Recruitment of Professional Members

Simon Milton, Professional Officer, HPCA

Recruitment of Professional Members to the Psychology Council

Expressions of interest are being sought from suitably qualified and experienced registered psychologists to act as Professional Members on behalf of the Psychology Council of New South Wales.

The primary responsibility of the Council is to protect the public by managing complaints and notifications about the health, performance and conduct of registered psychologists practising in NSW in conjunction with the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC).

Professional Members do not sit on the Council, rather they assist Council in one or more of the following ways:

  • Sitting on the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal
  • Sitting on the Impaired Registrants Panel
  • Sitting on the Performance Review Panel
  • Conducting professional performance assessments for the Council

Professional members are renumerated for their services.

Applicants will be selected on merit and assessed against the following criteria:

  1. Integrity, impartiality, open-mindedness, judgement and fairness demonstrated in senior leadership roles within the psychology profession or other mental health settings
  2. Sound knowledge and understanding of the relevant legislation, registration standards, codes and guidelines for the profession
  3. Strong understanding of the duties, obligations and objectives of the role

Applicants are required to complete the Expression of Interest form (available here) and submit it with a brief statement addressing each of the selection criteria and an up to date curriculum vitae (maximum of 5 pages).

The closing date for Expression of Interests is 21 September 2018. Applications should be submitted by email to mail@psychologycouncil.nsw.gov.au.

 

Further information

To ensure the health and safety of the public, as well as the equitable treatment of both the complainant and the health practitioner, complaints need to be considered in a timely manner. Undue delay in the management of complaints does not meet the objectives and guiding principles of the Health Practitioner National Law.  As such, in your Expression of Interest, you should provide a realistic estimate of your availability. 

You should also indicate in which roles you be willing to assist Council. Note, you may choose any number of roles in the following areas:

The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) adjudicates the prosecution of serious complaints following investigation by the HCCC. NCAT also adjudicates appeals by a practitioner against certain decisions by the Council and the National Boards. Finally, NCAT is the appropriate review body for orders cancelling a practitioner’s registration and in many cases for orders imposing conditions on registration.

An Impaired Registrants Panel consists of health practitioners who have experience in dealing with health and impairment matters. The Panel makes inquiries into the matter and seeks the practitioner’s voluntary agreement to any proposed suspension or conditions. The recommendations of the Panel and any proposed conditions are detailed in a report to the Council.

A Performance Review Panel is a hearing at which the professional performance of a practitioner is reviewed. The principle consideration of the panel is whether it considers the professional performance of the practitioner to be unsatisfactory. At its conclusion, the Panel must provide a written statement of decision to the Council and practitioner.

A Performance Assessment involves assessors attending the practitioner’s place of work to assess the practitioner's professional performance. The assessment is usually comprehensive and broad based, looking at a wide range of elements of the practitioner’s performance. It includes and includes:

  • observing real patient consultations
  • reviewing clinical records
  • conducting a clinical interview
  • interviewing staff and colleagues
  • writing a report to the Council

For further information, please contact Simon Milton, Professional Officer, by email at SMilton@hpca.nsw.gov.au