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BPS guidance to support psychologists with remote client assessments during Covid-19

20 May 2020

With many practitioner psychologists considering undertaking remote client assessments for the first time due to Covid-19 restrictions, we have produced guidance to support them through the process.

The global pandemic presents a range of challenges for psychologists and developing our practice to ensure clients receive the support they need is a continuous process. 

Undertaking client assessments has been impacted in many ways by Covid-19. Restrictions such as limits on face-to-face meetings and the need to wear personal protective equipment presents significant difficulties. 

Also, changes in everyday lives due to Covid-19 will affect the way clients feel and behave, and need to be taken into consideration for assessments during the pandemic.  

Psychologists may face the choice of whether to undertake an assessment remotely, face-to-face, or not at all and will need to carefully consider the risks of each alternative.

This guidance outlines best practice for decision-making around undertaking remote client assessments, to enable psychologists to meet the needs and circumstances of individual clients, services or specialities.

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