Voluntary registers - top tips

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There are currently 85,000 qualified practitioners on accredited registers, overseen by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).  

This section outlines four key things you can do to help maximise employment opportunities for these practitioners and increase your workforce supply pool.

1) Ensure recruiting managers understand the role of the PSA and the standards it sets

The PSA helps to protect the public by accrediting a number of registers of professions that are not required by law. All practitioners registered meet a set of standards which accredited bodies have to uphold to demonstrate their commitment to ensuring good practice and patient safety. 

The standards can be found on the PSA website. You can also view the 'check a practitioner' tool, which allows you to check the registration of a practitioner when employing them.

2) Signpost recruiting managers to the registers 

It is important that recruiting managers know about the different registers and acknowledge that in some cases, there is more than one register per profession. Not only is this awareness important in encouraging staff to consider the benefits of joining an accredited register, but ensures that all the appropriate registers are highlighted when recruiting.
For example, the PSA accredits six bodies in the field of counselling and psychotherapy and two for healthcare science – all who meet the high standards set by the PSA and have processes in place to deal with registrants who fall short of these.
View the registers in our accredited registers section.

3) Ensure your job descriptions and person specifications reflect the relevant registers

Given that all accredited registers meet the same standards, we recommend employers state all of the applicable registers in job descriptions and person specifications. Not only does this good practice widen the talent pool when recruiting to vacancies and give you confidence in who you are recruiting, it ensures fairness and equality to individuals within the profession.

Please remember that it is not compulsory for unregulated practitioners to go an accredited register but employers may wish to consider profiling the benefits of being part of an accredited register as part of their recruitment process.

Information on the benefits of choosing an individual from an accredited register can be found on the PSA website.

4) Keep aware of changes 

As organisations continue to realise the benefits of having accreditation with the PSA, the register grows. You can find out who is registered and who is seeking accreditation on the PSA website:
It may also be worthwhile encouraging recruiting managers to subscribe to regular newsletters from the PSA. 

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