When our customers need to see a mental health therapist, we offer them a choice from our specialist network.

If you'd like to join the network, find out more about the benefits to your practice, and recognition criteria below:

What we offer you

Bupa recognition can help you build and promote your practice. The benefits include:

  • access to a large share of the health insurance market
  • raising the profile of your practice through your personal page on Finder, our online directory of Bupa recognised healthcare professionals and healthcare services, which is used by our customers, GPs and the public and receives around 110,000 visits a week
  • access to our Providers Online website and other online resources to make running your private practice simple and straightforward

Before you apply

You can apply for Bupa recognition online in three simple steps which should take less than an hour, depending on the complexity of your practice.

Before you apply, take a look at our Questions and Answers page where you can find more information about becoming Bupa recognised.

  • Step one

  • Step two

  • Step three

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Please review the terms and conditions

If you apply for Bupa recognition, we’ll take it that you agree to the terms and conditions for joining the Bupa Mental Health and Wellbeing Therapist Network (PDF, 261KB).

Confidentiality Guidelines

We’ll only use the information that you submit to us as part of this process for the purposes of this application, and in our ongoing relationship in the event that you become Bupa recognised.

We’ve indicated in the application form which information may be shared with Bupa customers on our website and through other media.

You have the opportunity to give your permission for this as you complete the application form.

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Gather the documents you need

You’ll find it easier to complete your application if you have the following information to hand:

your professional qualifications

the clinical conditions you treat and therapeutic approach you routinely use

your supervisor’s details

name and address of your therapy room(s)/practice

a completed reference from your supervisor on the template form provided

a copy of your enhanced DBS certificate, AccessNI enhanced certificate, AccessNI basic if self employed or Disclosure Scotland enhanced disclosure or Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) record check

a copy of your current indemnity insurance certificate

your photographic proof of identity and completed Proof of Identity form


Apply online

We’ll send you an on screen message to confirm we’ve received your completed application. Once we’ve received your application and supporting documents, we’ll process them. We aim to get back to you within five working days, but in busy periods it may take longer.

Your recognition begins on the day you’re added to Bupa’s list of recognised therapists; please don’t start treating Bupa patients until you’ve received our email confirming that your application is complete. We’re unable to fund any services provided to Bupa patients before that.

In response to helpful feedback from consultants, we’re introducing a new digital process which will make applying for Bupa recognition quicker and easier.

While we do this, we’re not progressing new applications for a short period.

We expect our new digital process to be available by the end of June 2022 and consultants can apply for Bupa recognition via this page after this date.

Thank you.

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