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15 April 2015

HCPC press release

WHAT? campaign highlights how statutory regulation of Arts therapists protects service users

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has launched a new campaign to promote the statutory regulation of Arts Therapists amongst employers.

The Why Hire an Arts Therapist? (WHAT?)campaign will promote the fact that Arts Therapists are a regulated profession and will also raise awareness of the legally protected titles of Art Therapist, Art Psychotherapist, Dramatherapist and Music Therapist. Anyone using one of these titles is required to meet HCPC standards for their training, professional skills,behaviour and health.

It will target organisations which employ the services of Arts Therapists,such as the NHS; private health organisations; social services; the prison service; charities; and Local Education Authorities.

An art, music or drama therapist encourages people to express their feelings and emotions through art, such as painting and drawing, music or drama. Many individual’s lives have been transformed through Arts Therapy.

Take young carer Louis for example. Aged 7, he had been suffering nightmares following a serious accident, and exhibited high levels of anxiety demonstrated by obsessive behaviour, sleeplessness and increased worry about everyday activities. Art Therapy helped Louis find peace and stopped his nightmares.

Jonathan Jones, HCPC’s Stakeholder Communications Manager said: “We have launched the WHAT? campaign in response to concerns highlighted by Arts Therapists about the apparent lack of awareness of their regulated profession. We’re working in partnership with the professional bodies to raise the profile of Arts Therapists by highlighting the benefits of using a HCPC registered professional and their work in improving the lives of service users.”

The campaign has been developed in collaboration with the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT), the British Association for Dramatherapists (BADth) and the British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT).

For more information about the campaign and more case studies visit or search #WHAT? on Twitter and Facebook.

For further press information and case studies about the campaign please contact Rebekah Tailor or Grant Imlach in HCPC’s press office on 020 7840 9806 or email


4th March 2015


‘Music Therapy – the art and science’ exhibition opens in Wales

Following on from the successful installation of BAMT’s exhibition, ‘Music Therapy – the art and science’ at the Barbican Music Library during September and October 2015, the exhibition is being toured around the UK, with the University of South Wales being the first to host this exciting and unique exhibition outside of London. 

 ‘Music Therapy – the art and science’ presents a visual history of music therapy, with original documents, music scores, letters and influential publications that plot the development of music therapy in the UK.

Liz Coombes, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for the music therapy masters at the University of South Wales said, “We are delighted to be the first venue outside London to host this exciting exhibition. The MA Music Therapy course here at USW is the only one of its kind in Wales, and we hope that this event, will enable those interested in this therapy to come along and learn more about its very wide application. The VIP launch of this exhibition will take place on 5th March and USW is delighted to welcome Dr. Philippa Derrington from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh to give a prestigious talk on this occasion. This is open to the public and is free of charge.”

Drawing on the rich experiences of music therapists and service users, their families and carers, the exhibition is a fantastic opportunity to learn about music therapy and understand the impact it has on our lives. 

Donald Wetherick, Chair of the British Association for Music Therapy said the exhibition demonstrates powerfully the role music therapists play in supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our society every day.

'I am delighted that the University of South Wales is hosting the BAMT Exhibition ‘Music Therapy – the art and science’. Music therapy in the UK has a history going back over 50 years, yet the public rarely get the chance to hear about music therapy and how it contributes to the wellbeing of people with different health and care needs.

This exhibition gives a rich insight into the history of the profession and some of the fields in which music therapists work, and I hope many people will see it and be inspired by the potential of music therapy to make a real difference to people’s lives.’ The exhibition launches formally on Thursday 5th March with a guest lecture by Dr. Philippa Derrington from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. To book a place for this free event, please email 

Media contact: 

Grace Watts, British Association for Music Therapy M: 07989 355338 E: 


 1. The British Association for Music Therapy is the professional body for music therapy in the UK, providing both practitioners and non-practitioners with information, professional support, training opportunities. It is also a charity committed to promoting and raising awareness of music therapy and providing information to the general public. BAMT aims to raise awareness about the impact of music therapy, advance education in music therapy and act as a voice for the profession as well as for those who could benefit from music therapy. 

 2. For more information, visit or e-mail: or call us on 020 7837 6100. Join us on Facebook – British Association for Music Therapy and follow us on Twitter @musictherapyuk

3. For more information about the University of South Wales and the music therapy masters course, please see 

 4. For information about the launch event on Thursday 5th March, please 

5. The University of South Wales was created in April 2013 as a result of a merger between the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport. The institution is among the top 10 campus-based universities in the UK with more than 30,000 students, and offers over 600 programmes of study.


New HCPC app for registrants launched

myHCPC app delivers standards and guidance to registrants at the touch of a button

myHCPC is a new app delivering the latest information, guidance and news updates from the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) straight to your mobile device.

The app has been created with health and care professionals in mind, specifically for registrants of the HCPC as well as students and prospective registrants. Key features include mobile-friendly access to HCPC standards; guidance on HCPC registration; resources for registrants; plus the latest social media content via YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

The easy-to-use application is free to download and is available for both Apple and Android smartphones and tablets.

The launch of myHCPC follows the HCPC’s first mobile app introduced in 2011. Aimed at the general public and enabling service users to learn more about how to raise a concern, this app allows instant access to the HCPC
Register on the go.

Tony Glazier, Web and Digital Manager of the Health and Care Professions Council, said:

"The myHCPC app has been created especially with registrants in mind. It delivers our standards in a mobile format, as well as guidance relating to CPD and registration at the touch of a button. We want to encourage
professionals to download the app to ‘make it your HCPC’."

Make it your HCPC: five key features

1) Guidance: advice and resources at your fingertips
2) Standards: access HCPC standards on the go
3) Latest news: regular updates from the HCPC
4) Social media: keep up-to-date via Twitter, Facebook and YouTube
5) Get involved: event highlights and more

To find out more about the key features of myHCPC and how you can benefit from using the app, search #myHCPC via Twitter and Facebook.

A brand new YouTube video demonstrating the five key features of myHCPC is now available to watch and share: