Member Update - April 2012

Message from the President

Flagship Society Events

Awards and Grants

Society News

Our Influence

Society in the News

Society Services

Have Your Say

Society Publications

BPS Learning Centre


Message from the President

Our Annual Conference is now only a matter of days away. It is shaping up to be a true celebration of psychology.

A screening of a documentary called 'Hidden Battles' will take place. The film looks at what it means to kill during war, as told by people who have pulled the trigger.

The Psychologist and Research Digest Live! takes an interactive look at our blog and monthly magazine. It will feature Dr Christian Jarrett of Research Digest on life lessons learnt from the blog, and Professor Jim Horne on people who have survived with little ill effect after losing significant parts of the same brain region.

In keeping with one of the conference's main themes - sport and exercise psychology - there will be a roundtable discussion on sport and mental health, including issues such as exercise addiction and depression.

Delegates will get to see a web-based timeline showing how psychology has developed and contributed to society, as our Origins project is launched.

Bill Yule, Emeritus Professor of Applied Child Psychology will be convening a symposium titled "The relevance of psychology to understanding, preventing and alleviating the effects of trauma". Professor Yule is keen to attract votes for a new Trauma Section for the Society.

Much has already been achieved by researchers, clinicians and practitioners but the formation of a Section would provide a focus and impetus for further work. Under the Society's rules, 1% of the membership must support the formation of a new Section for it to be formed. This number has almost been achieved so if you are interested in the Trauma Section being created, and perhaps becoming a member, please register your vote.

Hope to see lots of you at the Grand Connaught Rooms.

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Flagship Society Events

Annual Conference 2012

Over 700 people are expected to attend our 2012 Annual Conference at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London. Taking place on 18-20 April, around 100 different sessions are scheduled and 180 posters will be presented. 

Guest speakers include BBC broadcaster Claudia Hammond and British rowing champion and double Olympic gold medalist, James Cracknell.

You can follow the Conference on Twitter: #bps2012.

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Awards and Grants

Research Grant from the Division of Occupational Psychology's Going Green Working Group

Proposals are invited for a research grant of £2000 to support a research project that aims to “green” an organisation.

More details can be found on the Going Green webpages.

The deadline for applications for the grant is 20th April 2012. 

Please send any queries and/or your research proposal via the online form. If you have any enquiries please contact the DOP Going Green Working Group.


Public Engagement Grants 2012

The Publications and Communications Board has launched this year’s scheme.

Members of the Society can apply for up to £60,000 to communicate psychology to the public.

The closing date for applications is 2 July 2012.

More information is available on the grants webpage.


Research Board Lifetime Achievement Award

The call for nominations is open for the Research Board’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The Award seeks to recognise distinctive and exemplary contributions to psychological knowledge by academics and researchers over a whole career.

Nominations close on 27 April 2012.


Book Award

The Society’s Book Award recognises excellent published work in psychology. The award is made jointly by the Research Board, Psychology Education Board and Professional Practice Board.

For more information visit the Book Award webpages.

The closing date for nominations is 21 May 2012.


Obesity and alcohol related diseases: Government Funding Opportunity

The government has announced £4 million of funding for businesses to develop cutting-edge ideas to address some of the biggest health problems.

The Department of Health has opened two new competitions with up to £2 million of funding each to develop technological and innovative solutions that can:

  • Change people’s behaviour in order to reduce the impact of obesity and alcohol related diseases.
  • Improve the number of patients taking their medication as prescribed.

Obesity and Alcohol related diseases and patients not taking their medication as prescribed are major health challenges. Alcohol and Obesity related diseases cost the NHS over £7 billion each year and between 6-10 % of all hospital admissions could be preventable if prescription medication was taken correctly.

Businesses are invited to come up with innovative solutions to these challenges. This could be anything from a device which helps people monitor what they eat or drink or a personalised care package to help people take their medication as prescribed.


Distinguished Contributions to Professional Psychology

This Professional Practice Board award is aimed at psychologists who have made an outstanding contribution to professional practice.

The closing date for nominations is 1 September 2012.


Professional Practice Board Lifetime Achievement Award 2012

Nominations are invited for this award, which recognises and celebrates unusually significant and sustained contributions over a career as a practitioner of applied psychology.

The closing date for nominations is 1 September 2012.


