Members' Information


Website Information

Members’ Directory: Once logged onto the Member’s area if you click on ‘Members’ on the top of the page next to the ‘Log out’ box, the Member’s list is displayed. To find a specific member, type their name into the search box at the top right and their entry will be displayed.

To update your entry please click on the Profile box near the top right hand side. Under your name is an Edit Profile button. If you change your entry please can you also contact National Office with these changes.

BSCAH recommends that members do not use testimonials on their websites as they are too easily open to abuse and generally considered unprofessional.

BSCAH does have a logo available for use on member’s websites that is obtainable from National Office.

Role & Responsibility of Council Members

All officers and members of Council should:

  • Carry out their designated duties diligently, including updating information on the website
  • Comply with the Bye Laws, Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Society
  • Treat colleagues with respect, maintain appropriate communication and work as a team

Exec Committee
Comprising the Principal Officers: President, Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary and Chair of Ac & Ac

  • The Principal Officers will work together and with Council and its subcommittees
  • The committee meets as and when required (e-mail, tele-conferencing or face to face)
  • Supports and advises individual Principal Officers in their work
  • Make executive decisions that do not warrant consulting Council; such decisions taken will be reported to Council
  • Major decisions will involve consulting Council by email if it will not wait until the next Council meeting

Each Principal Officer has prime responsibility in defined areas:

Role: To take an overview and lend his/her experience whenever appropriate and requested.

  • Chair the AGM
  • Represent the position of the Society with outside agencies where necessary.
  • Perform or delegate the appraisal of the National Secretary
  • Mediate in internal difficulties

Role: To chair Council meetings (where he/she has a right to express his/her opinion on Council matters).

  • Take an active part in strategy and planning of the Society’s activities and development
  • Facilitate Council team work
  • Discuss and agree agenda drawn up by Hon Sec for Council meetings
  • Represent Society position where appropriate
  • Address the Council meetings and the AGM

Hon Sec
Role: To contribute to Society development with a major role in organisation and delivery of Society business.

  • Line manager for National Secretary
  • Responsible for the operation and administration of the Society; specifically National Office and the membership database
  • Clearing responsibility for membership applications – will refer unusual cases to Ac & Ac
  • Handle or oversee correspondence and enquiries
  • Prepare papers for Council meetings and the AGM
  • Organise the venue for Council meetings
  • Report to Council and to AGM

Hon Treasurer
Role: To be responsible for financial probity and budgeting for the national Society.

  • Preparation of annual accounts
  • Ensure compliance with charitable status and company registration requirements
  • Verify and approve all expense claims
  • Present financial report to Council and AGM
  • Handle funding requests
  • Oversee the collection of membership fees and the distribution of capitation to the Branches
  • Make recommendation to Council about the level of membership fees (usually at autumn Council meeting), ensuring compliance with direct debit rules
  • Pay the National Secretary for work done and oversee National Office expenditure
  • Report to Council and to AGM

Academic & Accreditation Committee (Ac & Ac)
Role: To maintain academic standards; supervise accreditation procedures and the referral list.

  • Ensure training courses cover the core curriculum (documents and observers)
  • Review core curriculum from time to time
  • Advise on membership eligibility issues
  • Approve requests for diploma conversions
  • Advise Council on all academic matters
  • Receive briefs from Council and report back to Council

Chair of Ac & Ac

  • Chair the Ac & Ac meetings
  • Provide reports to Council and to the AGM
  • Make recommendations to Council
  • Implement the decisions of the Ac & Ac Committee
  • Circulate information to the Committee members e.g. by e-mail
  • Bring membership queries to the Committee for consideration
  • Respond to external enquiries
  • Oversee the maintenance of the Referral List
  • Check that applicants for Accreditation have fulfilled the criteria
  • Maintain the list of Assessors and arrange any continuing training
  • Review applications for accreditation and allocate to appropriate assessors

Communications Officer:    
This role has yet to be developed.
Role: To deal with media matters on behalf of the Society; to raise the profile of BSCAH and to disseminate information regarding training.

  • To give first line response to media enquiries and to deal with or re-direct these as appropriate
  • To endeavour to be proactive and to encourage other members to be as pro-active as possible in writing articles, cases etc for publication

ESH/ISH Representative: 
Role: To be responsible for keeping BSCAH informed of all relevant information and developments pertaining to ESH and ISH.

  • To attend all relevant meetings in order to represent BSCAH and to act in BSCAH's best interests as agreed in advance with the BSCAH Council. (In the event of issues arising at CoR meetings where it is not possible to discuss in advance, to take a responsible view)
  • To ensure BSCAH has a voice and vote in all relevant matters.

In return, representatives should receive financial support where appropriate, e.g. travel expenses, membership fees and congress fees.

Newsletter Editor  
Role: To edit and prepare the newsletter for printing and arrange for its distribution.

