Practitioner of the Year

The Award for Practitioner of the Year has been created to recognise, promote and reward 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 British Psychological Society believes that it is important to recognise the key role that Chartered Psychologists play within our Society. An award such as this will help to promote the hard work undertaken by such colleagues who are ambassadors of the profession.


The Practitioner of the Year Award is open to practitioners who are Chartered Psychologists. The award will not be made to psychologists whose main area of work is within an academic department. It is not limited to residents of the UK. However, a nomination will only be accepted for a named individual or individuals. Self-nominations and third-party nominations (including colleagues, employers and clients etc.) will be accepted. All nominations must be supported by three referees. Nominations should be a narrative (1000 words maximum) highlighting the candidate's achievements and the grounds for nomination, that:

  • showed outstanding commitments to their work as a Chartered Psychologist
  • demonstrated best practice
  • carried out/produced distinctive work as a Chartered Psychologist
  • demonstrated methodological rigour in their approach
  • demonstrated ethical practice
  • practice of applied/contributed to knowledge base
  • demonstrated the creativity and originality of the achievement
  • achievements made have helped increase the public understanding of the contributions of applied psychology to improve the human condition
  • involvement in project management and the introduction of new services
  • A narrative of achievements in the preceding twelve months that address the criteria and the candidates' contributions to these areas.

The award will confer a commemorative certificate which will be presented to the recipient at an appropriate Society conference. Members are invited to put forward names for the award. Member networks represented on the Professional Practice Board may each also nominate a candidate.

Nominations will be considered by an award committee, which will include the Chair of the Professional Practice Board and a nominee of each member network represented on the Board. If there are no suitable nominations, no award will be made.

Nominators must declare all personal and professional conflicts of interest - e.g. if nominating a spouse/partner or other relation. Conflict of interest will not prevent acceptance of the nomination, but will be borne in mind by the awarding panel when considering the award. If there is found to be a conflict of interest that has not been declared, the nomination will be withdrawn.

Steps will be taken to ensure that no nominees receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of, for example, gender, colour, ethnic origin, nationality, religion, disability, sexual preference or age. Candidates who are members of minority groups in the community will be welcomed.


Nominations should be submitted to the Chair of the Professional Practice Board via the Society's office no later than 1 September in any given year.

For further details, contact Policy Advice Administrative Assistant.

Find out about previous award winners

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