11 July 2017
Today sees the inaugural meeting of the BPS All Party Parliamentary Group for Psychology (APPG) at Portcullis House in Westminster.
The purpose of the APPG is to raise awareness amongst parliamentarians and policymakers of the importance and relevance of psychology, with the goal of ultimately maximising the impact of psychology on public policy.
The inaugural meeting, at 5:45pm, also includes a short key note from Dr Leanne Gregory, Senior Clinical Psychologist on how the application of psychology helps society better understand violent extremism and what can psychology can offer to help inform the public sector response to extremism and the need for a multi-agency approach.
Dr Lisa Morrison-Coulthard, BPS Policy Director, said:
"Recent political events and shifting social trends have demonstrated that psychology is more relevant now than ever. Sustaining increasingly-stretched public services is a challenge, and we are all acutely aware of the ever-increasing demand on services as a result of large and persistent health challenges like dementia, obesity and mental health. At the same time, concerning psychological trends need a concerted response: levels of social trust are low, inequality is rising and huge political upheavals, like Brexit, have left societies divided.
The evidence, interventions and frameworks of understanding that psychology provides can help people and policymakers respond to challenges, make sense of social trends and understand people better. The APPG on psychology is uniquely placed to come up with responses to these challenges, to ultimately enhance people’s lives and communities as well as our wider society as a whole."
Together with the Chair, Lisa Cameron MP, the BPS will work to organise regular policy panel meetings and follow up engagements on important topical issues ranging from psychology at work, to obesity and mental health.
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