From Mental Health Law Online
An amendment to Mental Health Act 1983 Approved Clinician (General) Directions 2008, in force 1/7/09, to reflect the statutory regulation of psychologists by the Health Professions Council from that date. Psychologist ACs must be registered with the HPC.
The amendment is:
- In Schedule 1 (professional requirements), the following paragraph is substituted for paragraph (b)-
- “(b) a psychologist registered in Part 14 of the Register maintained under article 5 of the Health Professions Order 2001.”
The previous paragraph read:
- (b) a chartered psychologist who is listed in the British Psychological Society’s Register of Chartered Psychologists and who holds a relevant practising certificate issued by that Society
- Approved mental health professionals, approved clinicians and best interests assessors – guidance on changes to qualifying requirements for psychologists from 1 July 2009 - "The introduction of the statutory regulation of psychologists from 1 July 2009 means that the qualifying requirements are changing for psychologists wishing to be approved mental health professionals (AMHPs) and approved clinicians (ACs) under the Mental Health Act 1983 or best interest assessors under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 deprivation of liberty safeguards (MCA DOLS). The Department of Health has issued the attached guidance note explaining the changes, which take effect from 1 July 2009."