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Professional Practice Board Lifetime Achievement Award

Hot off the press, I am delighted to pass on the news that the latest joint recipients of this prestigious BPS Award are both again neuropsychologists!  The Award goes jointly to Professor Tom McMillan and Professor Narinder Kapur, and confers significant recognition of the impact that clinical and academic neuropsychology can have on the care of neurological patients, on the development of our profession, and on society more widely.  Our heartfelt congratulations to them both.

Katherine Carpenter

Thu, 23/02/2017 - 14:50

Thank you to those of you who have contacted me about the BPS Membership Advisory Group audit of this register which is currently being conducted.  The DoN Executive is entirely sympathetic to concerns some members have raised about the timing of the notification, which fell over the Christmas period, as well as the extent of the audit, which requires submission of a CPD log over 5 years by those thirty members selected for audit.  My own view is that there is a balance to be struck between valid and robust governance of our register and the potential for over rigorous and potentially unhelpful documentation and scrutiny.  Professor Gus Baker, current Chair of the DoN’s Professional Standards Unit, has had a helpful dialogue with Liam Gallagher, who is administering the audit on behalf of the Membership Advisory Group, and it has been agreed that members of the DoN Executive will contribute to the process, and that the DoN Professional Standards Unit will provide subsequent feedback on the exercise to ensure an appropriately rigorous but pragmatic process at the next cycle of audit.

If you require any advice or support in completion of your audit submission please contact either myself on

[email protected] or Gus Baker on [email protected]

While I continue to pursue the possibility of a protected title for clinical neuropsychology, which would be in the best interests of all our members, this is not likely to happen overnight, so we are keen to raise the profile of the Specialist Register.  To that end, we have written a statement about the Register, and what it represents, which is to appear on the public portal of the BPS’s new improved website – so you can direct patients and their families and carers, neuroscience colleagues, legal practitioners and other interested parties there.  In addition, the BPS has agreed to produce a practising certificate with an individual registrant number for each person on the Register, and we would encourage members to display this, and to use the additional designation ‘On the BPS Specialist Register of Clinical Neuropsychology No. 007’ on relevant correspondence and clinical reports.

 

Katherine Carpenter

Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist/

Chair, BPS Division of Neuropsychology

Tel: 07929 255 882

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 12:21

 

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