Practitioner of the Year Award 2012

The Award for Practitioner of the Year recognises, promotes and rewards good practice by Chartered members of the Society. This award seeks to salute achievement in the preceding twelve months and to help raise awareness of the dedication and professional skills of Chartered Psychologists.

The closing date for nominations is 1 September 2012.

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Society News

Division of Neuropsychology Member Network Hub

If you are a member of the Division of Neuropsychology you can now take advantage of your Member Network Hub.

The Member Network Hub contains an events listing, news articles, resources and a dedicated discussion forum where you can engage and network with your colleagues.

Once signed in to the website, you can access the Member Network Hub by clicking the ‘Groups’ tab, available in the blue bar at the top of the screen.

The Web and eCommunications team are in the process of rolling out more Member Network Hubs to Member Network Groups. We will be contacting Member Network representatives directly with further information.


Help us go green - is your email address up-to-date?

Through saving on the production and environmental costs of paper communications, we can invest more on the many benefits of membership that are important to you.

Encourage your colleagues to check whether we have their correct email address on record.

Help us go green - confirm your email address today.

Free e-book and e-journal access for Society members

Free member access to EBSCO’s Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection (PBSC) of online journals is now available.

EBSCO provides libraries and other organisations, such as the Society, with the very latest research on a range of different subject areas.

The arrangement means that Society members will be able view all the e-journals and e-books within the PBSC. The collection comprises 567 titles indexed and abstracted, almost all of which are available for full-text download.

The service is available immediately to all Society members. To access the collection members simply need to visit the EBSCO sign-in webpage.

New sexual and gender minority guidelines published

The Professional Practice Board have published their Guidelines for psychologists working therapeutically with sexual and gender minority clients.

It provides guidance for applied psychologists in their work with sexual and gender minority clients, and gives an understanding of clients who may have suffered social exclusion and stigmatisation.


Grandparenting for practitioner psychologists is ending soon

Anyone currently practicing and using one of the protected titles should register with the Health Professions Council right away.

The deadline for submission of applications is 30 June 2012.

For more information visit our grandparenting webpage.

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Our Influence

Consultations Review

In responding to NICE’s consultation on the proposed scope of their new clinical guideline on behaviour change, the Society noted that reflective, self-regulatory approaches to behaviour change cannot be divorced from impulsive, associative and environmental approaches, and the omission of the latter from the draft scope was highlighted.  It was emphasised that it is important to identify the techniques and underpinning mechanisms of action that lead to the maintenance of behaviour change. 

The HPC recently sought views on a number of issues concerning the most effective way of assuring the fitness to practise of students, including the possibility of establishing voluntary registers of students for some or all of the existing HPC-regulated professions.  In responding to this consultation, the Society indicated that whilst we would not support a voluntary registration scheme, a compulsory student register could potentially yield certain benefits.

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Society in the News

Health & Social Care Act

As this legislation progressed through the parliamentary stages, the Society’s President, Dr Carole Allan, wrote to the Secretary of State for Health, telling him of the concerns the Society has and why the it did not support the legislation.


Society evidence to the Leveson Inquiry

Evidence submitted by the Society to the inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the press has been accepted. It will be published on Leveson Inquiry website in due course.

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Society Services

Online voting system

The Society's secure online voting system is open to members. It allows members to vote in Society ballots in a more convenient and environmentally friendly way.

To take advantage of this system, Society members of the Society simply need to sign-up.

Signing up is easy, just login to the Society website and visit the Change your Membership Details webpage, once there, scroll down and opt into Society Voting Online.

We understand that some members will prefer to vote using the traditional postal vote. This form of voting will continue.


Have Your Say: Get Involved

Join the Directory of Voluntary Careers Speakers

The Directory of Voluntary Careers Speakers (DVCS) is seeking more Chartered and Graduate members.

DVCS is a free service that puts teachers, lecturers and career advisors in touch with our members, who are willing to visit schools and other institutions to talk about their experience in psychology. and

It helps give students a better idea of what it’s like to work as a psychologist or in related fields.

Becoming a voluntary speaker is a great way to share your passion, inspire the next generation and is a great addition to your CV.

For more information and to download an application form visit the Careers Resources webpage or email the Careers Team.


Opportunity to safeguard your profession

The Partnership and Accreditation Team is looking for committed and enthusiastic Chartered Psychologists to help review and accredit postgraduate programmes.

