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BPS Policy Unit

Changing how we engage

21 May 2018 | by BPS Policy Unit

Since its launch on Friday the 13th of April, awareness of the advent of the Interim Senate and the process for the submission of proposals for policy priority areas is growing.

In the Policy Unit we are acutely aware of this being a new process and a real step change in the way in which we engage with members across the organisation in determining our key workstreams.

In designing the proposal forms and FAQs, we have tried to create a process that is both transparent and engaging – which enthuses members to consider what are the real societal challenges that our evidence base and practice tells us can make a significant and sustainable positive difference to.

Psychology is key to the identification what works to improve, support, and engage in a way that enables people and their communities to thrive rather than to deteriorate, or deteriorate further.

If we can help members in any way in discussing potential issues, developing their proposals or resolving any difficulties, please do get in touch via [email protected].

I am looking forward to speaking to the Branches Forum on 24th May about the process and I would be happy to speak at other Member Network meetings (diary permitting!).

We hope that there will be a good number of proposals to consider for shortlisting and look forward to receiving them by the deadline of 28th June.

It is also important to reiterate that the aim of the Interim Senate is not just to identify priority policy areas but also to foster collaboration and engagement across the membership.

This is where our strength lies.

The range of expertise brought to us by all grades and all specialisms is far reaching and this is what gives us the potential for real change and lasting impact.

Utilising the very best of psychological evidence for these priority areas and armed with specifically tailored influencing strategies, the Policy Unit’s role is to ensure, through a variety of tactics and activities, that target stakeholders across the four nations know what needs to be changed and how Psychology presents unique evidence based solutions.

We will also provide members with the tools to target local stakeholders (their constituency MPs, Local Government, commissioning groups, universities etc) with the same policy change messages.

We work together with our policy consultants across the four nations to push forward our key messages in a carefully co-ordinated and strategic way.

We are dedicated to achieving the level of impact set out in the Society’s statement:

“People, organisations and communities are equipped with the everyday psychological knowledge to navigate a complex world. Everyone can access evidence-based psychology to enhance their lives, communities and wider society.”

We are excited about the opportunities that the Interim Senate brings and hope that members are too.

- Dr Lisa Morrison Coulthard, Lead Policy Advisor

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