  • Encourage and collate contributions
  • Write the editorial
  • Liaise with the National Secretary
  • Prepare the print master in a suitable format for printing
  • Send to National Secretary by designated deadline dates; otherwise arrange printing and distribution
  • Report to Council and AGM

Web master  
Role: To maintain the website in a current status.

  • Teach designated others how to maintain and update certain pages
  • Remain a resource for designated others
  • Upload material as and when requested by council
  • Ensure the website is functioning correctly at all times
  • Provide a link to the web designers (Consort Design)
  • Report to Council meetings and AGM

Branch Secretaries / Representatives:
Role: To support their Branch as locally agreed.

  • produce their Branch report for Council and for the AGM
  • submit income and expenditure accounts to National Office
  • maintain their respective web site pages with guidance from the web master

Ethical Officer:
Role: Handle issues pertaining to ethical matters and code of conduct on behalf of Council

  • Receive enquiries, correspondence, and requests on ethical matters and respond
  • Handle complaints about members and convene a Committee as and when required for individual cases
  • Maintain confidentiality according to the nature of the case.
  • Keep Chair of Council informed regarding significant matters.
  • Deal with minor or informal matters on an ad hoc discretionary basis, being ready to share with colleagues if necessary.
  • Carry out tasks requested by Council or AGM
  • Report to Council meetings and AGM

National Secretary:
Role: To support the Society in his/her given role
Duties: As determined in the Job Description


MPS (Minimum £575 for a private specialist rate) in conjunction with the medical defence union (MDU).

To be able to continue as a GP (and do locum work) there is a reduced MPS/MDU premium which also covers for therapy/hypnotherapy.

Balens Ltd
Balens Ltd, Bridge House, Portland Road, Malvern, WR14 2TA
Direct Dial:01684 581883
Affinity Department: 01684 580771
Main Office: 01684 893006
Fax: 01684 891361
Claims out of hours: 07918 941 497

Balens are extremely pleased to be working alongside BSCAH in offering their members discounted rates on insurance products with extremely comprehensive cover. If you are a member of BSCAH, you will be eligible to take advantage of the BSCAH Block Insurance Scheme.

Balens were founded in 1950 and are an ethical 4th Generation Family Brokerage with 60 staff and 60,000 plus clients. Nearly all of our business is dedicated to Health and Well-being Professionals and businesses including many not for Profit Organisations and Charities. We have been looking after Hypnotherapists for over 21 years and have designed a Hybrid policy that we believe is one of the most comprehensive on the market including important features that some other policies may not include.

We believe that Insurance is based upon good quality relationships, good communication, trust and information that is clear, fair and not misleading. Our ethos, philosophy and founding principles are uncoloured by financial motives or political agendas and we try to be impartial at all times. Client support and service are the cornerstones of who we are and what we do.  

What is included in the policy?
The insurer for the Professional Liability policy is Zurich PLC. The Cover is £4,000,000 or £6,000,000 per section, any one claim, with an unlimited number of claims in the year, plus unlimited defence costs are covered in addition, no excess.

  • Cover includes Medical Malpractice, Professional Indemnity, Public / Products Liability.
  • Includes Libel and Slander cover.
  • Full Professional Liability retroactive cover for previously insured work performed.
  • Loss of Reputation expenses to help repair damage to your business in event of a claim against you.
  • Breach of Intellectual Property.
  • Client Confidentiality Protection cover.
  • Temporary Trips abroad are covered without a time limit (ex USA and Canada).
  • Loss of Documents cover included £50,000.
  • First Aid cover as well as Good Samaritan Acts.
  • Run off cover on stopping the policy for any reason is included whether your scheme stays with this insurer or not at no charge whatsoever. There are no restrictions or conditions. This is a Major improvement on what is often available through other insurers who use Claims Made policies where you would need to request Run-off cover if stopping the policy to make sure you have cover in place if a claim was made down the line after stopping the policy. Some companies only offer 3 years which is not long enough. Others can charge for this.
  • We include an upgrade of cover feature on Zurich Policy that protects you against the effects of inflation and rising court awards – this cover is a pioneering hybrid offering the advantages of a claims occurrence policy with features normally only found on a claims made policy, but with none of the disadvantages. 
  • Our definition of a "Health Professional " or  "Health Business" and the various types of situation covered is extremely wide. We can cover over 3,000 different therapies/activities under the one policy.
  • Flexible underwriting to accommodate changes in your practice, fast turnaround of documents and queries and no additional charges for routine changes to cover or duplicate certificates.
  • We also include our Legal and Taxation Policy through DAS that offers up to £100,000 cover for Defence of your legal rights involving Criminal Proceedings as well as Data Protection and other legislation cover, wrongful arrest, actions against you for unlawful discrimination etc. Negotiation and representation (including accountants fees) in event of HMRC partial or full enquiry(Some accountants have been known to charge over £90 for this alone!), Business Assistance Helpline for emergencies involving your premises, Disciplinary Hearings Defence and Legal Expenses if you lose your Statutory Licence to practise, Wide range of free 24 hour Advice lines, including Legal/Tax Advice, Counselling and business support services and Jury or Witness Service Compensation. 

