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Ethics Committee - Various Positions

In an ever changing and challenging world, the issue of ethics in psychology are growing in number and complexity. Pursuing an agenda of utmost integrity, professionalism and professional practice is integral to the BPS Code of Ethics.

The Board of Trustees is seeking to appoint members of the Society to various vacancies within the Ethics committee from November 2019.

The remit of The Ethics Committee is to promote ethical practice in the science, education, research and practical application of Psychology.

BPS is looking for experts in ethics, both in psychology but more widely in the field to ensure that it tackles those ethical challenges appropriately in the delivery of education and psychological therapies in the broadest sense.

The individual roles within the committee involve:

  • Bringing to the table a wide range of ethical challenges and issues that will directly impact BPS members in their psychological roles

  • To consult, insofar as is possible, with members of their Member Network or colleagues within the field of expertise, on relevant items on the agenda for forthcoming meetings

  • To represent the views of their Member Network or colleagues within the field of expertise at meetings of the Ethics Committee
  • To report back to their Member Network or colleagues within the field of expertise on discussions and outcomes arising from meetings of the Ethics Committee
  • To refer items of relevance to ethics arising within their Member Network or colleagues within the field of expertise to the Ethics Committee, as appropriate

Person Specification

Applications are sought from individual members of the society with the following Member Networks and/or areas of expertise, who are highly knowledgeable and influential in the field of ethical principles and practice. With four committee vacancies arising BPS is wishing to here from those who may be interested and who are::

  • A member of the BPS Division of Health Psychology
  • A member of the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology
  • A member with specific expertise in the welfare of animals in Psychology
  • A member and HCPC registered practitioner with proven track record and specific expertise in equality, diversity and inclusion issues

In addition, any applicant must possess the following personal qualities

  • Commitment to maintaining high standards
  • Ability to make and stand by decisions that may prove to be contentious
  • Ability to withstand pressure

Level of Commitment

The Ethics Committee meets three times a year either face to face or by teleconference. Meetings usually take place in Leicester or in London.

In addition, successful candidates will be asked to participate in task and finish groups on special ethics initiatives while contributing to the Society’s continuous horizon scanning, knowledge of ethical practice in psychology and contributing to addressing complex ethical changes relating to practice, education and training.

How to apply

The deadline for submission of statement of interest forms and curriculum vitae is 29 August 2019.

If necessary, interviews may need to be conducted between the 10th and 21st September.

The appointment will be fixed term and cover a period of three years.

For further information and the relevant form, please, contact Lorraine Isaac at [email protected]

Interested parties are welcome to contact the current Chair, Dr Roger Paxton, for an informal discussion before they put forward their statement of interest by emailing him at [email protected]

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