Collaborators win: Putting the State Wellbeing Strategy to work…..

by Julia Evans on February 8, 2011

I was sent the following documents, I thank the sender:


No Health without Mental Health: a cross Government mental health strategy for people of all ages.  A call to action. Department of Health, February 2011, Available here.

Talking therapies: A four-year plan of action?

A supporting document to No health without mental health: A cross-government mental health outcomes strategy for people of all ages. Department of Health, February 2011, Available at here.


NO HEALTH WITHOUT MENTAL HEALTH: Briefing for MHN Members – 2nd February 2011, Mental Health Network: NHS Confederation. This is probably available here.




And the winners are:  CBT-ers (Famous Five – see end note [i] ), the Art Therapists who are regulated by the HPC  and represented on its Council and PLG, British Psychological Society (Strong attachments to the Famous Five & HPC-collaborator – see endnote i) and Psychiatry – anyone with a medical qualification.  See the list of collaborators[ii] on the front page of ‘No Health without Mental Health’ and the list of signatories[iii].


The losers are: Anyone with Government-defined (NICE ) anxiety, depression, AHDH, BPD, and so on & anyone who practices CBT, within a relationship of trust and love, rather than imposes it, according to Government-supported mantra.


But let’s not worry about ethical practice, working within a relationship of trust and love, and so on – let us rejoice that the Government can boast of the size of its largesse and those who agree that wellbeing & mental health can be imposed as in HPO2001, are securely ensconced on the Government’s gravy train.


My thinking that this is a power stitch-up becomes increasingly clearer.  I do not think that Prof Fonagy (BPC & a member of many CON-sultative committees & academic), BACP, UKCP, CBT-ers, BPS and so on give up their time to attend meetings without good cause.  They are still fighting – see Denis’ notes from the last PLG[iv]  – for their slice.


So what are you going to do about this?


End of original circulation……. in February 2011


Supporting documents:




[i] Famous Five (after Enid Blyton’s heroes) refers to those collaborators who are helping to define the Health Professions Council’s (HPC’s) competences.  They act to protect their interests: supporting the enshrinement of practice in standards which are driven down using top-down control.  They are:

UKCP United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy,

BACP British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy,

BPC British Psychoanalytic Council,

CPCAB Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body is a UK awarding body that is managed by professional counsellors, trainers and supervisors. Now in their 16th year of operation, they are the only awarding body in Europe to specialise in the field of counselling. They are one of the largest awarding bodies in this field, with about 130 Recognised training centres across the UK (with some centres in other countries) and around 11,000 candidates registered with them annually.  All CPCAB qualifications have been updated and revised in 2010 to reflect the most recent research findings on the effectiveness of counselling and to anticipate the proposed requirements of statutory regulation.       and

BABCP   British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies is the lead organisation for cbt, the Government’s treatment of choice, in the UK.

BPS is the British Psychological Society.   The BPS is a founder member of the Psychological Professions Alliance Group (PPAG) members not currently registered with the HPC are: British Psychoanalytic Council, United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies. Members of the British Psychological Society are already regulated by the HPC. This group forms the dominant part of any CON-sultative group to S4H, IAPT, HPC, etc  They hold in common with the Government that it is possible to “safeguard health and wellbeing”  (See Health Professions Order 2001 – HPO2001)  An example of their key role in ensuring jobs for their members which also safeguards their future:

Minutes from the Health Professions Council (HPC)’s Psychotherapists and Counsellors Professional Liaison Group (PLG), 19 October 2010:

‘HPC information for the Psychological Professions Alliance Group (PPAG)

Executive summary and recommendations


At previous meetings, the group was informed that a group of professional bodies (‘The Psychological Professions Alliance Group’) had been undertaking work in an attempt to resolve the outstanding issues around the potential statutory regulation of psychotherapists and counsellors. A number of those professional bodies are represented at the PLG and therefore will be able to provide a more up-to-date picture of the genesis and outcomes of those discussions at the meeting.’

This I take to be clear evidence that they see themselves controlling all transmission and development of the talking therapies.  By their actions, anyone who wants to work for the NHS or organisations contracted to it, will have to pay them to be registered and will have to comply with their centrally imposed standards.

[ii] The British Association of Art Therapists and the British Psychological Society have both decided to become Government collaborators and are ruled by the Health Professions Council.  This means they no longer control training, entry criteria, ethics, competency, Clinical judgment, the day-to-day practice.  This is all governed by organisations set up and controlled by the Government:  NICE, Skills for Health, HPC ruled by Health Professions Order 2001 & the Privy Council,   The New Savoy Partnership is where they all hang out.

[iii] The mental health strategy and supporting documents can be found here

Key areas of action for mental health

Published February 2011

Signatories: Richard Webb, Joint Chair, Mental Health Network ADASS; Val Huet, Chief Executive Officer, British Association of Art Therapists; Faye Wilson, Deputy Chair, Mental Health Committee, British Association of Social Workers; John Hanna, Director, Policy Unit, Division of Clinical Psychology, British Psychological Society; Sean Duggan, joint Chief Executive, Centre for Mental Health; Dr Stephen Battersby, President, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health; Maggie Jones, Chief Executive, Children England; Genevieve Smyth, Lead Professional Affairs Officer, College of Occupational Therapists; Paul Burstow MP, Minister of State for Care Services, Department of Health; Professor Lindsey Davies, President, Faculty of Public Health; Helen Dent, Chief Executive Officer, Family Action; Andrew McCulloch, Chief Executive, Mental Health Foundation; Steve Shrubb, Director, Mental Health Network, NHS Confederation; Professor Carolyn Steele, Chair, Mental Health Providers Forum; Paul Farmer, Chief Executive, Mind; Jeremy Clarke, Chair, New Savoy Partnership; Paul Jenkins, Chief Executive, Rethink; Professor Helen Lester, mental health lead, Royal College of General Practitioners; Ian Hulatt, Mental Health Advisor, Royal College of Nursing; Professor Dinesh Bhugra, President, Royal College of Psychiatrists; Benita Refson, OBE, Director, The Place2Be; Martina Millburn, Chief Executive Officer, The Prince’s Trust; Sue Baker, Director, Time to Change; Liz Felton, Chief Executive, Together; Angela Mawle, Chief Executive, UKPHA; Sarah Brennan, Chief Executive, YoungMinds; Barbara Rayment, Director, Youth Access; Fiona Dawe, Chief Executive Officer, YouthNet; Pam Webb, Head, Zurich Community Trust.

Please note:  If you are not medically qualified or registered with the agency, Health Professions Council, which the Government has appointed to ‘safeguard health and wellbeing’ (Yes, really and the Government and the HPC both think this is possible.),  it is possible to creep into Government’s preferred supplier status, which gives you the Government’s safety kite-mark – you will not be murdered or abused by these Government appointees, by belonging to the New Savoy Partnership.  I have many times commented on this trade-protection association.  And they are the Establishment – both medically & therapy – And they are into protecting their patch.

[iv] The Health Professions Council Counselling and Psychotherapy Professional Liaison Group [PLG] eIpnosis report by Denis Postle

PLG – The Final Meeting February 2nd, 2011: Key decisions delegated to HPC Council