
resident may suggest items for consideration by the Board. Registrants may
attend as observers of the discussion of non-confidential items provided that
they submit a request at least 14 days in advance of the meeting and with any
points that they would like raised.
In publishing the minutes, we sometimes have to redact (i.e.
“blank out” or edit) some items, which are considered private or commercially
confidential. Typical reasons are: confidential issues relating to a client or
registrant; detailed financial and budget data; information relating to
strategy, policies and plans where publication would put PTUK at a disadvantage
vis a vis our competitors or lead to the undermining of our activities.