The British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH) is a national professional body whose aim is to promote high standards. Registration demands good quality training, ethical practice and adherence to our code of conduct.
Members shall at all times conduct their professional activities with propriety. Never enter into a sexual relationship with a patient under their care nor shall they exploit their patients' past, present or future financially or emotionally. Promote patient autonomy and well being and maintain respect and dignity. Shall not, under any circumstance, offer or promise cures for any conditions. Shall not give any performance or display that presents hypnosis as a means of entertainment or engage in activities likely to bring the profession into disrepute. Endeavour to keep their patients' affairs confidential. Confidentiality shall only be breached without the patient's consent in exceptional circumstances. Members have a responsibility to their patient and to the community at large and shall work within the law. Shall clearly explain patient confidentiality in the initial session. Discuss ethical dilemmas with their clinical supervisor or other qualified therapists. Shall accept that any patient referred to them by a Medical Practitioner remains the clinical responsibility of that Medical Practitioner. Under no circumstances advise their patients to discontinue any course of treatment as prescribed by a Registered Medical Practitioner. Respect the integrity of other recognised health care professionals. Consider the patient's best interest when making contact with the patient's GP, relevant psychiatric services, or other relevant professionals with the patient's knowledge. Monitor and recognise their own limits of competence through active personal development and or consultative support, clinical supervision, peer supervision, continuous professional development and patient feedback. Ensure their professional work is adequately covered by appropriate indemnity insurance. A Complaints Procedure and Disqualification and Disciplinary Procedure are published by the BSCH. Members who break the Code of Ethics and Practice shall be liable to the Disqualification and Disciplinary Procedure. Members are required to sign a Code of Conduct based on the Code of Ethics.
This code applies to all members of the BSCH and is only a summary of that code of ethics. A full outline of the code of ethics can be found at:
As a registered practitioner I set my ethics and standard of practice against those of the society.