Balens Insurance Application Form download

Towergate Professional Risks
Towergate House
2 County Gate
Staceys Street
Kent ME14 1ST
T: 0113 3919555

Operate a scheme for Counsellors, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists
£107-150 per annum for up to £5m claim.
Quote can be had by completing their online form

Handbook of Contemporary Clinical Hypnosis – Theory and Practice

Available from Wiley at - new discount code available to members is SSA16 – which will  give members a 20% discount off either the paperback or hardback.

Complaints' Procedure

Ethical Chair Practice and Procedures. A guide for Members

A supplement to the ‘Making a Complaint’ procedure

Sadly the commonest task for the Ethical Chair is involvement with complaints by members about each other.  However it is reassuring that complaints involving patients are rare. The Ethical Chair can be used as a sounding board, or to facilitate resolution of a difficulty. Sometimes a formal complaint may be made.

When raising a matter with the Ethical Chair please:

Are you running a dilemma past without formality?
Are you seeking opinion, suggestions, or action?
Are you making a formal complaint?
(Formal complaints should normally be made via National Office and would be recorded there. Sometimes sensitive cases may be raised directly with the Ethical Chair.)

What action, behaviour, or information do you regard as an ethical issue?
If possible, mention your hopes or expectations.

The Ethical Chair is likely to request further clarification or discuss initial impression and proposed action. It is very difficult to proceed without timely communications from complainant and subject.

Indicate whether you accept the response or action, and whether the matter can be considered closed. Be realistic about possible outcomes, one or both parties sometimes remain dissatisfied.

In dealing with a case the ETHICAL CHAIR WILL:
Endeavour to keep all parties informed in a manner which inspires confidence and aspires to safeguard the subject, uphold the Society’s reputation, and satisfy the complainant.

Along the way all parties will be advised what might be disclosed and to whom, and professional confidentiality will be maintained. National Office would normally have a record of the original complaint and a brief summary of the outcome. Other documents are kept by Ethical Chair and whoever is privy to them, and may be destroyed or passed on to the next Ethical Chair at the discretion of the current Ethical Chair. In complex or serious cases the Ethical Chair will convene an Ethical sub-committee. The Ethical Chair would choose one to three appropriate colleagues.

Expenses Claim Form

Council members can claim ‘reasonable’ travel expenses when attending Council meetings. If distance entails a very early start (before 7am) then an overnight stay and subsistence can be claimed. Subsistence is usually around £20 a day. Lunch is provided at the meeting.

Any expenditure over and above this should have prior approval from the Hon Treasurer.

Expenses incurred whilst running one day workshops for BSCAH may also be claimed using this form.

Completed claim forms can be e-mailed FAO Dr Ann Williamson at or posted to Hollybank House, Lees Road, Mossley, Lancs. OL5 0PL.

An expense claim form can be downloaded here.

CPD and Referral List

All BSCAH members may now apply to be on the BSCAH Referral List.

Each July those on the Referral List will be sent a link to a form which needs to be completed in order to remain on the list. You will receive an automated email reminder when this is due and be directed to complete the form online which will automatically renew your name on the referral list for the next year. Unfortunately, as this is an automated system, failure to respond will mean that your name is suspended from the list until this is done. If you have any queries please contact National Office (

As good practice anyone working with hypnosis should keep up-to-date by reading, attending meetings etc. Although we do not ask for evidence, it is expected that those on the referral list should complete a minimum of 5 hours per year of hypnosis-related continuing professional development. This could include reading, writing a paper, teaching, giving a talk or presentation, attending Branch meetings, workshops or Annual Conference by BSCAH, BSMDH (Scotland), RSM Section, ESH or ISH. Other meetings may be included with prior approval by Ac & Ac.

If you wish you can keep a record of your CPD online, log in to your account, and follow the “Update your details” instructions

If you are working with patients it is important that you do not work in complete isolation and feel that you have some support. Supervision may merely consist of the occasional telephone chat about a case with a colleague rather than formal one to one paid supervision (depending on circumstances), but everyone should set up a contact for use when necessary.

If any of your details change then please remember to update your profile and if you do not wish your telephone number(s) to be displayed on the referral list please leave blank when you update your details on the website. .

Diploma Conversion
If you have received the Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis from UCL, City of Birmingham University, or Sheffield University you may convert this into BSCAH Accreditation for the purposes of obtaining the European Certificate of Hypnosis by completing the application form downloadable here.

Supervision and Mentoring

If you have a problem with a patient or a query relating to hypnosis that you would like to chat to a colleague about, here is a list of experienced BSCAH members happy to be contacted for mentorship/supervision:


Mets & South




Lancs & Cheshire