We are particularly looking for members from academic and/or practitioner backgrounds with expertise in:

  • Running or delivering undergraduate /postgraduate training programmes
  • Supervising or managing trainee or qualified psychologists working in a range of practice environments

For further information or to obtain a statement of interest form, contact Geraldine Kavanagh via email or by telephone on 0116 252 9563. Further details can also be found on the Safeguard the Profession webpage.


e-Learning survey

The Society has teamed up with the Professional Associations Research Network (PARN) to find out members’ views and attitudes regarding e-Learning through an online survey.  The provision of CPD through e-Learning is a new initiative for the Society and this survey will inform the future direction of our e-Learning plans.

The survey is being conducted by PARN on behalf of the Society and should take 10-20 minutes to complete. Your responses to this survey will be extremely valuable and we greatly appreciate your participation. The survey closes on 30 April 2012.

The success of the Society’s e-Learning courses so far shows us just how much our members appreciate its flexibility and convenience.

For more information on what is available, go to the e-Learning webpage.


Leave your comments

Did you know you can now leave comments on news stories on the Society website? We are opening comments on an increasing number of stories, so please do share your opinion with other members and the wider public.

For an example of a story with some good comments see An expert responds to Classroom Secrets.

You have to be logged in to the site to leave a comment, and we approve all comments before they appear to make sure nothing inappropriate is posted. But comments do not take long to appear and we are keen to see more debate on the site. 

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Society Publications

New monograph, 'Educational Neuroscience' available now

Continuing the series which has focused on Psychological Aspects of Education – Current Trends, this publication is number eight in the British Journal of Educational Psychology’s Monograph Series II.

Educational neuroscience is an emerging discipline that brings together educational practitioners and cognitive neuroscientists to look at how science can be applied to educational practice.

To get a hard copy of any Society Monograph or get the complete Monograph Series, visit the BPS Shop or contact our Commercial Sales Team.

For electronic copies of our Monographs from 2002 to the present, please go to Ingenta.


Evidence-Based Mental Health

Evidence-Based Mental Health (EBMH) is a journal which includes key published papers and exclusive expert contributions.

Published 4 times a year, this publication surveys a vast range of international medical journals and selects 24 vital research articles for every issue.

EBMH is owned and published by the Society in partnership with The Royal College of Psychiatry, and BMJ.

For further details visit the EMBH webpages.


The Psychologist

The Psychologist editor, Dr Jon Sutton, is always happy to receive comments and suggestions. In particular, he would like your feedback and ideas for the new sections: ‘Ethics’ (see January issue) and ‘Viewpoints’ (see April issue). As ever, your views on who and what you would like to see featured in articles, interviews, ‘Big picture’, ‘One on one’, ‘Looking back’ and more would be welcome.

You can e-mail the editor or follow The Psychologist on Twitter.


Research Digest and Occupational Digest

The Society’s free Research Digest service continues to cover quality research and attract considerable praise. If you have never visited the blog then why not take a look? The Digest is also rapidly approaching 17,000 followers on Twitter, so follow Research Digest to see why so many think it’s a great way to keep up to date.

The number of subscribers to Occupational Digest continues to grow too. Visit the blog and follow Occupational Digest on Twitter if you are interested in psychology at work.


Looking to advertise?

Our 2012 media packs are now available to view online. Whether you are promoting your course or scouring our membership for new talent, we have a package to suit your needs.

Recruitment advertising 

All other advertising 

For further details visit the Advertise webpage.

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BPS Learning Centre

2012 CPD Directory

The BPS Learning Centre 2012 CPD Directory, illustrates our commitment in providing opportunities for our members to take part in appropriate professional development.  Packed with over 75 events, workshops and e-learning modules, the directory provides a snapshot of what is on offer from the BPS Learning Centre. To keep up-to-date with upcoming CPD opportunities, visit our events listing.


2013 CPD workshops

The Learning Centre has started planning Society’s 2013 CPD programme. Topics from member networks are available online and members are being encouraged to submit proposals for consideration by the relevant CPD committee/lead. If your network will be running workshops next year please get in touch with the Learning Centre as soon as possible to ensure these are included in the 2013 CPD Directory, due for publication in the Autumn.

Information on the call for workshops can be found online.

The deadline for submissions is 4 May 2012.

The 2012 CPD Directory is online now.


New e-Learning courses

The Society’s portfolio of skills-based e-Learning courses now includes 16 new titles. For further information on available courses go to the e-Learning web page.

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