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London & Home Counties Branch

Welcome to the website of the London & Home Counties (L&HC) Branch of the British Psychological Society.

 

Message from the Chair

The British Psychological Society London & Home Counties Branch is a geographically defined membership network within the BPS. It has over 16,000 members, from students to the retired, from researchers and practitioners in all disciplines within psychology, to people who have maintained their BPS membership yet do not currently work in the field.

The branch committee largely organises talks, networking events and conferences. The main event this year was a highly successful symposium on Identity, held at the Institute for Child Health, featuring keynote speakers Professor Constantine Sedikedes of Southampton University and Dr Vivian Vignoles of Sussex University. Amongst many other talks, the branch hosted a presentation by Professor Peter Kinderman on his proposals for changing the provision of mental health care, and by Professor Gail Kinman on work-life balance.  One of the most important activities we organise is a series of career talks by established practitioners.

The region is home to psychologists working in many of the UK’s top universities, hospitals, companies and charities as well as the government. Our geographical boundaries are somewhat idiosyncratic, covering most but not all of Greater London, and extending outside the M25 to Kent, eastern Berkshire, and southern parts of Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. Most of our events are held in the BPS Offices in London but we also run events in hubs at the University of Hertfordshire, the University of Kent and in Windsor.

Broadly the committee is focused on providing services for members:

  • Help for students (mainly in navigating their way along the career path, not necessarily within traditional psychology routes, but also offering support for students and trainee psychologists).
  • Continuing professional development for practitioners (and researchers), working in conjunction with the BPS divisions. This means presentations on best practice and relevant research.
  • Events to increase the public awareness of psychology.
  • Support for BPS policy initiatives.
  • Networking, to enable members from different disciplines to meet.
  • Social media to open up communication channels between the committee and members, and between members.

There are many ways you can get involved with the BPS through the branch:

If you want to get in touch for any reason, please email me on LONDON&[email protected] 

Dr James Barr, CPsychol
Chair