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Accreditation Programme for Psychological Therapies Services

The Accreditation Programme for Psychological Therapies Services (APPTS) is an accreditation programme that works with psychological therapies services in the UK to assure and improve their quality. APPTS is a joint venture between the Royal College of Psychiatrists and The British Psychological Society.


The APPTS programme aims to improve the experience for service users, staff and service planning through a collaborative process of self review, peer review and accreditation.


We believe in celebrating the achievements of therapy services, encouraging the sharing of ideas and expertise. Equally, we support services in identifying areas for improvement and facilitating change.





Find out about the APPTS programme, how and why to join

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Access our directory and map of member services

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Access the APPTS Standards, Reports and Newsletters

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Find out about recent and upcoming APPTS events.

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What does APPTS Accreditation mean for commissioners?

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The views, ideas, skills and experience of people who have used psychological therapies services...

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Frequently asked questions about the APPTS Programme

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If you would like to discuss the APPTS programme or have any questions, please contact the project team. Also see current Vacancies.

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APPTS is endorsed and supported by the following organisations:


Baat iapt AFT
The British Association of Art Therapists   Improving Access to Psychological Therapies   The Association for Family Therapy
 Mind    IPTUK    Tavistock Relationships
Mind   UK Interpersonal Psychotherapy Network   Tavistock Relationships

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News Bulletin


  • Limited Time Offer: New services signing up to APPTS to receive 50% off first year of membership. Valid until 30/3/18.
  • Memories of Chris Freeman
  • 20 December 2017: Newsletter issue 04 released.
  • 16 November 2017: Resources from the APPTS Forum on Staff and Service Wellbeing published here.
  • 13 September 2017: Newsletter issue 03 released.
  • 17 August 2017: Third edition of APPTS Standards Published. See resources.
  • 15 August 2017: Therapist sought as Professional member of APPTS Accreditation Committee. See vacancies.
  • 6 July 2017: Theme announced for APPTS Forum 2017: 'Staff and Service User Wellbeing', taking place on 13 November 2017.
  • 8 March 2017: Consultation on APPTS standards revision (now closed).
  • 14 December 2016: Issue 2 of the APPTS Newsletter published.
  • 14 November 2016: The second Annual Psychological Therapies Services Forum took place in London.
  • 11 August 2016: A discount is now available to teams paying for the full 3-year cycle.
  • July 2016: APPTS has now been recognised as an official information source for the CQC
  • April 2016: A report on the first cohort of APPTS member services has now been published.