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Chief Executive Officer, British Psychoanalytic Council

We are looking for our new CEO to refocus and develop our role and impact in advancing knowledge and understanding of psychoanalysis and what it has to offer the NHS and the wider mental health debate.

  • Location: London, N19
  • Salary: £78,000 to £90,000, depending on experience. Full-time, but four days p/w considered.

About the role

The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a charity that advances the health of the public through the regulation of professional standards and clinical practice. We also work to raise the understanding of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, taking an active role in public policy debates around the provision of talking therapies. Our aim is to safeguard the public, promoting the highest standards of training and research and making psychotherapy accessible to all. Our register of practitioners is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under its voluntary scheme.

We run several events and conferences throughout the year that are aimed at clinicians and academics. We also publish New Associations, our highly regarded magazine, that links psychoanalytic thought with current societal issues. We issue guidance to practitioners and accredit training programmes as well as managing a complaints process for patients.

The CEO will be responsible for the professional leadership and management of BPC, working with the Chair, ensuring that the Board of Trustees formulates and regularly reviews the organisation’s mission and strategic plan. You will ensure long-term sustainability, through effective governance, sound finance and creative business development, providing exceptional leadership to a passionate staff team. We are a small organisation, so you will not only need to lead strategically, but be able to comfortably balance strategy with day-to-day operational duties.

Who we're looking for

You will focus on enhancing our reputation and profile, championing the profession of psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy and counselling. You will develop and maintain strong, responsive, and consultative relationships with our Member Institutions and be an effective and visible ambassador for the BPC, working alongside other partners in the field to develop a long-term strategy for the wider professions of counselling and psychotherapy.

We are looking for an experienced leader with strong political nous, who can effectively manage the complexities of this profession and be strong at managing policy and campaigning issues at the highest levels. You will be patient with the gravitas to be credible and influential in a representational capacity. Importantly, you will be an open and empowering leader to enable the organisation to deliver impact.

Whilst you may have experience in psychoanalysis, this is not essential. Most importantly, you will be able to demonstrate a commitment and interest in psychoanalysis, both as a way of thinking about society and as a method of treatment.

More information

If you would like to have an informal conversation about this opportunity you can contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

James Hunt | james@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07711 405444

Closing date for formal applications: 9am, Monday 15th February 2021

If you would like to know more about this role please contact James Hunt

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A welcome from the Chair of Trustees, Susanna Abse

Dear Applicant,

I’m delighted that you have expressed an interest in the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).

We’re a small team of eight staff, based at our offices in North London, and we have an annual turnover of c£600K. We’re the leading professional association and a Professional Standards Authority Voluntary Accredited Register for the psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy profession in the UK. One of our key roles is to regulate the profession, adjudicating on complaints and maintaining professional standards. The other is to advance understanding of our work to the public and support our profession via guidance, training and other activities.

We enjoy a reputation for high clinical and professional standards within the counselling and psychotherapy profession and, unlike other similar organisations, we’re purely psychoanalytic in our focus. We accredit training programmes operated via our Member Institutions, ensuring that they meet our exacting standards. Individuals who qualify from these accredited trainings are eligible to become Registrants of the BPC and appear on our public Register. Registrants must comply with our code of ethics and Continuing Professional Development requirements.

As well as our regulatory role, we advance the knowledge and understanding about psychoanalysis and psychoanalytically informed therapies, through working with policy makers and through conferences, publications and other activities.

We’re looking for our new CEO to refocus and develop our role and impact in advancing knowledge and understanding of psychoanalysis and what it has to offer the NHS and the wider mental health debate. You’ll be an enabling and collaborative leader, able to get the best out of our small, expert team and engage effectively with our Member Institutions. You’ll be someone able to think clearly about our role as a regulator, supporting and advising the professionals involved in this work on behalf of BPC.

We need someone with strong political nous, who’s able to manage the complexities of the profession, be credible in managing policy and campaigning issues at the highest levels and be compassionate about the challenges of mental health and wellbeing in society. You’ll be patient and have the gravitas to be credible and influential in a representational capacity. In addition, we’re looking for someone to have an open and empowering style to enable the BPC to deliver real impact.

Whilst you may have knowledge of psychoanalytic ideas or practice, this isn’t essential. Most importantly, you’ll be able to demonstrate a commitment to psychoanalysis, both as a way of thinking about society and as a method of treatment.

For the right candidate, this is an exciting opportunity to be part of an ambitious, friendly organisation where your voice, your ideas and your contribution will have a critical impact on our success.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Susanna Abse
Chair of Trustees, British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)

Who we are

We are the leading professional association and a Professional Standards Authority Voluntary Accredited Register for the psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy profession in the UK.

We enjoy a reputation for high clinical and professional standards within the counselling and psychotherapy profession and, unlike the other similar organisations, we are purely psychoanalytic in our focus.

Our Member Institutions (MIs) are training institutions and professional associations that include some of the most distinguished bodies in the field with international reputations for the rigour of their intellectual thinking and training.

We accredit training programmes operated via our Member Institutions, ensuring that they meet our exacting standards. Individuals who qualify from accredited training are eligible to become Registrants of the BPC and appear on our public Register. Registrants must comply with our code of ethics and Continuing Professional Development requirements. We are accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

We also ‘kite mark’ several training programmes that are psychoanalytic in their formulation but do not, on their own, enable practitioners to appear on our Register. Practitioners completing this training can appear on our public rosters. We currently kite mark Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT), Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT), and Transference Focused Psychotherapy (TFP).

As well as our regulatory role, we advance the knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytically informed therapies in a range of critical policymaking and opinion-forming arenas in the UK.

We also lead debate about the role of psychoanalytic theory and thinking outside of the consulting room. We engage with academia through our Scholars programme and through events such as our annual ‘Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Now’ conference, and our termly magazine ‘New Associations’ that is widely regarded as one of the smartest, liveliest publications in the psychotherapy world.

Our vision and mission

We have a vision of a society that recognises and values human relationships and the use of psychoanalytic theories of mind to support emotional wellbeing, good mental health, and effective social policy to create a better society.

Working for a better future for everyone

We are working towards a future where psychoanalysis is acknowledged as a theory of mind that can support policy development to tackle society’s ills. Psychoanalytically informed work is routinely made available as a treatment to anyone in emotional distress, whatever their gender, ethnicity, sexuality, disability or income.

Our mission

Our mission is to advance the health of the public though the promotion of the highest clinical standards of training and clinical practice of psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychodynamic counselling; and advance the education of psychoanalytic theories of mind.

Our charitable objects

As a charity all our activity must be designed to further our charitable objects:

  • to advance the health of the public through the maintenance and regulation of professional standards and clinical practice in psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy and counselling, and through the promotion and accreditation of training.
  • to advance education in and of psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy and counselling and its theoretical underpinnings through – but not limited to – the promotion of research and publication of the useful results thereof; and advancing knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytically informed therapies.

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    Timetable

    Closing date: 9am, Monday 15th February 2021
    Longlisting: Friday 19th February 2021
    First stage interviews: Wednesday 24th February 2021
    Final stage interviews: Monday 1st or Wednesday 3rd March 2021

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