Stakeholder Consultation Notice: Psychologists Registration Board

Background

The regulation of health and social care professions is essential to the provision of high-quality, safe and effective patient care. As the statutory body established to regulate the professions as designated in the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 (as amended), CORU’s Framework for Criteria for Education and Training Programmes and Framework Standards of Proficiency are designed to standardise the development of a consistent approach by the individual professions to the definition of education standards required for practice in Ireland.  These standards are reviewed and adopted by the individual registration boards for use in approving and monitoring education and training programmes for these professions.  These framework documents were approved by Council and introduced in December 2015.

The Psychologists Registration Board (the Board) are requesting feedback on the draft Standards of Proficiency (SOP) for Psychologists and the draft Profession Specific Criteria for Education and Training Programmes for use in the opening the Register for Psychologists. These are based on the Framework Standards of Proficiency and Framework Criteria for Education and Training Programmes as approved by Council.

Standards of Proficiency

These are the knowledge, skills and professional qualities that should be demonstrated by graduates of an approved programme for the safe and appropriate practice of psychology.  They are the threshold standards for entry to the profession.

The Standards of Proficiency are designed to describe what the newly graduate psychology should be able to do in order to enter the register. The language of the revised Standards therefore is focused on graduate outcomes, skills and abilities and uses the phrase ‘the graduate will be able to…’

Criteria for Education and Training Programmes

The Criteria for Education and Training Programmes outline the management and supports a programme must have and are used to ensure that a programme has a system in place to consistently and safely produce graduates who meet the standards of proficiency for the profession.  The Criteria include specifications about practice placement and the academic level of programmes.

The Criteria for Education and Training Programmes are separated into Core Criteria and Profession Specific Criteria. Core Criteria for Education and Training Programmes are approved for use by Council with all our professions. These are provided to you so you can better consider the Profession Specific Criteria, but feedback will not be sought on this document. The Profession Specific Criteria have been tailored to your profession and will be considered as part of the consultation.

Online Questionnaire

You are now invited to submit your personal views or your organisation’s views on the draft Criteria and Standards for psychologists by completing this online questionnaire. We encourage responses to all of the questions as well as any additional comments that you would like to make. Following this consultation process and consideration of submissions received, the Criteria and Standards of Proficiency will both be reviewed by the Psychologists Registration Board.

Closing Date

The consultation process will close at 5pm on Friday 29 January 2021. Any submissions received after this date will not be considered. 

If you have any questions or if you require further information, please contact CORU by email on strategyandpolicy@coru.ie

We thank you in advance for your participation in this consultation.

Documents and Links

Please see the Core Criteria for Education and Training Programmes consultation document here.  Please be reminded that feedback is not being sought regarding this document. 

Please see the draft Profession Specific Criteria for Education and Training Programmes for Psychologists consultation document here.

Please see the draft Standards of Proficiency for Psychologists consultation document here.

Please see the online questionnaire here.

Data Protection and Freedom of Information

Please note that submissions made to CORU during our consultations are subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2014.The information provided to CORU consultations will be stored in a secure and confidential manner by CORU and will only be used for the purposes outlined. It will be deleted in line with our record retention policy.