Our Role in Professional Regulation

PTUK Management:    

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 sustainability.  

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: contacts@apac.org.uk  

PTUK Policy on publication of our Executive Board agenda and minutes

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.

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