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Northern Ireland Branch

Northern Ireland Branch

Welcome to the Northern Ireland Branch of the British Psychological Society.

You will able to find all the latest information for Northern Ireland. Our Northern Ireland Branch, although based in Northern Ireland, supports Society members throughout the whole of Ireland.

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Latest Update from the Chair:

Dear Members

I am writing to update you on a number of items of importance to the

Development of the Branch

  • North West Hub
  • Change of personnel in role of Policy Advisor NI
  • Awards to Branch Members
  • Origins Project NI



Policy Advisor

Ciara Fitzpatrick has been our Policy Advisor through the contracted firm MCE Public Relations since September 2013. During her time with us she has made a huge positive impact on our work with local politicians and by leading on our Policy Strategy development.  Ciara is leaving MCE to return to her studies (she is starting a PhD in law) and will be replaced on 5th September by her colleague Arlene O’Connor.  We wish Ciara all the best and thank her most sincerely for her contribution and look forward to working with Arlene in the future.


Awards to Branch Members

I am delighted to advise members that Professor Jackie Bates-Gaston, Chief Psychologist at The Northern Ireland Prison Service has recently received an Award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Practice in Forensic Psychology from the Division of Forensic Psychology.  Jackie is currently chair of DFPNI and a member of the NIBPS Committee.  It is great to see our members receive such accolades from their peers.  


NIBPS AGM, 15 October 2014, Dunadry Hotel, Antrim

Members will shortly be receiving notification of the NIBPS Annual General Meeting which will incorporate a number of events.  The draft programme for the series of events is as follows:


4.00pm:                CPD Update

Facilitated by Ms Geraldine O’Hare, Forensic Psychologist and Dr Lynn Dunwoody, Health Psychologist both of whom have a wealth of experience in working as assessors with the HCPC, the event will have video presentations from HCPC staff also.

6.00pm:                NIBPS AGM

6.30pm:                DECPNI AGM (The DECPNI AGM scheduled for April 2014 was not quorate and is being reconvened)

7:00pm:                Origins Psychology NI Event


Origins Psychology NI:   The evolution and impact of the science and practice of psychology in Northern Ireland

Following on from the official launch of the Origins Psychology NI project in April at the Annual Conference, the Origins Project Group would like to invite members employed as psychologists from the 1950’s to the late 1990’s to the AGM and Origins Psychology NI  Project Event. The purpose of the event is to help the project team to identify key events/people who have contributed to the early stages and subsequent development of psychology in Northern Ireland – education and training, service provision in all branches of psychology, as well as academic research. 


Just to remind members that the Origins Psychology NI Project is supported by a grant from the BPS Public Engagement Fund and the plan is to have the project launched at the 60th anniversary of the Branch in 2016.   There are some funds to support research in locating and organising the historical materials that we find.  If anybody is interested in helping the project in this way, please contact me at before 30 Sept 2014, payment will be on an hourly basis.  


Best wishes

Prof. Carol McGuinness

Branch Chair

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